Commentary provides recommendations based on UNGPs on upholding human rights for stakeholders incl. migrant workers in major sporting events
""Games for everyone" - human rights and large sporting events", 20 Jul 2022
...competitors are not the only group whose rights may be affected by sporting events:
- The communities in which events are held...
- Spectators and journalists...
- Staff and volunteers at events – as well as the workers who build and maintain the facilities – ...
- Third party workers undertaking activities connected to events can also face issues...the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has reported on impacts on migrant workers brought in to facilitate increased demand for Qatari hotel rooms during the 2022 World Cup.
...Equally, sport can have extremely positive impacts through showcasing principles of respect, fair play and judgement on merit...
In line with the UNGPs, event organisers should:
- put in place a policy commitment to respect human rights;
- seek to understand the human rights impact that might be caused by the event, or to which the event might contribute or be linked;
- seek to prevent any negative impacts identified, and mitigate any that cannot be completely prevented, including by including human rights obligations in host city contracts and flowing down obligations to suppliers and other third parties; and
- put in place a mechanism through which complaints can be raised and addressed.