Push for change

We call on all stakeholders – from the organisers and hosts of Mega Sporting Events, to sponsors, participants and international media – to ensure that child rights are not violated before, during and after events. We do this directly through letters to key decision-makers and private meetings or, when necessary, in the public domain through campaigns, petitions and published letters, and through press conferences and events.

We demand that sport governing bodies:

  • issue a public human rights commitment and policy;
  • have in place capacity to remedy human rights violations;
  • undertake human rights due diligence;
  • conduct human rights monitoring throughout, and;
  • enable external independent monitoring.

Furthermore, in order to prevent violations at future events, Terre des Hommes calls on organisers to include human rights, and specifically child rights:

  • as part of the decision for awarding any Mega Sporting Event; and
  • as an explicit obligation in contracts with the host city or country.

All these standards should not be based on goodwill, but should be non-negotiable and binding for all stakeholders.

This was our demand to the IOC as we staged a press conference in Rio just days before the start of the 2016 Olympic Games, which was attended and covered by international media from more than 40 countries.

We also provide evidence of violations in reports delivered by hand to governing bodies.


We also speak at key forums and participate in important debates, for example contributing to the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights in Brussels and the ‘Human rights legacy in sporting events’ debate during the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

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