10 December 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most groundbreaking global pledges: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This landmark document enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 and sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

An IFA Policy on Human Rights will be discussed in today IFA Board of Directors meeting.

The topic of “sport and human rights” has moved to the center of social attention. Values such as respect, transparency and independence as well as the three areas of sustainability are practiced by the fistball family and are firmly anchored in the rules and regulations, such as the IFA statutes. The children’s and human rights from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles) provide a framework for the values of sport.

In doing so, we are following the example of international sport, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which adopted its strategic framework for human rights in 2022. In addition, as civil society organizations, we are committed to the implementation of human and children’s rights within the opportunities that sport offers.

With the help of this policy, we would also like to highlight and raise awareness of the opportunities that sport offers in terms of respecting human rights.