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Nothing About Us Without Us: Athletes Network for Safer Sports

Nothing About Us Without Us: Athletes Network for Safer Sports

­­(Nyon, Switzerland, 21 May 2024) — The Sport & Rights Alliance is excited to announce the launch of its new program, the Athletes Network for Safer Sports. Following an in-depth study and needs assessment consultation with survivors of abuse  in sports from May to November 2022, resulting in the report “We have to empower each […]

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Strategic Plan: Athletes Network for Safer Sports

Strategic Plan: Athletes Network for Safer Sports

In 2022, the Sport & Rights Alliance conducted a needs assessment to explore interest, capacity, and opportunities for an international network created and led by athletes with lived experience of abuse in sport. Building on its goal to represent and elevate the voices of those most affected by the negativeimpacts of sport, the SRA held […]

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FIFA: Publish Robust Rights Framework for 2026 World Cup

FIFA: Publish Robust Rights Framework for 2026 World Cup

(New York) – FIFA should immediately release and commit to implementing the robust Human Rights Framework for the 2026 Men’s Soccer World Cup, which it developed through extensive consultations with civil society stakeholders and public officials from across North America. The framework, which FIFA shared with host cities in March 2024, will govern labor and human rights for all […]

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Global: FIFA must publish its review into compensation for workers harmed delivering the World Cup in Qatar

Global: FIFA must publish its review into compensation for workers harmed delivering the World Cup in Qatar

FIFA should immediately publish and act on a review it received five months ago assessing its human rights responsibilities towards workers harmed delivering the 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar, Amnesty International said today. Amnesty International understands that an independent review, which was announced at FIFA’s Congress early last year and had its findings approved by FIFA’s […]

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Saudi Arabia Hasn’t Earned Women’s Tennis Championships

Saudi Arabia Hasn’t Earned Women’s Tennis Championships

Women’s tennis has advocated for women’s rights since before Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the “battle of the sexes” 50 years ago. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) was a prime mover behind Title IX, the U.S. law that gave millions of women and girls equal opportunities in sport and education. Despite this legacy, […]

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France: Ensure Muslim Women, Girls Can Play Sports

France: Ensure Muslim Women, Girls Can Play Sports

­On International Women’s Day, Global Call to End Hijab Ban in French Basketball (Nyon, Switzerland, March 8, 2024) – French basketball authorities should ensure equal access to sport for Muslim women and girls by overturning the discriminatory ban on wearing the hijab, the Sport & Rights Alliance said today. On International Women’s Day, The Alliance […]

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Sparking Change at Play the Game 2024: Reflections from the Sport & Rights Alliance

Sparking Change at Play the Game 2024: Reflections from the Sport & Rights Alliance

The 13th edition of the Play the Game conference held in Trondheim, Norway, this February, brought together academics, journalists, athletes, human rights defenders and other stakeholders in the sports world to discuss the most pressing issues in international sport. The Sport & Rights Alliance (SRA) participated in the forum with a robust delegation, with representatives […]

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Statement by Dignity 2026 Coalition on the Announcement of the Match Schedule for the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup

This weekend, FIFA released the much-anticipated match schedule for the 2026 Men’s World Cup, which will be held across 16 cities in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. As planning accelerates in these host cities, event organizers will now be making critical decisions on tournament operations, including for Fan Fests, transportation, concessions, and hospitality. In […]

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Saudi Government Uses European Football to Sportswash its Reputation

Saudi Government Uses European Football to Sportswash its Reputation

Italian, Spanish Super Cups Played in Riyadh to Divert Attention From Abuses Forget Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist brutally murdered in a Saudi consulate, and all his colleagues jailed, censored or harassed in Saudi Arabia; don’t think about women’s and LGBT rights in the kingdom; and ignore the mass killings of migrants along the Saudi border with Yemen. Look, there, Saudi […]

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