british singer Dua Lipa said on Sunday that will not participate in the opening of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. “I am looking forward to visiting Qatar when has fulfilled all the promises in terms of human rights what he did when he obtained the right to organize the World Cup”, the artist expressed this Sunday through an Instagram story and categorically denied the rumors about a possible show of hers in the opening show.
“I will not be acting nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to act,” she assured and thus denied some rumors that had circulated about a possible performance by the artist at the opening ceremony of the tournament. And she closed: “I will be cheering for England from afar.”
Denunciations of the lack of freedom in various aspects promise to be indelible stains on the entire competition, and the British artist took issue with the way human rights are handled in Qatar.
The host country of the first World Cup in the Middle East faces global resistance over its human rights policy, especially in the treatment of women, migrant construction workers and members of the LGBTIQ+ community.
Male homosexuality is illegal, with fines and penalties of up to three years in prison, and even Qatari Muslims can be sentenced to death under sharia, Islamic law, for extramarital sex regardless of their sexual orientation.
In October, a Human Rights Watch report denounced systematic police brutality against the community LGBTIQ+ and documented at least six cases of illegal coercion between 2019 and 2022, the last in September of this year, among other human rights violations.
In this way, fans should not expect surprises this November 20, when the ceremony prior to the sporting event between the host country and the Ecuadorian team begins.
Shakira and the musical group BTS confirmed their presence. The Colombian singer will have his fourth presentation at the opening of the World Cup after having done so in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
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Why Dua Lipa did not want to sing at the opening ceremony of the Qatar 2022 World Cup