The Sport Intergroup invites to a breakfast on the issue of "Human Rights and Mega-Sport Events ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia"
When? Wednesday 12 July 2017, 08:00-09:00
Where? MEP Salon, European Parliament Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels
Over the previous years public criticism over the violation of human rights in the context of mega-sport events became louder. This includes the displacements of disadvantaged social groups, exploitative working conditions of migrant workers on the construction sites, the discrimination of gays and lesbians or the use of child labour in the sporting goods manufacturing. Just days after the final whistle of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, the event will discuss human rights issues in the context of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia (14 June – 15 July 2018) as well as homophobia and the question of the rights of LGBTIQs. To kick-off a discussion on possible action and further steps on a European Parliament’s level, a handbook will be launched on human rights and anti-discrimination measures as a standard of mega-sport events.
08:00-08:05 Opening Words
Marc Tarabella and Santiago Fisas (Co-Chairs Sport Intergroup)
08:05-08:15 Launch of the Handbook Human Rights & Mega-Sport Events
Nikola Staritz (fairplay Initiative, Queering Football)
Ulrike Lunacek (Vice-president of the European Parliament)
08:15-08:25 Human Rights and Mega-Sport Events: Achievements and Future Challenges
Fani Misailidi (FIFA Head of Public Affairs)
08:25-08:35 Homophobia, LGBTIQ and the FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018
Elvina Yuvakaeva (Russian LGBT Sports Federation)
08:35-08:55 Discussion on Action on a European and International Level and Further Steps
08:55-09:00 Final Remarks
Bogdan Wenta (Vice-Chair Sport Intergroup)
Registration & Access: Kainz[at]vidc.org (Martin Kainz, fairplay Initiative/VIDC)
This activity is part of Erasmus+ sport project “Queering Football – Tackling Homophobia and Promoting Anti-Discrimination around Major Sport Events”, co-funded by the European Union, and “Our Game for Human Rights”, co-funded by the Austrian Development Agency.