Russia 2018: Why human rights matter at the World Cup

Amnesty International World Cup protest at the Russian Embassy in Brussels
Amnesty International World Cup protest at the Russian Embassy in Brussels © CAMZZI

As prestigious global sporting events go, it doesn’t get much bigger than the World Cup.

Starting from June 14, an audience of billions will watch 32 national teams compete across 11 cities in Russia for the chance to lift the trophy in Moscow.

This is the first time in history that the World Cup’s organisers, FIFA, has awarded Russia the right to host one of the world’s most watched sporting events.

Russia: World Cup will serve as reminder of 'dismal' human rights record

"The authorities have been employing Soviet-style tactics against human rights defenders."
"The authorities have been employing Soviet-style tactics against human rights defenders." © Amnesty International
‘I was brutally beaten, hit on the head and body with a metal pipe. Both my legs were broken and I spent more than a month in hospital’ - activist Vasiliy Guslyannikov ‘The authorities have been employing Soviet-style tactics against human rights defenders’ - Kate Allen Amnesty International is reiterating its call for the urgent protection of human rights defenders in Russia as international attention begins to focus on the country with the start of the World Cup football tournament later this week (14 June). Since Russia was named World Cup hosts in late 2010, there has been a marked decline

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Urgent Action: Peaceful protester in pre-trial detention in Russia

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Russia: 'outrageous' use of force against protesters

Following the forceful dispersal of today’s (5 May) peaceful opposition rallies in Moscow and all over Russia, and the inaction of the police who allowed the beating of protesters by unknown people in ‘Cossack’-style uniforms, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “The forceful dispersal of today’s opposition demonstrations is outrageous. The Russian authorities once again refused to authorise protest rallies, and then used this ban to crackdown on those gathered in Moscow and elsewhere. “But what is worse is the total police inactio

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Russian authorities must not crack down on Putin inauguration protests

For the past 18 months the Russian authorities have been cracking down hard on protests © ALEXANDER UTKIN/AFP/Getty Images
‘He’s not our tsar’ protests called by Aleksei Navalny planned in dozens of cities tomorrow Amnesty spokespeople on the ground available for interview The Russian authorities must allow protests tomorrow ahead of the forthcoming presidential inauguration of Vladimir Putin, Amnesty International said today. The authorities in Moscow and more than 30 other Russian cities have refused to permit demonstrations by supporters of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny on Saturday, two days before the presidential inauguration on Monday. Despite government attempts to block tomorrow’s protests, Mr Navalny

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Russia's move to block Telegram messaging app is latest 'attack' on free expression

Moscow court set to rule tomorrow on attempt from Russia’s media watchdog to block the service ‘They are targeting one of the most popular messaging apps in Russia simply for having the courage and integrity to respect the privacy of its users’ - Denis Krivosheev Ahead of tomorrow’s court hearing on a request by Russia’s media watchdog to block the messaging app Telegram for its refusal to share users’ information with the government, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director, said: “By attempting to block the Telegram messaging app, the Russian

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