Forum on Sport and Human Rights: Focus on freedom of expression

The second edition of the Forum on Sport and Human Rights, organized by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), will take place on November 30, 2022 in a hybrid format (Strasbourg and online).

The central theme of the Forum will be freedom of expression. The event will revolve around four subject areas:

  • Freedom of expression of athletes,
  • Freedom of the press,
  • Gender equality and the media, and
  • Combating hate speech in sport.

Four thematic sessions will be followed by four breakout workshops, which will allow participants to discuss the issues in more detail.

Representatives of governments, the sport movement and NGOs, as well as academicians, journalists, athletes and experts, will present the situation in their areas of competence, discuss recurrent challenges and share ideas and solutions for taking things forward.

Participation is by invitation only, however members of the public are invited to watch the morning sessions (9am – 12.30pm) via the webstream link that will be provided soon.

Freedom of expression is laid down in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights:

“1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authorities and regardless of borders. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.)”


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