UEFA forces countries bidding to host future European Championships to meet human rights criteria
The two potential bidders to host UEFA EURO 2024, Germany and Turkey, received information from UEFA on how the bid will be conducted last week, which for the first time includes specific criteria relating to the respect for human rights.
The new criteria follow widespread concerns over the way in which hosting countries for mega events have not met concerns over issues such as the rights of migrant workers, the forcible removal of local residents, the treatment of minority communities and procurement practices.
The new bidding criteria are based on the United Nations’ “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” and other UN conventions and were developed in close cooperation with Sport and Rights Alliance. Criteria regarding compliance and anticorruption measures have also been included as requirements.