France captain: I will not wear the “badge of pride” in the World Cup for this reason

The British singer, Dua Lipa, denied her participation in the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar, which will be held on the twentieth of November, after several reports linking it to the global event.

The 27-year-old, born in London to Kosovar parents, said she would not sing in or visit Qatar unless the Gulf state improves its human rights record.

Qatar has been criticized by human rights organizations for the “poor working conditions” of migrant workers, after dozens of them died on construction sites linked to the World Cup, according to these organizations.

Rights groups have also criticized Qatar’s human rights record, particularly laws that criminalize homosexuality and restrict freedom of expression.

“There is currently a lot of speculation that I will perform a song at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I will not perform any song and have not been involved in any negotiations for that,” she said in a statement posted on her Instagram account.

“I will cheer for England from afar and look forward to visiting Qatar when it fulfills all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup,” she added.

Qatar denies allegations of exploitation of workers, and confirmed in statements by the Executive Director of the World Cup, Nasser Al-Khater, that homosexuals will be welcome in the Gulf state during the World Cup period.

So far, it has been officially announced that singer Jung Kook, a member of BTS, will participate in a singing performance during the opening of the international event that will be held at Al-Bayt Stadium, as the band confirmed via its Twitter account.

American rapper Diplo and Jamaican singer Sean Paul will also participate in the opening of the big sporting event, which will last for 29 days.

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