Views /Editorial

Sports in promoting human rights

Published: 29 Aug 2022 - 08:23 am | Last Updated: 29 Aug 2022 - 08:23 am

For almost a decade, Qatar has been under watch of rights’ advocates who kept on raising subject of migrant workers and it can be said that no relevant issue was left behind or not touched upon in hopeless attempts to undermine the State’s ambitions and achievements in protecting the rights of migrant workers and enforcing relevant rules. 

Over the past decade, the State of Qatar introduced significant legislative reforms including labour law and established committees to address issues and funds to support the workers. 

The State of Qatar was doing all these reforms not in response to claims or baseless allegations rose here or there, but out of its conviction, social values and sovereign decision. As well as out of its belief that migrant workers in Qatar are true partners in the development and renaissance of the country, that is why Qatar was keen to implement labour protection laws in partnership with international organizations and with utmost transparency. 

Along these efforts and legislative reforms as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 approaches, the importance of public awareness in general and fans in particular raises. It is a fact that prompted the Qatar National Human Rights Committee (QNHRC) to decide organizing the first national forum on human rights on September 12-13, 2022. 

The event intends to promote awareness on the importance of human rights in the work of law enforcement agencies. The forum will focus on the role of law enforcement agencies in protecting human rights during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with the participation of a wide array of competent authorities that will include the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Sports & Youth and UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre.

As the Chairman of NHRC Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah emphasized the forum will essentially raise the awareness of the Qatari society in general, and those operating in law enforcement agencies in particular, on the importance of right to sports as one of the key human rights pillar, including its role in promoting human dignity, tolerance values and international solidarity. 

Likewise, NHRC clarified in its statement that the two-day forum will discuss the objective and human imperatives that set the sports within human rights system as a creative human activity and further explore the extent of how the right to sports helps promoting human rights.

Such initiates are being taken with the aim of ensuring smooth and safe tournaments and protect human rights, which are principles the State of Qatar committed to and shares with the international community and law.