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Introductory session: Human Rights in Sport

Strasbourg, France 07 december 2020
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Introductory session: Human Rights in Sport

Following on from the Opening Session of the 16th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport and the Introductory session which focused on the revision of the European Sports Charter (5 November 2020), the third online session of this conference (“Human Rights in Sport”) took place on Monday 7 December (10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. CET).

The session was open to invited delegations and observers only (closed to the public) but video highlights will be produced afterwards, and you can follow the main points via Twitter (@sport_coe; #Coe4Sport) during the session itself.

This introductory panel session was moderated by André-Noël Chaker (@anchaker) and included insight on human rights issues such as right to a fair trial, child protection and economic and social rights of athletes, from:

  • Tiina Kivisaari, Director of Sport, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland (@TiinaKivisaari)
  • Marko Bošnjak, Judge, European Court of Human Rights (@ECHR_CEDH)
  • Claudia Bokel, President of the German Fencing Federation, former Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission (@ClaudiaBokel)
  • Pierre Cornu, President, Foundation Council, International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) (@sportCIES)

The session was opened by Lefteris Avgenakis, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport, Greece (@l_avgenakis)

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 Opening speech by Mr Avgenakis