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Hijab Bans in Olympic Host Country: Athletes Call on IOC to Act

Hijab Bans in Olympic Host Country: Athletes Call on IOC to Act

At the 45-day countdown to the start of the Paris Olympics and Paralympics on June 11, 2024, the Sport & Rights Alliance, Basket Pour Toutes, Amnesty International, Athlete Ally and Human Rights Watch hosted a media briefing to present their request that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) publicly call on French sporting authorities to overturn […]

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FIFA: Secure binding safeguards from 2030 and 2034 World Cup bidders

FIFA: Secure binding safeguards from 2030 and 2034 World Cup bidders

Global: FIFA must protect human rights by securing binding safeguards from 2030 and 2034 World Cup bidders – new report FIFA must rigorously and transparently ensure that bids to host the 2030 and 2034 men’s World Cup tournaments fully safeguard human rights and reject any offer that risks abuses once again tainting the world’s largest sporting […]

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Saudi Arabia: ILO Forced Labor Complaint a Wake-Up Call

Saudi Arabia: ILO Forced Labor Complaint a Wake-Up Call

Global Union Filing Stresses Urgent Need for Labor Reforms, Remedy for Past Abuses (Geneva) – A forced labor complaint against the Saudi Arabian government filed by a global trade union is a significant warning to Saudi authorities and businesses and investors in the country about the predictable and preventable migrant labor abuses associated with the government’s Vision 2030 plan […]

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2023 Annual Report: A New Era for Sport and Human Rights

2023 Annual Report: A New Era for Sport and Human Rights

Human Rights Can No Longer Be Ignored by the World of Sport “After years of fighting for global sport to recognize its impact and responsibility toward human rights, the year 2023 ushered in a new era – an era where human rights can no longer be ignored by sport governing bodies,” writes Andrea Florence, director […]

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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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