The UN is interested in “providing guidance to sports federations” on how to put human rights standards into practice
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The ‘Vinicius case’ seems to have no ceiling and has already reached the UN. The high commissioner for human rights, Volker Trk, condemned the insults received last Sunday by the Real Madrid player, and asked the organizers of sporting events to implement “strategies to avoid racism in sport.” while, in Brazildozens of demonstrators have protested in front of the Consulate of Spain in sao paulo with chants of ‘racist LaLiga’.
“The racist abuse suffered by Vinicius Junior this Sunday reminds us of the prevalence of racism in sport, and I ask those who organize sporting events to launch field strategies to avoid and counteract it”, highlighted Trk at a press conference.
“Much more is needed to eradicate racial discrimination, and it must start with listening to people Afro-descendantsinvolving them and taking real steps to address their main concerns,” added the Austrian high commissioner.
Trk added that in view of these incidents his office is interested in “offer a guide to sports federations” on how to put human rights standards into practice, “fight against stigmatization, racism or discrimination against the LGTBI collective”.
The high commissioner linked the attacks on Vinicius with the murder of George Floyd in the US three years ago. “It is clear that the problem of police brutality against people of African descent will not be solved until we deal with the broader problem of systematic manifestations of racism that permeate every aspect of our lives.”
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