The World Cup Can Highlight Human Rights Issues. It Can’t Solve Them

The World Cup Can Highlight Human Rights Issues. It Can’t Solve Them
Two workers clean a street in front of skyscrapers affixed with giant banner images of soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Ayew and Dusan Tadic, in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 29, 2022 (AP photo by Martin Meissner).

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup enters its knockout rounds, a subdued atmosphere in Doha increasingly mirrors the waning public debate around geopolitical issues—particularly Qatar’s poor human rights record—that received significant attention in the runup to the World Cup and during the tournament’s first two weeks.

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