Human Rights Defender: The Human Rights of Athletes

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A discussion of different aspects of athletes' rights, and how they have been respected, protected and contested at the elite level.

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Two years ago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) proposed an Athletes’ Rights and Responsibility Declaration.

Critics of the declaration say it does not come close to respecting the internationally recognised human rights of athletes - that it relegates athlete rights beneath the rules of sport governing bodies and fails to give the victims of human rights abuse access to an effective remedy.

This year, the IOC has agreed to develop and adopt a detailed overarching strategy on human rights, yet when the strategy will be released is unknown.

A new special issue of Human Rights Defender brings to fore different aspects of athletes’ rights and how they have been respected, protected and contested at the elite level.

In this week when we would have been celebrating the Tokyo Olympic Games, we have invited the magazine’s Guest Editor, Dr Natalie Galea, Olympians and international experts to discuss athletes' rights within the Olympic movement broadly.

Watch the discussion:


Dr Natalie Galea, Guest Editor, Australian Olympian

Mary Harvey, Centre for Sport and Human Rights, US Olympian

Dr Madeleine Pape, Northwestern University, Australian Olympian

Dr Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, Sports Equity Lab, Yale School of Public Health


Craig Foster, Former Australian football Captain and human rights defender

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