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.
16 October 2017
- Report: Tackling Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, & Intersex Discrimination - Standards of Conduct for Business
- Submission: Civil Society Urges Businesses & Governments Put Human Rights at Core of UN Sustainable Development Goals Implementation
- Briefing: 2024 Olympic Bid Evaluation - A Human Rights Review of LA and Paris
- Report: White Paper 4.2 Athletes’ Rights and Mega-Sporting Events
News & Events
15 November 2017
- News: FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board Publishes First Report
- News: Qatar Announces Series of Labour Reforms
- News: Commonwealth Games Federation Publishes First Human Rights Policy Statement
- News: Sustainable Sourcing & Grievance Mechanisms for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics & Paralympics
Commentary & Podcasts
16 October 2017
- Commentary: Mapping the Sport, Development, and Peace Agenda - Where are Human Rights?
- Commentary: Protecting Workers Building Sporting Venues – Progress in Qatar
- 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?
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