UEFA adds human rights & anti-corruption to bidding criteria for Euro 2024 tournament

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3 May 2017

Children's organisation warns UEFA must still pass "reality test" on new human rights criteria

Author: Daniel Etchells, InsideTheGames (UK)

Children's rights organisation Terre des Hommes has warned that UEFA must still pass the "reality test" following their recent announcement that countries bidding for future editions of its quadrennial European Championships will have to adhere to human rights and anti-corruption criteria.  The announcement by European football's governing body was made on Monday (May 1) following a bid opening workshop held last week, attended by representatives from Germany and Turkey - the two nations in the running for the 2024 tournament... 

Terre des Hommes forms part of the [Sport & Rights Alliance]... Its Children Win campaign is headed by Marc Joly, who told insidethegames "only time will tell" if UEFA's approach will become standard practice in the delivery of all its events, far in advance of 2024... "We will keep a close eye on the issues which are usually the children's rights risks involved in the organisation of a mega sporting event and we won't hesitate if we see that the impacts are negative in terms of children's rights."

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2 May 2017

UEFA incorporates human rights & anti-corruption criteria into bidding requirements

Author: Sport & Rights Alliance

The decision by UEFA to include new criteria to protect and preserve human rights and tackle corruption in the bidding requirements for the 2024 European Championships is an essential step to preventing abuse and corruption in connection with the event, the Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA) said today... [The UEFA announcement] follows similar moves by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee over the last six months in incorporating human rights criteria into future bidding documents and statutes.

International governing bodies have responded to sustained lobbying by the SRA and likeminded groups over human rights and corruption violations. These include forced evictions and police brutality during preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics, labour rights violations of workers involved in the construction of stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, the non-payment of wages at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and concerns over freedom of speech at the 2008 Beijing Olympics...

The document gives further details of how successful bidders are expected to adhere to the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 

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2 May 2017

Uefa: Euros host nation 'must respect human rights'

Author: The Local (Switzerland)

The host nation of Euro 2024 must meet certain criteria relating to the respect of human rights, European football's governing body Uefa said on Monday as they prepare to choose between the candidacies of Germany and Turkey... "For the first time ever, these bid requirements contain specific criteria relating to the respect of human rights,"...Uefa said... The criteria are based on the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other UN conventions...

If Turkey succeeds in its bid for 2024, it will be the biggest sporting event ever held in the country. It has already failed in three previous bids to host the Euros... Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently claimed a narrow victory in a referendum on expanding his powers. Opponents claim it will lead to one-man rule... Around 47,000 people have been arrested in Turkey under a nine-month state of emergency in place since a failed military coup in July 2016.

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