HRW asks UN to acknowledge FIFA as doing business with settlements on the West Bank

HRW asks UN to acknowledge FIFA as doing business with settlements on the West Bank

James Dorsey reports a new action by HRW that puts further pressure on FIFA to oblige the Israeli FA to exclude settlement clubs from its leagues.  He says:

“Human Rights Watch (HRW)……… has asked the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights to include world soccer body FIFA in a registry of enterprises that do business with Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

The request is based on the fact that the Israel Football Association (IFA) organizes matches in Israeli settlements and allows six settlement teams to play in Israeli Leagues. The Palestine Football Association (PFA) backed by HRW has denounced the Israeli policy as a violation of FIFA policy that stipulates that teams can only play on the territory of another FIFA member with that member’s permission.”

James adds:

“The HRW request builds not only on international law regarding the status of the West Bank as occupied territory but also on a decision by a Swiss government-sponsored unit of the Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to classify FIFA as a multi-national bound by the group’s guidelines rather than a non-governmental organization.

The request is also rooted in a report commissioned by FIFA in which John Ruggie, a Harvard professor and former UN Secretary-General special representative for business and human rights, that urges the soccer body to subscribe to the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”

The full article is at: https://mideastsoccer.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/human-rights-watch-and-fifa-test-middle.html

 

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