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Peter Tatchell: ‘FIFA has no option but to cancel Qatar World Cup’ over tests to ‘detect’ gays

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  1. Absolutely correct! It should be cancelled forthwith. The ONLY way to focus the minds of the dictators in these backward and disgusting regimes is to hit ‘em where it hurts: in the pocket, causes maximum embarrassment and damages their prestige.

  2. Colin (London) 8 Oct 2013, 5:38pm

    Well said Mr Tatchell. FIFA can we have your comments on this please.

    To be honest it should never have been placed there in the first place. In the west now money is more important than democracy. We must quickly find a replacement to oil.

  3. first of all peter kuwait and qatar are two different countries. secondly the proposed measure would have to be approved at next meeting of gcc to become law across the region. not sure dubai and qatar would have been thrilled with the damaging consequences of such law.

    dubai heavily relays on foreign labour, from construction to global finance and qatar is trying to avoid the type of debate that is currently surrounding sochi winter olympics.

    1. Dave North 8 Oct 2013, 8:58pm

      Drom the UN’s own website.

      Article 40, Paragraph 4, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights expressly forbids this under Article(12) if it is not consistent with the parameters laid out in Article(18).

      Article 12, paragraph 3, provides for exceptional circumstances in which rights under paragraphs 1 and 2 may be restricted. This provision authorizes the State to restrict these rights only to protect national security, public order , public health or morals and the rights and freedoms of others. To be permissible, restrictions must be provided by law, must be necessary in a democratic society for the protection of these purposes and must be consistent with all other rights recognized in the Covenant (see para. 18 below).

      1. Dave North 8 Oct 2013, 9:00pm

        Para. 18 – The application of the restrictions permissible under article 12, paragraph 3, needs to be consistent with the other rights guaranteed in the Covenant and with the fundamental principles of equality and non-discrimination. Thus, it would be a clear violation of the Covenant if the rights enshrined in article 12, paragraphs 1 and 2, were restricted by making distinctions of any kind, such as on the basis of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

        And as Kuwait and the other GCC countries are signed up to this they do NOT have that right.

        1. all sort of countries are accused of breaching and ignoring UN conventions and resolutions incl. uk and so called ‘the only democracy in the middle east’

  4. I was wondering what the Kuwaitis have to do with it. Your ignorance is as great as theirs tatchell.

  5. Helge Vladimir Tiller 8 Oct 2013, 7:47pm

    I fully agree with P. T. A man Britain should be proud of.

  6. I’m going to make prediction – FIFA will do nothing.

  7. Benjamin Bee 9 Oct 2013, 7:02am

    Well, if FIFA do not cancel Qatar, governments must cancel the FIFA. Isn’t it simple? (from Brazil)

  8. Christopher in Canada 9 Oct 2013, 12:52pm

    Well, I’d better rearrange my songs in my ipod! All AC/DC to the top, all Donna Summer and Liza Minnelli to the bottom! I’d better wear black socks with my sandals as well..

  9. will greed, as always is the case these days, superseed human rights issues and simple decency. I am afraid bigotry and obscurantism and incestuous befellows of big money … We shall see, but keeping my hopes very low

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