Instructions for security personnel in Qatar during the World Cup
«Women are not reported if they have been raped»
A document was released this week that appears to regulate how police and security personnel should deal with football fans. The instructions are deep.
This document regulates how the Qatari police and security personnel will deal with football fans during the World Cup in Qatar.
The upcoming World Cup in Qatar increasingly focused on the rights of women and the LGBTQ community. Human rights organizations criticize the emirate. The question arose: How will Qatar deal with criticism and fans during the World Cup?
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The Emir of Qatar appeased – again and again. In the run-up to the football World Cup, he repeatedly reiterated that “everyone is welcome”. Also LGBTQ people. However, Tamim bin Hamad al Thani (42) also said: “We expect respect for our culture.”
That leaves room for speculation. How strict the Qatari authorities will be during the men’s World Cup has been difficult to predict.
Rainbow flag is tolerated
A nine-page document was leaked to Blick this week. It is an instruction for police and security personnel. And it obviously regulates how to deal with fans. In it, things that seem normal for us in the West are negotiated.
For example, the document says: “People who carry the rainbow flag or other flags with a sexual identity will not be approached, arrested or prosecuted.” The same applies to people who protest publicly or display critical banners. It also says: “Women are not reported if they report rape or sexual harassment or violence.” According to the directive, fans are also allowed to stay in the same hotel room regardless of gender or marital status.
The document also provides answers to questions about the dress code: No fans who are walking around in the Thawb, the Qatari national dress, or other costumes, should be approached or arrested. Only viewers who undress to reveal intimate body parts may be asked to put the clothing back on.
Zero tolerance for alcohol
Fan chants in the streets or shopping centers are tolerated. Only those who sing at the top of their lungs in residential areas should be warned. What, on the other hand, is not tolerated at all: sexual harassment, racism, violence among fans. It is also noted that no alcohol may be brought into the country. Anyone who sells alcohol illegally faces criminal prosecution or is even expelled from the country.
It is unclear who exactly wrote the document. However, it is likely to be an agreement between Fifa and the Qatar Safety & Security Operations Committee. When asked, Fifa said: “Fifa does not comment on this document.” However, a link in the document leads to an independent page that offers the opportunity to report potential incidents of human rights violations in connection with the World Cup to Fifa.