Human Rights Conversations
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Mega sporting events (MSEs) such as the FIFA World Cup involve considerable human rights implications, including the rights of citizens in the host countries, the fundamental freedoms of athletes, journalists and spectators, and the rights of workers involved in construction sites and supply chains. As such, monitoring by United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms is essential for responsible MSEs.
This Human Rights Conversation will address the following questions, in light of recommendations issued by different UN human rights mechanisms and human rights-specific policies introduced by FIFA:
By focusing on the human rights implications of hosting FIFA World Cup tournaments, this discussion wishes to highlight outcomes and challenges of human rights monitoring and offer reflections on what can be improved toward fully responsible MSEs.
Human Rights Conversations are a series of events, hosted by the Geneva Human Rights Platform, aimed at discussing contemporary issues and challenges related to the promotion and protection of human rights in Geneva and beyond.
This Human Rights Conversation discussed the monitoring of mega sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, by UN human rights mechanisms.
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