FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board publishes its fourth report

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7 April 2020

Fourth report by the FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board

Author: FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board

January 2020

FIFA has shown that it is possible for a global sporting body to make meaningful progress on meeting its human rights responsibilities...

It is our view that FIFA’s human rights efforts have now come to an important cross-roads that require FIFA to deepen its efforts to embed its human rights commitments into the governance of global football or risk losing the ground that has been gained.

[W]e are concerned by the continuing lack of clarity about how accountability for human rights will be ensured with regard to political and strategic decision-making within the organization. That requires an entity at the political or governance level... We do not believe that there currently is such an entity...

As we explain in Part 3 below, in this report we therefore make one single recommendation to FIFA’s leadership: to develop a roadmap for further embedding FIFA’s human rights commitments into decision-making at all levels of the organization with a focus on the political and governance levels, including a mechanism to hold FIFA bodies (as defined in Art 24 of the FIFA Statutes) accountable for progress against that roadmap.

This report is divided into three parts...: 

1. Priority cases: ... 

2. Tournaments: ... 

3. Thematic issues: Broader topics..., including embedding human rights into FIFA’s governance and players’ rights...

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6 April 2020

Fourth report by independent FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board published

Author: FIFA

The independent FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board (HRAB), which comprises eight international experts in human rights and related areas, has published its fourth report and recommendations. The report, which covers the period from May to December 2019, recognises the important progress that FIFA has made on human rights over the last few years, while also highlighting the need for the organisation to now focus on embedding accountability for human rights at the political and governance levels.

"We very much welcome the advisory board’s latest report and wish to thank the members for their support and expert guidance in helping us to develop and strengthen our work in this area and as we look to embed human rights across football,” said FIFA’s Chief Social Responsibility and Education Officer, Joyce Cook. "In line with the board’s advice, we are currently revisiting our human rights work with a view to further strengthen the integration of human rights at all levels of the organisation."

FIFA has also published a detailed summary report based on the HRAB’s previous recommendations...

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6 April 2020

Update from FIFA on the recommendations of the FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board covering period Sep 2018 - Nov 2019

Author: FIFA

January 2020

In this report, FIFA gives an update on its work between September 2018 and November 2019 in relation to the advisory board’s recommendations, both in narrative form and through status updates that are agreed upon with the advisory board. These reports allow for enhanced transparency of FIFA’s human rights work and its engagements with the advisory board. The breath of the recommendations by the advisory board covered in this report reflects the wide-ranging nature of topics discussed between FIFA and the board. As was the case with the previous recommendations, the recommendations discussed in this report have proven to be very helpful to the teams at FIFA who work to integrate FIFA’s human rights commitment into the organisation’s daily operations and activities.

This report builds on previous reports of the board, in particular the second report of September 2018, which includes updates by FIFA, and the board’s third report of June 2019...

For each of the sections, a brief overview and context of FIFA’s work is provided, followed by updates on the work in relation to each of the board’s recommendations in the respective area...

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