The UK is a country that believes in free speech, democracy and human rights – and fights to protect its citizens at home and abroad from terrorism. So it is deeply troubling that the UK Government is preparing to welcome with open arms Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who believes in none of these things.

Tamim is coming to Great Britain to promote the World Cup, which Qatar is due to host in 2022.

When he talks to diplomats, MPs and ministers, he will tell them about the glorious air-conditioned stadiums being built across Qatar. He will tell them about the money being ploughed into state-of-the-art infrastructure projects, hyper-modern buildings and glamorous new resorts to accommodate gleeful football fans. And he will tell them how he will make the Qatari World Cup the greatest ever, eclipsing the show put on by Russia this summer.

However, Tamim will leave out crucial facts about Qatar.

He will not talk about the fact that the World Cup was delivered to Qatar through a corrupt bidding process, which has led to calls for the Gulf nation to be stripped of the right to hold the globe’s marquee sporting event. Of the 22-member FIFA Executive that selected Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, nine have been indicted for corruption by either the US or Swiss authorities and a further five currently under investigation have been banned from football by FIFA. This tournament should never have been Qatar’s to celebrate.

Tamim will not talk either about the fact that 1,200 migrant workers, made to work in the most appalling conditions, have already died building his football stadiums. Qatar’s vast population of migrant workers are some of the most exploited in the world. Forced to live in slums, many of the 1.5 million migrant workers employed to work on the World Cup are subjected to inhuman working conditions. Human rights organisations have described forced labour in 50°C heat where migrant workers are denied free drinking water. Put simply, this is modern slavery and Qatar should not pay for its stadiums with human lives.

Nor will Tamim talk about the fact that Qatar is openly hostile to members of the LGBT community.  LGBT football fans will not be welcome in this nation where homosexuality is a criminal offence punishable by jail. FIFA’s rulebook states clearly that the organisation will not allow discrimination of any kind or they will suspend or expel affiliate, member association or confederations. Yet FIFA is allowing the World Cup to be played in a nation that promotes government-sanctioned discrimination and arrests and jails members of the LGBT community.

And most of all, Tamim will not talk about Qatar’s shameful history of supporting terrorist organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Al-Nusra Front, Al Qaeda, rebels in Sudan’s Darfur region, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hamas in Gaza. Tamim’s regime supports a number of individuals convicted of terrorism, including Abdelhakim Belhaj, a convicted terrorist heavily implicated in the recruitment and indoctrination of the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi. And just last week the BBC reported that the Qatari Government has directly provided funds to terrorist forces, paying over $1 billion in ransoms to various forces linked to Al-Qaeda and Iranian forces to free 11 Qatari royals who had been kidnapped while on a falcon hunting trip to southern Iraq in December 2015.

What cannot be denied is that the calls are growing louder for the 2022 World Cup to be removed from Qatar. And as those calls grow louder, and the evidence of the corruption at the heart of the Qatari bid mounts, the UK would be well advised not to assist Tamim by supporting his plan for four years of pro-regime propaganda thanks to the World Cup.

Yet the English Football Association has now signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Football Association, agreeing that the two countries will play each other in friendly matches ahead of the World Cup. Talks are also ongoing about the possibility of England playing in the Qatar Games friendly tournament, due to be held in two years.

This comes just three years after England’s former FA chairman Greg Dyke described Qatar being awarded the World Cup as ‘the worst moment in FIFA’s history’.

The UK authorities need to be wary of being on the wrong side of history. This is a World Cup that should never have been awarded to Qatar, and now four years out, it already threatens to become a scandal-ridden tournament that could bring shame on the international football community.

Tamim is due to address MPs in Parliament on Monday. The MPs who meet him should consider that the man speaking to them introduced laws in 2014 that dramatically curtailed free speech and democratic opposition, including legislation that means up to five years in jail for criticism of the Qatari ruler.

British people, and the politicians they have elected, have a moral duty to confront Tamim over these issues when he comes to the UK.

Failing to do so will simply confer legitimacy on this brutal regime. Britain has for centuries been the envy of the world because of its willingness to stand up to rogue states. It must not stop now.

Khalid Al-Hail is a spokesperson of the Qatari Opposition Movement.