Human Rights in sports

Olympics: IOC Heeds Calls to Embed Rights

Now Must Engage Stakeholders and Add Human Rights to Olympic Charter (Nyon, Switzerland, June 7, 2022) — The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) progress update released on May 20, 2022 is an important step towards adopting a desperately needed human rights strategic framework, the Sport & Rights Alliance said today. The move follows decades of calls […]

On Your Marks, Set…STOP! Understanding and Ending Sextortion in Sport

Sextortion – defined broadly as the abuse of power to obtain a sexual benefit – is pervasive and widespread. It occurs across the globe and in many sectors, including education, the police, the courts, the civil service, refugee camps, passport control and many others. Survivors/victims can suffer serious, sometimes life-changing, consequences. These include loss of […]

Germany: At the Tipping Point for Human Rights & Sport

German Bundestag’s Public Hearing Represents Opportunity to Walk the Talk (Nyon, Switzerland, 11 May, 2022) — As the German Bundestag’s Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid holds its first-ever public hearing on human rights and sport, civil society organizations and athlete representative groups such as the Sport & Rights Alliance, World Players Association, Transparency […]

European Commission published high-level group’s recommendations to achieve gender equality in sport

The high-level group on gender equality in sport, has put forward an action plan and recommendations to achieve a more equitable gender balance in sport. These have been addressed to the European Commission, EU Member States, national and international sports bodies as well as grassroots organisations. The high-level group was established by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner […]

FSE & CSHR Launch Fans’ Human Rights Guide

Like all people associated with sport, the human rights of fans should be upheld, and governments and institutions across the sports ecosystem, such as event organising committees, have responsibilities to protect and respect them. Promoting human rights is a job for everyone, and fans themselves also have responsibilities. Fans have a strong platform to contribute […]

World Players Association Statement on Global Sport’s Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Nyon, Switzerland, 28 February 2022 The World Players Association stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and athletes, player associations, civil society and peaceful people everywhere in unequivocally condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s actions represent not only an attack on a sovereign state, but on the fundamental values of the international community including human rights, […]