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Urge the government to promote respect for human rights in sporting events!
Czech Republic, action created 21.11.2013
International sporting events must respect the human rights not only of athletes but also of visitors. The challenge with this requirement is initiated by the Finnish Ministry of Culture and Sports in Finland, where 23 of the 28 EU member countries agreed to participate. The Czech Republic refused. According to Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok, politics don't belong in sports. The challenge is to enable people to participate in sporting events without fear of their rights being violated. For example, in Russia, foreigners who are openly homosexual face the threat of financial penalties or expulsion.
The letter addressed to the European Commission did not specify which countries or sports events prompted these concerns. They mentioned major sports events "such as the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Championships," appealing to the respect of the rights of individuals over their actions, "without regard to race, color, sexual orientation '. It is clear that the risk to fundamental rights apply not only to the next Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but also for the hockey championship in Belarus, the world Cup in Qatar, and other events.
International sporting events are an important part of social life that goes far beyond the sports dimension. The challenge is not designed for athletes but rather for the political leaders to ensure the respect of human rights of those participating in such events, which includes both athletes and visitors.
For example, Russia earlier this year adopted a homophobic legislation that restricts the freedom of assembly and expression for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). Those who are openly LGBTI may be considered as "promoting homosexuality". Athletes and visitors with non-heterosexual orientation are threatened with a penalty of 60,000 crowns, a 15-day jail sentence, and deportation as a foreigner.
Ms. Androulla Vassiliou
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Brussels, 21 November 2013
Dear Commissioner Vassiliou,
At the informal meeting of the Sports Council in Vilnius, held on October 1 this year, the Finnish Minister of Culture and Sport Paavo Arhinmäki urged on behalf of the nineteen member states to respect human rights during major sporting events. With regard to the upcoming sporting events in the European Union and beyond, we, the European ministers of sport, would like this letter to revitalize and expand upon our common position on this important issue.
We emphasize the need to counter discrimination and intolerance, whether they occur in or outside of sport. We value the potential of sport as a universal language that contributes to educating people on the basis of respect, diversity, tolerance and fairness, and as a means to resist all forms of discrimination by promoting social inclusion that is applicable to all. These values should be respected in the context of sports.
We call on all states that participate in the organization of sporting events such as the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Championships and others, to respect the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
That is why we call on all countries to comply with their international commitments, particularly within the Council of Europe, for compliance with non-discrimination, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and defend these rights for all individuals, regardless of their race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or ethnic origin, association with a national minority, property, disability, birth, sexual orientation, or any other status.
Human rights are universal and inalienable, and we believe that the European Union, as a key player in the field of fundamental rights, is in a unique position to turn sport and sporting events to promote human rights in the EU and beyond.
Therefore, we would like to invite the European Commission, within their respective areas the European Union, to commit itself to enforcing appropriate legislation on this very important issue.
Minister of Culture and Sport - Austria
Minister for Education and Culture - Cyprus
Flemish Minister for Finance, Budget, Work, Spatial Planning and Sport - Belgium
Minister of Culture - Denmark
Vice President and Minister of Budget, Finance and Sports of the Government of the French community - Belgium
Minister of Culture - Estonia
Minister for Culture, Media and Tourism of the German-speaking community - Belgium
Minister of Culture and Sport - Finland
Minister of Youth and Sport - Bulgaria
Minister of Sport, Youth, National Education and community life - France
Minister of Science, Education and Sports - Croatia
Federal Interior Minister - Germany
Deputy Minister of Sport - Hungary
Minister of Sports and Youth - Portugal
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport - Ireland
Sports Minister - Luxembourg
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport - Netherlands
Minister of Sport and Tourism - Poland
Minister of Sport, Tourism and equality - United Kingdom
Minister of Culture and Sport - Sweden
Minister of Education, Culture and Sport - Spain
Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport - Slovakia
Minister of Education, Science and Sport - Slovenia
Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom and Sweden.