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FIFA and WHO to mark International Human Rights Day with anti-discrimination message

  • The hashtag #NoDiscrimination will be displayed during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM quarter-final matches.

  • The date of International Human Rights Day is December 10th.

  • During the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, FIFA and FIFPRO ha0ve implemented a social media protection service.

On Saturday, December 10, FIFA and the World Health Organization (WHO) will celebrate International Human Rights Day by reinforcing the message that discrimination of any kind has no place in football or in society in general. During the FIFA World Cup quarter-final matches on December 9 and 10, the #NoDiscrimination message will be displayed on stadium giant screens and LEDs, as well as on the captains’ armbands, as it has been throughout the tournament.
Discrimination, in all of its manifestations, is one of the most common forms of human rights violation and abuse. Every day, it affects millions of people, stifling opportunities, harming physical and mental health, squandering human talent, and highlighting social tensions and inequalities.
“”Stigma and discrimination can be extremely harmful to mental and physical health, preventing people from accessing the health services they require,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The World Health Organization is pleased to collaborate with FIFA on the No Discrimination campaign.” Everyone has the right to health, and combating stigma and discrimination wherever and whenever it appears is critical to realising that right.”
The WHO constitution, adopted in 1948, states that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of every human being’s fundamental rights, regardless of race, religion, gender, political belief, economic or social condition.
Since 2016, anti-discrimination has been a core principle in the implementation of new measures to transform FIFA. In 2019, FIFA incorporated a zero tolerance policy for racism and discrimination into its disciplinary code, and the organisation established a monitoring system to report incidents of discrimination at FIFA competition matches. The principles outlined in the FIFA Statutes have been used to provide a good practise for the 211 member associations (Article 4).
FIFA’s #NoDiscrimination campaign has been running throughout the FIFA World Cup and includes a groundbreaking monitoring and moderation service designed to protect players from abusive, discriminatory, and threatening comments on social media.
The service, which was launched with the support of FIFPRO, the worldwide representative organisation of professional footballers, has been made available to every team and player participating in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and is managed entirely on their behalf, allowing them to focus on performing on the field rather than dealing with social media abuse.
During the tournament’s group stage, the service automatically and instantly hid over 100,000 abusive and offensive comments (including spam) on behalf of opted-in teams and players, and over 6,000 posts were reported directly to social media companies for further action. This demonstrates how online abuse is still a serious problem for football players and the rest of society, with serious consequences for mental health and well-being. Following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, a comprehensive report will be published.
Human Rights Day is observed annually on December 10, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. (UDHR). This declares the inalienable rights to which all human beings are entitled, regardless of race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.

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