Should people boycott the 2018 World Cup?
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Should people boycott the 2018 World Cup?

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The 2018 World Cup is being held in Russia, an honor that many feel shouldn't have been bestowed on the country. Russia has sent invading troops to Ukraine, intervened in the Syrian War, is an outspoken enemy of the LGBTQ community, and has a history of censoring its citizens. As a result, some are calling for a boycott of the global event. Still, the World Cup has nothing to do with politics and boycotting an event that unites the world isn't a good look. What do you think? ⚽

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Here is a list of human rights abuses Russia has been involved in, as outlined by the United States' State Department in 2016:

- Restricting free expression, assembly, speech, and media
- Expanding the definition of political work to include environmental and health issues so as to classify nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) - as “foreign agents” in order to fine or terminate them
- Ongoing discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities, the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and women
- Use of excessive and sometimes lethal force by law enforcement
- Violence against women
- Human trafficking
- Lack of due process in politically motivated cases
- Executive control over the judiciary
- No punishment for government abuse

This doesn't even mention the Ukraine and Syria conflicts that Russia has intervened in or the numerous other human rights violations. Russia didn't deserve to host the World Cup. People should boycott it.

The World Cup is an event that unites the world in appreciating their athletes and one another. Boycotting an event that brings people together is hypocritical. Sports has nothing to do with politics and people shouldn't disrespect players who have worked all their lives to represent their country. They don't have anything to do with the politics of their government.

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