In less than a month, the World Cup will start in Qatar. Criticism of the Gulf state continues. The latter, in turn, finds it excessive.

Qatar’s head of state has complained about the level of criticism of his country ahead of the World Cup.

“Since we have had the honor of hosting the World Cup, Qatar has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign that no host country has ever experienced,” Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani said in the capital Doha.

False news and double standards

The Gulf state had initially believed “that some criticism could be positive and useful” for the country’s further development. In the meantime, however, it has become clear that the campaign has taken on such proportions that many people are questioning the real reasons for the criticism. The Emir did not say what those reasons were specifically. He also denounced the spread of false news and the double standards of the critics, without going into detail.

The World Cup host is regularly criticized for human rights violations. Amnesty International recently criticized the ongoing exploitation of migrant workers in the emirate. Human Rights Watch also published a report on Monday on the mistreatment of queer people by the Qatari police.