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.
IHRB serves as the 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.
IHRB is working with all key stakeholders in the MSE field to advance the idea of creating an impartial, permanent centre dedicated to helping ensure all actors involved in an event fully embrace and operationalise their respective human rights duties and responsibilities throughout the MSE lifecycle.
Visit the website of the MSE Platform to find out more: www.megasportingevents.org
Mega-sporting events that showcase the best in humanity must also be built on human rights.
31 January 2017
- Report: White Paper 4.1 Children’s Rights in the Sports Context
- Report: White Paper 3.2 Broadcasters and Human Rights in the Sports Context
- Report: White Paper 3.1 Sponsors and Human Rights in the Sports Context
- Report: White Paper 2.4 Remedy Mechanisms for Human Rights in the Sports Context
News & Events
31 January 2017
- News: IHRB at the 2016 UN Annual Forum on Business & Human Rights
- 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
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