June 2015

BRAZIL: 2016 Summer Olympics

In 2016, the Summer Olympics are held in Brazil. This requires a great effort: building sports facilities, hotels and infrastructure. A lot needs to be done, also in the field of human rights. For example to prevent excessive police force against peaceful demonstrators. In Brazil, demonstrators are arbitrarily detained and labelled as criminals by charging […]

RUSSIA: 2018 World Cup Football

The human rights situation in Russia is abysmal. Since 2012, numerous new laws further suppress the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. Journalists, human rights activists, lawyers, gays and artists are thwarted in many ways to prevent them from voicing any criticism. The ‘law on foreign agents’ paralyzes civil society. Ahead of the […]

SOUTH KOREA: 2018 Winter Olympics

In 2018, the Winter Olympics are being held in South Korea. Some victories are desired for human rights in that country. The rights of migrant workers are severely violated in South Korea. They have very long working hours and are underpaid. They don’t get any days off or holidays and they live in bad housing […]

JAPAN: 2020 Summer Olympics

The human rights situation in the host country of the 2020 Summer Olympics seems to be deteriorating. The government fails to effectively address discrimination against foreigners. The asylum procedure is too strict; in 2013 only six out of 3.700 applicants were granted asylum. The Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, which came into […]

Qatar Word Cup 2022

In 2022, Qatar is host country of the World Cup. Scores of football stadiums and other facilities are being built for this event, often by foreign workers. The working conditions in the construction business, and for people doing domestic work, are extremely bad and amount to exploitation. Additionally, women are discriminated against, the freedom of […]

Beijing Olympics 2022

CHINA: 2022 Winter Olympics and candidate 2026 World Cup Football China has a strong influence in the world. This is one of the reasons why it is so alarming that the country, candidate for organizing the 2022 Winter Olympics and 2026 World Cup, barely complies with human rights. The freedoms of expression, religion and assembly […]