The ethics of ethics conferences: Is Qatar a desirable location for a bioethics conference?

Rieke van der Graaf*, Karin Jongsma, Suzanne van de Vathorst, Martine C. de Vries, Ineke Bolt

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The next World Congress of Bioethics will be held in Doha, Qatar. Although this location provides opportunities to interact with a more culturally diverse audience, to advance dialogue between cultures and religions, offer opportunities for mutual learning, there are also huge moral concerns. Qatar is known for violations of human rights - including the treatment of migrant workers and the rights of women - corruption, criminalization of LGBTQI+ persons, and climate impact. Since these concerns are also key (bio)ethical concern we call for a broad debate within the bioethics community whether organizing and attending the World Congress in Qatar is ethically problematic and how ethical concerns should be dealt with.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-322
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Early online date11 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

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The authors are grateful for the input of various colleagues and Middle East and human rights experts. However, the views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the colleagues or of the institutions at which the authors are employed.

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© 2023 The Authors. Bioethics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


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