Mega-Sporting Events

Centre for Sport and Human Rights Addresses European Parliament on the Future of Sport

20 November 2018

By Alison Biscoe, Manager, Programmes & Partnerships, Centre for Sport and Human Rights (hosted by IHRB)

At the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights on 19th November 2018, Alison Biscoe outlined the work and planned progress of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, addressing three points in particular:

1. In the Centre’s view, what is the opportunity that sport creates for promoting human rights?

2. How has the Centre worked to capitalise on this opportunity and achieve meaningful progress?

3. How will the Centre respond to challenges and continue to push for progress moving forward?

She concluded:

"The Centre will respond to new challenges by continuing to work collectively and focusing on different areas of intervention. A first critical task for us all is to respond effectively to known human rights risks of those most affected by sport... Ensuring the voices of these groups are heard and systematically integrated into not only the Centre’s work, but the policies and actions of the world of sport more broadly, will be critical in ensuring meaningful progress going forward. 
"A second key task ahead is working constructively with actors responsible for implementation and financing, in other words the sports bodies, local organising committees, governments, and businesses. They must have the necessary knowledge and capacity to be able to truly embed human rights due diligence processes throughout their operations."

Read the full speech here

Latest IHRB Publications

Acting on India’s POSH Act

Workplace Sexual Harassment Law Needs Effective Implementation 

For more than a year, India has been stunned by women journalists, students, actors, and other women professionals throughout the country who have gone public with accounts of sexual...

21 March 2019

Commentary by Anita Cheria, Director, OpenSpace

Dangerous Words, Deadly Weapons

Business Leadership Needed to Confront Growing Extremism

The horrific killing of at least 50 people in two New Zealand mosques is a tragic reminder of twin viruses attacking our societies - growing anti-immigrant, nationalist and racist rhetoric...

Rights and Wrongs - Amazon and New York: Lessons for the Extractive Sector

The unraveling of Amazon’s plans to set up its second headquarters at Long Island City in New York is a unique moment in the annals of corporate interface with communities opposed to their presence. 

In most instances, companies have won the...