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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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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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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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Olympics: Human Rights Amendments Should Be Implemented Without Exceptions

Olympics: Human Rights Amendments Should Be Implemented Without Exceptions

IOC Set to Vote on Proposed Changes to Olympic Charter (Nyon, Switzerland, 9 October 2023) – After years of public pressure and internal deliberations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to adopt amendments to the Olympic Charter in the coming days that include potentially game-changing references to internationally recognized human rights, the Sport & […]

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Olympic Committee’s Rights Commitments Tested in India

Olympic Committee’s Rights Commitments Tested in India

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is holding its 140th annual session from October 15 to 17 in Mumbai, India, where the government is expected to announce its bid to host the 2036 Summer Olympic Games in the western state of Gujarat. India has never hosted the Olympics and the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes that now is […]

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Olympics: Act on Sex Abuse Complaints by Indian Athletes

Olympics: Act on Sex Abuse Complaints by Indian Athletes

Sport & Rights Alliance Calls for Independent Investigation After Protesters Detained (Nyon, Switzerland) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should immediately act to ensure reports of alleged sexual abuse of athletes by the president of the Wrestling Federation of India, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, are investigated fully, the Sport & Rights Alliance said today. In a statement on May […]

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“We Have to Empower Each Other”: Consultation With Survivors of Abuse in Sport

“We Have to Empower Each Other”: Consultation With Survivors of Abuse in Sport

Consultation with Survivors of Abuse in Sport Outlines Need for Global Network (Nyon, Switzerland, 16 May, 2023) — Focus group research and trauma-informed interviews with over 25 athlete survivors and representatives of survivor-led organizations have revealed a widespread need for an international network to connect survivors, share experiences, facilitate learning and empower greater advocacy, the […]

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Ban Taliban from the Olympic Movement

Ban Taliban from the Olympic Movement

Forcing Afghan Women, Girls Out of Sport Violates IOC Charter (New York) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should suspend Taliban-run Afghanistan from participating in international sport until women and girls can once again play sport in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The IOC should make this decision at its next executive board meeting, which […]

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