HRC Session on Hosting Mega Sport events: Strengthening the Respect for Human Rights
27 February 2018.
At the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, John Morrison of IHRB chaired a side event entitled “Hosting Mega Sport events: Strengthening the Respect for Human Rights”. The session, co-hosted by the Qatari and Japanese Permanent Missions to the UN Office in Geneva, focussed on how Qatar, Japan, and other upcoming host countries are working to ensure respect for human rights in mega-sporting events.
Opening statements were delivered by H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Mr Manabu Horii, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The panel comprised H. E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar, Ms Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Ms Rita Schiavi, Chair of International Women's Committee of BWI, as well as Mr Morrison.
It was a pleasure to hear from Qatar and Japan, hosts of the World Cup & the Olympic Games, today at the #HRC37. We're encouraged by the fact that more and more actors are coming together demanding fair games without human rights violations.— Guy Ryder (@GuyRyder) February 26, 2018
H.E. SC Secretary General: "When we started preparing for #Qatar2022, we knew there were challenges around workers' welfare but have since made significant progress. Today, we’re setting regional & international benchmarks in dealing with key issues facing workers worldwide.” pic.twitter.com/c2ErdkXxlk— Road to 2022 (@roadto2022) February 26, 2018