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HUMAN RIGHTS AND SPORTS : Amnesty’s recommendations

Amnesty International has the following recommendations in order to stop or prevent human rights violations related to major sporting events: • States hosting a major sporting event should ensure rights are not violated in the context of this event. • The organizing bodies, like IOC and FIFA, should have in place robust due diligence procedures […]

VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AT SPORTING EVENTS: who is responsible

In relation to major sporting events, like the World Cup or the Olympic Games, Amnesty International distinguishes two forms of human rights violations. • Violations directly related to the staging or hosting of the event. Examples are forced evictions carried out to construct sports stadiums or other infrastructure, or labour exploitation in the construction sector […]

AZERBAIJAN: 2015 European Games

‘All fundamental freedoms are honoured in Azerbaijan,’ said President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan in June 2014. Solemn words. But not true. In Azerbaijan, human rights defenders, journalists, politicians and bloggers are arrested, detained and silenced. While the spotlights are on the country during the first European Games in June 2015, the repression only gets worse. […]

IOC Agenda 2020 – Involvement of NGOs and Civil Society

As leading non-governmental organizations in the area of human rights, including children’s rights, labor rights and anti-corruption as well as official representatives of professional football players and supporters, we are joining forces to cooperate on the issue of “Mega-Sporting- Events”

United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

These Guiding Principles are grounded in recognition of: (a)  States’ existing obligations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights and fundamental freedoms; (b)  The role of business enterprises as specialized organs of society performing specialized functions, required to comply with all applicable laws and to respect human rights; (c)  The need for rights and obligations […]

World Cup Soccer Balls: Exploitation Still the Norm

As the frenzy grows over the upcoming FIFA World Cup in South Africa, there is a part of the World Cup that won’t be broadcast on TV. The Play Fair Alliance today asked FIFA to respond to the report “Missed the Goal for Workers: the Reality of Soccer Ball Stitchers”, released by US-based NGO International […]