IHRB’s work on sport began in 2012. From 2015 IHRB developed and served as secretariat for the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform), a coalition of international and intergovernmental organisations, governments, sports governing bodies, athletes, unions, sponsors, broadcasters, and civil society groups, collaborating to develop an evidence base, and supporting all actors in implementing their human rights responsibilities. This evolved over years, and led to the launch in 2018 of the independent Centre for Sport and Human Rights.
Our work has shown that while sport has great potential to advance human rights, through job creation, employability, new social housing, and urban regeneration, sport and sporting events can also be associated with serious violations of human rights.
Sport has the power to be a uniting force for good in society in ways little else can. By harnessing this power and acting collectively, the diversity of actors involved in the world of sport have the potential to deliver concrete impacts for those affected. The Centre for Sport and Human Rights works towards a vision of a world of sport that fully respects human rights by sharing knowledge, building capacity, and strengthening the accountability of all actors through collective action and promotion of the Sporting Chance Principles.
Mega-sporting events that showcase the best in humanity must also be built on human rights.
22 April 2019
- Speech: Mary Robinson Opens the 2018 Sporting Chance Forum in Paris
- Statement: Statement by Mary Robinson on Urgent Need for Collective Action Ahead of Sporting Chance Forum
- Meeting Report: Strategic Dialogue on Remedy
- Speech: Centre for Sport and Human Rights Addresses European Parliament on the Future of Sport
09 April 2019 Washington D.C.
- News: Mary Harvey Appointed Chief Executive of Centre for Sport and Human Rights
- News: IHRB at the 2018 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights
- News: Former UN High Commissioner Prince Zeid Opens IHRB’s 2018 Circle of Innovators Dialogue
- Event: New Trends and Initiatives on Human Rights in Sport
17 April 2019
- Commentary: Reflections from the 2018 Sporting Chance Forum
- Commentary: The Governance Legacy of Mega-Sporting Events: A Golden Opportunity to Promote Human Rights
- Podcast: Juan Pablo Salazar on Disabled People in Sport
- Podcast: Damion Thomas on the 1968 Olympic Protest
24 October 2016
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12 November 2013