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Our Pledge on the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the Sport & Rights Alliance pledges our utmost support for human rights – and commits to continue the work toward freedom, equality and justice for all.

As the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights says, “Pledging is both a present activity and a visionary one. It facilitates reflection on imminent and future needs, challenges, and aspirations.” We join other civil society organizations, businesses, human rights institutions and states in continuing to fight for a better world, and a better world of sport, where human rights are no longer just a dream, but reality.

Our Pledge

The Sport & Rights Alliance pledges to raise the bar for sport, human rights and transparency until global sport can become an authentic force for good – complying with internationally-recognized human rights, including child wellbeing and safeguarding, and adhering to the highest standards of governance and anti-corruption. We will leverage the global spotlight on sport and mega sporting events to hold sport governing bodies and host countries accountable, increase the cost of inaction and counterbalance ‘sportswashing’ efforts to distract from human rights violations. We will harness the massive reach of athletes, fans and sports journalists to advance human rights into the fabric of society and amplify the voices of people impacted by sport to ensure their rights, including to effective remedy, are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Learn more about the pledging campaign from the UN Human Rights Office here.

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Sport has the potential to be a catalyst for human development, unity, and freedom, but too often it instead brings harm to its athletes, fans, and communities. We exist to uncover and rectify the many abuses that exist both in and around sport. We aim to transform sports into an authentic force for good.