At the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, John Morrison of IHRB chaired a side event entitled “Hosting Mega Sport events: Strengthening the Respect for Human Rights”. The session, co-hosted by the Qatari and Japanese Permanent Missions to the UN Office in Geneva, focussed on how Qatar, Japan, and other upcoming host countries are working to ensure respect for human rights in mega-sporting events.
Opening statements were delivered by H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Mr Manabu Horii, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The panel comprised H. E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar, Ms Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Ms Rita Schiavi, Chair of International Women's Committee of BWI, as well as Mr Morrison.