Geneva: 12 March 2022
The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) concluded the activities of the exhibition it held at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, entitled: “Human Rights and Football”, on the sidelines of the 49th session of the Human Rights Council.
The exhibition, which was held in cooperation with the permanent delegation of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office and other organizations in Geneva, and lasted for five days, witnessed a large turnout of representatives of diplomatic missions in Geneva, participants in the work of the 49th session of the Human Rights Council, and representatives of international organizations.
HE Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee Sultan bin Hassan Al-Jamali, said that the exhibition sought to link the concepts of human rights with the practice of football, at all levels, from encouragement and playing to training, and even the establishment of facilities for that sport.
His Excellency added, in a speech on the occasion of the conclusion of the exhibition, which was painted by Qatari artist Ahmed Al-Maadheed, that the success of the experiment in Geneva will encourage the National Human Rights Committee to organize copies of the exhibition in the rest of the capitals of the world in the near future, in order to spread the exhibitions messages, values and goals, especially in light of the growing interest in the game of football within societies with different cultures, beliefs and ethnicities.
HE Al-Jamali also stressed the need for the world to ensure that international sports tournaments leave a valuable social and human impact that will benefit future generations, noting that the National Human Rights Committee seizes the opportunity to organize the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to be a real catalyst for bringing about positive, tangible changes in the field of human rights. and achieving social justice.
His Excellency said that the committee has always worked tirelessly to protect workers’ rights in general, as well as protect the rights of World Cup project workers and preserve their health and safety, noting that the committee has made great achievements, which it is proud of.
His Excellency also noted the agreement signed by the Human Rights Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, saying that it will undoubtedly contribute to strengthening the commitment to protecting human rights.
For his part, HE UN Human Rights Chief of OHCHR Asia, Pacific, Middle East and North Africa branch Francesco Motta, described the exhibition as an important opportunity, through which lofty values were expressed, which is the respect for others through the practice of football and respect for human rights laws and charters, adding that this would support human rights as well as support fair play and encourage all those who play football to respect others and respect human rights.
HE Special Advisor to the Deputy Director General for Field Operations and Partnerships in International Labor Organization (ILO) Giovanni Di Cola, said that the exhibition carries high messages and values aimed at practicing football in accordance with human rights standards, pointing out at the same time that the exercise of human rights is not limited only to the obligations of states.