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Encouraging Signs They Are Set to Take More Leading Role

Click to expand Image An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in…
An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in Reykjavik, October 27, 2016.
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Rulers Fail to Remedy Rights Violations for Gulf Citizens and Residents

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Russia’s World Cup 2018 Preparations Falling Short of Rights Goal

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The Volgograd Arena, a 2018 World Cup venue in Volgograd, Russia, under construction in April 2017.
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Other Council of Europe Countries Should Back LGBT Rights

As of March 1, Finland will allow same-sex couples to marry, bringing to thirteen the number of European countries with marriage equality laws.Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement on February 21, affirmed…
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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
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Global soccer behemoth FIFA has had a tough year of its own making.  Embattled FIFA head Sepp Blatter was turfed out in December over corruption revelations.  Amnesty International’s March 31 report on migrant labor abuses in Qatar, slated to host the…
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Over the last year, reporting about FIFA, football’s scandal-plagued governing body, has focused on arrests, corruption, and worker rights abuses in the upcoming World Cup host countries, Russia and Qatar.
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The fighting in Yemen over the past year has been unimaginably grim – yet has largely gone unnoticed.
 
 At least 2,000 civilians have been killed since March 2015, according to the United Nations human rights office – the majority of them in…
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I was in Doha reporting for the BBC that night in December 2010 when Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup. I stood in the city’s main souk surrounded by excited Qataris waving their national flag, and watched that now-famous footage of Sepp…
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Last week German sports journalist Florian Bauer sent out a chilling tweet: “Now it's public. We got arrested in #Qatar, interrogated by the police & the intelligence service. Not allowed to leave the country for days.” Bauer and his ARD television…
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The Qatar Supreme Committee, the body charged with delivering the Gulf state’s 2022 World Cup, this morning released its Workers’ Welfare Standards. In this detailed 50-page document, the committee outlines how it intends to ensure the basic rights of…
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Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, football’s governing body, is off to Qatar on Saturday to talk to the emir about migrant workers’ rights, the issue that has dogged the decision to hold football’s signature event – the World Cup – in the Arab state in…
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Criticism has rained down on Qatar since last week’s exposé in the Guardian newspaper of the Gulf state’s failure to prevent mistreatment of its migrant workers. The media focus on Qatar is understandable. Many of the country’s migrant workers endure…