Mega-sporting events (MSE) have great potential to advance human rights, through job creation, employability, new social housing, and urban regeneration. Yet, with very few exceptions, these events have also been associated with serious violations of human rights. Despite two decades of growing international attention to the industry, recurring areas of concern include forced evictions, construction deaths, migrant worker exploitation, sweatshop labour, restrictions on protesters and street-vendors, and discrimination on and off the sport field.
Shared approaches and coordination across stakeholder groups is needed to enhance social benefits and minimise human rights harm. While this is evident in other industries, it is currently lacking within sport.
IHRB is working with all key stakeholders in the MSE field to advance the idea of creating an impartial, permanent centre for learning and accountability. This initiative will bring urgently needed continuity to the planning, delivery and legacy of MSEs and help to ensure they are managed with respect for human rights. IHRB has developed an MSE website to serve as an resource for information and guidance for practitioners engaging on human rights.
Mega-sporting events that showcase the best in humanity must also be built on human rights.
14 December 2016
- Video: Sporting Chance Forum on Human Rights
- Speech: Speech by Martina Navratilova at Sporting Chance Forum
- Speech: Human Rights Council Panel Discussion on Using Sport and the Olympic Ideal to Promote Human Rights
- Briefing: OECD National Contact Points and the Construction Sector
News & Events
08 November 2016
- News: The 2016 Sporting Chance Principles on Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights
- Event: Sporting Chance Forum
- News: IHRB at OSCE Workshop on Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings
- News: Five Years On - IHRB Reflects on the State of Business and Human Rights
Commentary & Podcasts
28 November 2016
- Commentary: Overcoming the “Exit Challenge” - Why We Need New Forms of Social Contract
- Commentary: How can we Ensure Mega-Sporting Events Showcasing Humanity’s Best are also Built on Human Rights?
- Commentary: The Infrastructure We Don’t Want - OECD Infrastructure Advice to the G20
- Commentary: Restoring the Beauty of the Game
24 October 2016
12 January 2016
12 November 2013