Qatar, heavily criticized for its history of human rights violations, abstained this Thursday in a vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council that condemned violence against protests in Iran.
The tiny Gulf state, which is part of the 47-member Council in Geneva, abstained in a vote on establishing an international inquiry into the Iranian authorities’ deadly crackdown on protesters in the country.
The resolution, which condemns the authorities and asks that evidence of abuses be collected with a view to prosecuting those responsible, was approved by 25 votes in favour, with six against and 16 abstentions.
Qatar, which is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup and is being heavily criticized for its human rights violations, occupies one of the 13 Asia-Pacific seats on the Council, having been elected by the UN General Assembly to a three-year term, from 2022 to 2024.
In recent years, Doha and Tehran have enjoyed strong political ties that contrast with Iran’s strained relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Preparations for the Football World Cup have been dominated by concerns over Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers, women and the LGBT+ community, much to the discomfort of tournament organizers.
Since then, several teams have symbolically protested against the laws of the country, where homosexuality is illegal.
Among the states whose teams participate in the tournament, Argentina, United Kingdom (England, Wales), France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea and the United States voted in favor of opening an international investigation into Iran. United.
Qatar was joined by Brazil, Cameroon and Senegal in the field of abstentions.