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As of 2010, the Human Rights Council has been addressing several topics at the crossroads of sports and human rights.

On 8 March 2010, the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Mrs. Raquel Rolnik, released her annual report (A/HRC/13/20) which focused on the impact of “mega-events” in the realization of the right to adequate housing. The study provides an analysis of the positive and negative legacy of hosting the Olympic Games and the FIFA Football World Cup, some insights on the practices and procedures of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA, and recommendations addressed to governments, the IOC and FIFA.

On 26 March 2010, in the context of the then approaching 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa, the Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution entitled “A world of sports free from racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” (A/HRC/RES/13/27). In the resolution, the Council inter alia “underlines the importance of combating impunity for racially motivated crimes in sport, and urges States to take all appropriate measures, in accordance with domestic legislation and international obligations, to prevent, combat and address all manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in the context of sporting events, and to ensure that racially motivated crimes are punished by law, as appropriate.”

On 21 March 2011, at its session on the “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories”, the Council adopted a Resolution demanding that Israel takes “the necessary measures to ensure the respect of internationally recognized sport principles”, in particular concerning the free movement and circulation of athletes, administrative staff, equipment and sports materials into and within the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

On 28 September 2011, the Council adopted a Resolution entitled “Promoting awareness, understanding and the application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through sport and the Olympic ideal” calling for the holding of a “high-level interactive panel discussion to highlight, examine and suggest ways in which sport and major sporting events, in particular the Olympic and Paralympic Games, can be used to promote awareness and understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the application of the principles enshrined therein.” The discussion is due to take place at the next session of the Council.

 

Date Reference Title Languages
22 September 2014 A/HRC/RES/27/8 Promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic Ideal [EN]  [AR]  [CH]  [FR]  [RU]  [SP]
25 August 2014 A/HRC/27/58 Progress report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the study on the possibilities of using sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights' [EN]
14 July 2014 A/HRC/RES/26/18 The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health: sport and healthy lifestyles as contributing factors [EN]  [AR]  [CH]  [FR]  [RU]  [SP]
20 September 2013
A/HRC/RES/24/1
Promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal [EN]  [AR]  [CH]  [FR]  [RU]  [SP]
30 May 2012 A/HRC/20/11 Summary of the high-level interactive panel discussion of the Human Rights Council to highlight, examine and suggest ways in which sport and major sporting events, in particular the Olympic and Paralympic Games, can be used to promote awareness and understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the application of the principles enshrined therein.
 
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28 September 2011 A/HRC/RES/18/23 Promoting awareness, understanding and the application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through sport and the Olympic ideal [EN]  [AR]  [CH]  [FR]  [RU]  [SP]
25 March 2011 A/HRC/RES/16/29 Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem [EN]  [AR]  [CH]  [FR]  [RU]  [SP]
26 March 2010 A/HRC/RES/13/27 A world of sports free from racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance [EN]  [AR]  [CH]  [FR]  [RU]  [SP]
18 December 2009 A/HRC/13/20 Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, Raquel Rolnik [EN]  [AR]  [CH]  [FR]  [RU]  [SP]
 14 April 2010  A/HRC/RES/13/10  Adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, in the context of mega-events. [EN]  [AR]  [CH]  [FR]  [RU]  [SP]

 

 

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