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16 Nov 2022

Author:
Kourosh Ziabari, Middle East Eye

Qatar 2022: Experts say sanctions against nations for human rights record should be applied to all countries "consistently" & consider impact on individual athletes

"World Cup: Expelling countries over human rights sets dangerous precedent, say experts", 14 Nov 2022

Attempts to kick out Iran from the Qatar World Cup over alleged human rights abuses have highlighted the problems associated with trying to push back against authoritarian states within the realm of sport...

Experts have told Middle East Eye that if alleged human rights abuses are to be cited as grounds for prohibiting countries from participating in international sporting events, the precedent should be applied to all nations consistently...
Faraz Shahlaei, an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School specialising in international sports law, said the protection of human rights also means the protection of the rights of athletes who are not official envoys of the governments...

"If we believe in human rights the first step is to respect and recognise the rights of athletes who have planned and worked hard for many years to earn a living from their careers," he told MEE...