“May pride be worldwide”: Amnesty International's campaign that seeks to make visible and celebrate diversity days before the start of Qatar 2022

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In the host country of the sporting event, being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans is penalized. The NGO promoted this initiative to counter speeches that incite discrimination and violence based on gender

Amnesty International called to guarantee rights of people without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

The NGO Amnesty International launched, together with other civil society organizations, the campaign “May Pride be Worldwide” with the aim of guaranteeing the rights of people without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

< p class="paragraph">“We are in Pride month in Argentina, and thanks to advances in rights, the diversities in our country can celebrate it. On the other hand, in Qatar, where the World Cup begins this week, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex is penalized. In the face of hatred, repression and violence, we show the world that we respond with pride,” said Mariela Belski, executive director of Amnesty International Argentina.

The international NGO promotes the campaign “May Pride Be Worldwide” together with Abosex, Brandon, Mocha Celis, Fundación MxM, Synergia and Transformando Familias. Together they made an ad with the aim of “making visible and celebrating diversity and counteracting a rise in speeches that incite discrimination and violence based on gender, not only in Argentina but also globally.”

“The civil society organizations that promote the campaign call to change the perspective and treatment of LGTBI+ people and contribute to dignified treatment and the guarantee of rights for all and all, in conditions of equality and without discrimination”, said Amnesty International in a statement.

“May pride be Worldwide”: Amnesty International's campaign that seeks to make visible and celebrate diversity on days of start of Qatar 2022

Amnesty International's campaign seeks to make visible and celebrate diversity days before the start of Qatar 2022

Qatar is one of the 68 countries in the world where homosexuality is punishable by law. Some footballers have raised concerns about fans traveling to the event, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and women, who are discriminated against under Qatari law, according to human rights groups.

< p class="paragraph">However, the organizers of the World Cup have repeatedly stated that everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or background, is welcome during the tournament.

Less than two weeks before the final tournament, Khalid Salman, Qatar's ambassador to the World Cup and former soccer player, told the German channel ZDF that homosexuality was “mental damage”.

“May pride be Worldwide”: Amnesty International's campaign that seeks to make visible and celebrate diversity on days of start of Qatar 2022

People protest against Qatar 2022 together with LGBT+ associations in front of the FIFA World Soccer Museum, in Zurich, Switzerland, November 8, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Salman added that the country is expecting over a million visitors for the World Cup and anyone coming to Qatar for the tournament must “accept our rules here”.

< p class="paragraph">Australia's soccer team has spoken out against Qatar's record on human rights and gay relations, while players from Denmark travel They will attend the tournament without their families to protest the country's human rights record.

(With information from Reuters)< /p>

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