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2022 Annual Report: Catalyzing the Power of Sport for Human Rights

2022 Annual Report: Catalyzing the Power of Sport for Human Rights

The Sport & Rights Alliance was born out of a deep commitment to champion human rights and anti-corruption in and through global sport. Since our inception in 2015, we’ve embarked on a transformative journey to harness, organize and amplify the expertise of our partners to drive systemic change throughout the world of sport. 2022 was […]

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Spanish Women Players Spotlight Crisis of Abuse

Spanish Women Players Spotlight Crisis of Abuse

All Players Deserve Harassment-Free Work Environment When Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales refused to step down after kissing Spanish football player and 2023 World Cup champion Jenni Hermoso without her consent, he instead justified his actions. In a speech to the general assembly of the Spanish Football Federation, Rubiales centered himself as the victim, blamed “false feminism” for […]

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Letter to Athletes

Letter to Athletes

Dear Athlete, Yesterday was the 8th of August, 2023 –  International Safe Sport Day. We hope you don’t know what today means. We hope you don’t need to know what today means. Honestly, we hope that one day, this awareness day no longer exists. However, in 2023, this day is more important than ever. Athletes across the globe aren’t […]

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FIFA Must Show The Red Card To Sexual Abuse

FIFA Must Show The Red Card To Sexual Abuse

The Goal Is A Safe Place To Work For Women And Teen Players The Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is on track to become the most attended stand-alone women’s sporting event in history as 32 top women’s teams compete for the coveted title of World Champion. What fans of the sport don’t see is […]

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Women’s World Cup Shows Equality Still Has A Long Way To Go

Women’s World Cup Shows Equality Still Has A Long Way To Go

The 2023 Women’s World Cup tournament begins this week to great fanfare and broadcasting revenues estimated at close to $200 million. This is great news for the sport’s global governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)— but not so great for the women players on the field. As a flagship event in women’s sport, the […]

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FIFA: Letter Seeking Update on Safe Sport Entity Status and Timeline

FIFA: Letter Seeking Update on Safe Sport Entity Status and Timeline

(Nyon, Switzerland, July 19, 2023) – FIFA should urgently provide transparent and detailed information on its plans for an Independent Global Safe Sport Entity to address systemic sexual, emotional and physical abuse in sport and provide remedy and support to victims and survivors, the Sport & Rights Alliance (SRA) said today. In a letter to […]

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Mali: Girls’ Coach Gets Life Ban for Sex Abuse

Mali: Girls’ Coach Gets Life Ban for Sex Abuse

FIBA Punishes 5 Basketball Officials But Needs to Exclude Abusers, Protect Witnesses (New York) – The International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) sanctions on top women’s basketball officials in Mali confirm the responsibility to remedy systemic abuse of young athletes, Human Rights Watch said today. But the appointment of another official suspected of abuse as head of the Mali Basketball […]

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World Players Association Calls For Embedding Fundamental Labour Standards Across Sport At UN Conference

World Players Association Calls For Embedding Fundamental Labour Standards Across Sport At UN Conference

This week, the World Players Association (WPA) represented the player association movement at UNESCO’s MINEPS VII Global Sport Conference. The meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, brought together hundreds of representatives from sport ministries from around the world, along with other key stakeholders, including UN agencies, sport governing bodies, brands and civil society. In a session dedicated […]

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International Federations’ Bans Targeting Trans And Intersex Women Athletes Are Turning Their Sports Into “Playgrounds For Discrimination”, ILGA World Alerts

International Federations’ Bans Targeting Trans And Intersex Women Athletes Are Turning Their Sports Into “Playgrounds For Discrimination”, ILGA World Alerts

Geneva, 28 June 2022 – In just a few days, two international sport governing bodies have issued new policies that actively exclude trans women athletes from competitions comporting with their gender identity, and target women with some intersex traits – and did so presenting them under the misleading frame of comprehensive ‘inclusion policies,’ ILGA World […]

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Landmark New Report Finds Trade Union Rights A Top Concern For Players Worldwide 

Landmark New Report Finds Trade Union Rights A Top Concern For Players Worldwide 

A landmark survey released by the World Players Association (WPA) today uncovers that players face significant barriers to exercising their internationally recognized human rights to organize and to collectively bargain- #R2O – in global sport. The report titled, #R2O: Effective Athlete Representation in Global Sport 2023 outlines why #R2O is essential to the ability to effectively represent […]

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Saudi Arabia: Pro Golf Merger “Sportswashes” Abuses

Saudi Arabia: Pro Golf Merger “Sportswashes” Abuses

Government’s Investment Fund Merges with PGA Tour, DP World Tour (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the Professional Golf Association (PGA) have effectively enabled the Saudi government’s efforts to “sportswash” its egregious human rights record through the announced merger of its LIV Golf and the PGA, Human Rights Watch said today. The merger […]

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