The World Cup of shame? Qatar's human rights record in the spotlight

The Gulf nation of Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup, even as human rights groups document the colossal loss of life among migrant labourers working on the country's massive construction programme. Moreover, Qatar's attitude to same-sex relationships has prompted calls for the Emirate to be shunned. As a protest, several French cities are banning so-called fan zones, meaning the public won’t be able to watch World Cup matches on giant screens. But there's no question of the French team – which won the football tournament four years ago – boycotting Qatar 2022. We discuss the issues at stake with two MEPs.

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Produced by Perrine Desplats, Sophie Samaille and Isabelle Romero

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