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28 January 2020

FIFA issues joint World Cup 2022 sustainability strategy with host Qatar

On 21 January, FIFA and hosts Qatar issued a joint FIFA World Cup 2022 sustainability strategy, outlining commitments around five key pillars, including on human capital and workers' rights, inclusivity and environmental protection....

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13 January 2020

International coalition urges Amaury Sport Organisation to adopt human rights policy ahead of Saudi-hosted Dakar Rally

Ahead of the 2020 Dakar Rally, hosted in Saudi Arabia 5-17 January, a coalition of 13 international human rights organisations wrote jointly to organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) urging them to speak out about human rights abuses in the host...

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17 December 2019

Qatar: ILO acknowledges reforms but emphasises "many more milestones" to go in protection of migrant rights

Author: Patrick Wintour, The Guardian (UK)

The Qatari official in charge of organising the [2022 Qatar World Cup] has claimed that criticism of his country’s treatment of migrant workers will have a ripple effect that will improve regional labour standards......

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17 December 2019

Qatar: Liverpool FC expresses concern over migrant worker deaths ahead of Club World Cup; FIFA responded

Liverpool Football Club have set out their position regarding well-documented abuses of migrant workers' rights and deaths in Qatar. The statement from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore comes as the team prepare to play in Fifa's Club World Cup, hosted by the...

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10 December 2019

US lawmakers urge IOC to speed up implementation of agenda requiring host cities to protect rights ahead of Beijing Winter Games

Author: Radio Free Asia (US)

“US Lawmakers Urge Olympic Committee to Ensure Rights Protections Ahead of Beijing Winter Games”, 6 December 2019...

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7 November 2019

Qatar: Liverpool FC declines FIFA's offer to stay in Kempinski hotel citing ethical concerns; includes FIFA comments

Ahead of the Club World Cup 2019 finals, to be held in Qatar in December, Liverpool Football Club has declined FIFA's offer of the luxury Marsa Malaz Kempinski due to ethical concerns....

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29 October 2019

Fifa criticized by human rights organisations for letting China host Club World Cup

Author: Paul MacInnes, The Guardian

“Fifa under fire after announcing China will host 24-team Club World Cup”, 24 October 2019...

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28 October 2019

Bahrain: F1 performs U-turn on human rights abuses to raise issue of detained activist with government; includes company comments

Author: Maya Oppenheim, The Independent (UK)

"Formula One pledges to raise 'rape and torture' of jailed activist with Bahraini authorities but refuses to bin race," 27 Oct 2019...

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24 September 2019

FIFA discusses women's access to football stadiums with Iranian officials, following widespread criticism over the death of a female fan prosecuted for attempting to attend a match

Iranian football fan Sahar Khodayari died on 9 September 2019 after setting herself on fire following her court appearance on charges related to her attempt to enter a football stadium in March 2019 disguised as a man. Iran's 'Blue Girl', named after...

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23 July 2019

Japan: Tokyo 2020 Olympics will "violate human rights", activists say

Author: Japan Times

“We'll all be losers in 2020, anti-Olympic activists say”, 23 July 2019...

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