“Check your idols”: Shakira and J Balvin are asked not to sing at the opening of the World Cup in Qatar for violation of human rights in that country

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In Qatar, explained Mariela Belski, executive director of Amnesty International Argentina. women, diversities and migrants “have a very limited margin to defend themselves and act for their rights”

“Check your idols”: ask Shakira and J Balvin not to sing at the opening of the World Cup in Qatar for violation of human rights in that country

FILE PHOTO: NFL Football – Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show – Kansas City Chiefs v San Francisco 49ers – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida, U.S. – February 2, 2020. Shakira performs during halftime show. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

This week, Dua Lipa clarified the many rumors that were circulating regarding her possible musical presentation at the opening of the World Cup in Qatar, a sporting event that will begin on November 20. Alleging the attacks on human rights in that country, the singer assured that she would support her country's team from a distance, since she would not be collaborating with an event that is openly against the principles and beliefs her. The actions of the interpreter of 'Future Nostalgia' have made the followers of Shakira, an artist invited to the opening ceremony, make the same decision.

“There is currently a lot of speculation about my presentation at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I am not going to introduce myself nor have I been involved in any negotiations to perform. I will be rooting for England from afar andhope to visit Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights promises it made when it won the right to host the World Cup”, said the British singer of Kosovar Albanian origin, denying your presence there.

Through social networks, dozens of users and followers of the Colombian singer have asked her to be consistent with her ideals and give up her musical presentation in Qatar. Nico Isaza, influencer and activist on political issues, for example, condemned that the Barranquillera, and J Balvin, did not take the same actions as the creator of 'New Rules'.“While Dua Lipa announces that she will not travel to the World Cup in Qatar for the violation of human rights against women, gays and worker immigrants, J Balvin and Shakira sell their principles to appear at the inauguration”, he sentenced.

“Shakira and J Balvin are going to sing at the World Cup in Qatar because they grew up in a country where human rights are not respected. For them, discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people is normal. Not for Dua Lipa. His rejection of violence is something to admire”, wrote another tweeter.

“Check your idols”: ask Shakira and J Balvin not to sing at the opening of the World Cup in Qatar for violation of human rights in that country

Shakira is asked not to sing at the World Cup in Qatar

With this invitation, Shakira would become the artist who, for the first time in history, has sung in four World Cups. Not for nothing, the Colombian is known as the 'Queen of the World Cups'. The interpreter of ‘Monotonía’ was at the World Cup in Germany in 2006; in South Africa, in 2010; in Brazil, from 2014; and now, until further notice, in Qatar, 2022.

“So, Shakira is going to sing at the World Cup in the country where: Gender violence is not typified in the penal code; if an unmarried woman gets pregnant she goes to jail; Women need permission and guardianship from men at various stages of their lives. Check your idols”, another citizen wrote on Twitter.

According to Amnesty International, Qatar is one of the 70 countries in the world where love and sexual relations between people of the same sex are criminalized. In that territory, this is considered a crime that can be punished with up to seven years in prison. That same entity points out that women are also a population that is the victim of different abuses and violent situations. There, Islam is the official religion. Under its laws, women are at a lower level than men, so much so that they must ask permission to work, study or get married. They are always under the command of a male figure.

In addition to these two populations strongly affected by this regime, the context of the people migrants who work there. In fact, Amnesty International asked FIFA to allocate a figure close to US$440 million to compensate migrant workers. According to the complaints, they are subjected to demeaning situations, labor exploitation, and conditions that are far from dignified. Since 2010, according to the British newspaper The Guardian, to date some 6,500 people have died.

“Check your idols”: ask Shakira and J Balvin not to sing at the opening of the World Cup in Qatar for violation of human rights in that country

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Nasser al Khatel, chief executive of the committee that organizes the World Cup in Qatar, highlighted, in an interview with the international news portal CNN that the number of fatalities in the World Cup stadiums, which are related to work, are three, no more than that.

“In Qatar, women, diversities and migrants have a very limited margin to defend themselves and act for their rights. When they do so, in the streets or online, they face intimidation and aggression from society or are subjected to imprisonment and punishment by the authorities. For this reason, at Amnesty International we look where we must look to guarantee the human rights of all people”, said Mariela Belski, executive director of Amnesty International Argentina.

“ The abusive use of force, torture, and even disappearances and murders are a structural problem in Argentina. The State is responsible for guaranteeing the control, monitoring, training and accountability of the security forces,” added the official.