Spot on Human Rights

Where does it lead to, when important international events take part in countries where human rights are disregarded?

Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2012 in Azerbaijan, UEFA championship 2012 in Ukraine, Winter Olympics 2014 in Russia and FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Currently the UEFA championship takes place in Poland and Ukraine and a few weeks ago the ESC was celebrated in Baku. The discussion on human rights connected to the host countries of events like that started again.

In Baku the government disregards human rights and suppresses the opposition. While the ESC took part and Europe celebrated a big party, opponents of the government got forcibly arrested by the government during peaceful protest demonstrations.

Like in Baku the government of Ukraine arrests the opponents of government as well. In the prison they have bad conditions for the prisoners. Especially Julija Timoschenko, the former leader of Ukraine’s government, was discussed and criticized in Europe’s press. Now we are celebrating the UEFA championship there. Human rights are inviolable everywhere and for everyone.

Let´s have a look in the future. Winter Olympics and FIFA World Cup in Russia, where democratic elections are not taking place in fair conditions. And in my opinion the top of the mountain is the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Women have not the same rights as men and homosexuals are not allowed to live a free life. As well I think it is irresponsible that people talk about climatic effects in our world and discuss how to save the world and at the same time people decide to host a World Cup in Qatar, where stadiums will be with air condition. They will be build up in the desert and influence the nature.

For sure it is important for people in the countries to host such important events and feel these events in their own country, but I think we are not honest to ourselves if we support nations, where human rights are not respected by giving them the host of these important events.

What do you think about that topic? Is it ok to host these events in those countries?

To hear some opinions please look at the audio reports from Anti Haugas.


European Youth Voice June 2012, Danny Piel, Germany

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