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Rod Stewart and Dua Lipa boycott Qatar and give up millions


Dua Lipa, British singer of Albanian descent from Kosovo, crosses Qatar.


Flavia SchlitlerDeputy Head of the People’s Department

When the soccer World Cup in the desert country of Qatar officially opens with stars and a dazzling show next Sunday at 5pm Swiss time, she will not be there on purpose: Dua Lipa (27), a British singer of Kosovar-Albanian descent. It will be clear that she will not be performing at the controversial event. The emirate has been criticized for human rights abuses, exploitation, deaths during the construction of stadiums, and corruption.

In a post on Instagram, the three-time Grammy winner ended the speculation: “I look forward to visiting Qatar when the country has fulfilled all the human rights commitments it made when it was chosen to host the World Cup.” However, the three-time Grammy winner doesn’t want to boycott the tournament entirely. “I’ll be cheering for England from afar,” writes the singer, who is giving up a lot of money by walking away.