Mega-Sporting Events

White Paper 2.3 Human Rights Risk Mitigation in the Sports Context

31 January 2017

Not all adverse impacts caused by the lifecycle of developing and delivering a mega-sporting event will be preventable. Where there is potential for harm to occur, stakeholders must identify, mitigate and remediate those impacts, as outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and related international standards.

This White Paper focuses on the risks of (a) forced labour and human trafficking and (b) security and policing, identifying mitigation steps for each that have the potential to reduce the adverse effects of those impacts.
 

This White Paper is one of 11 papers published in January 2017 as part of the Sporting Chance White Paper series. The series aims to present the latest thinking, practice, and debate in relation to key human rights issues involved in the planning, construction, delivery, and legacy of mega-sporting events (MSEs). Each paper also considers the case for, and potential role of, an independent centre of expertise on MSEs and human rights. Each White Paper has been published as “Version 1” and the MSE Platform would welcome comments, input, and expressions of support with regard to future iterations or research on this and other topics.

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