Morocco Omits (Lack of) LGBT Rights from World Cup Bid
Morocco failed to cite anti-LGBT laws in their country as a potential barrier to hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, according to an Associated Press review of their bid.
The punishment for same-sex sexual activity in the country is anywhere from six months to three years in prison. Governments warn LGBT travelers to avoid public displays of affection as complaints can lead to prosecution.
Laws on the books in the 2022 host Qatar offer stiffer punishments for LGBT persons and this year’s hosts Russia enforce bans on gay “propaganda” but FIFA now requires potential hosts to provide human rights reports produced by an independent party. The independence of Morocco’s study is also questionable as it was undertaken by their own country’s human rights council.
According to the AP, the joint bid between the US, Canada, and Mexico covers LGBT rights extensively including a pledge to reduce harassment in the USA and Mexico.