In Meeting at the UN, Minister points out Brazil’s commitment to human rights in sport events

27/02/2012 - 18:51
Minister Maria do Rosário took part in the 19th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva this Monday

Photo: SEDH#Maria do Rosário: "Legacy is as important as the events themselves"At the 19th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, held this Monday (27.02) in Geneva, the Minister of the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic, Maria do Rosário, reaffirmed the commitment from the Brazilian government to make the most of opportunities brought about by mega sport events to promote social inclusion.

“Legacy is as important as the events themselves. Therefore, we want successful games, particularly from the Human Rights point of view”, stated the Minister during the panel on Sports and Human Rights.

The Minister pointed out the concern of ensuring accessibility to people with disabilities to all venues and of respecting communities that will be resettled as a result of construction works for the Olympics, as well as for the 2014 World Cup.

“We are doubling interventions against the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, strengthening protection structures, such as Guardianship Councils at the World  Cup host cities and throughout Brazil”, stated the Minister.

Maria do Rosário underlined the government efforts in relation to hosting the events. “These challenges are part of the Brazilian government’s agenda, such as the eradication of child labour, overcoming all types of violence and sexual exploitation, protecting children in early childhood and ensuring access to education”, she added.

“High rate of social investment contributes to this positive moment and it affects development, income distribution, social inclusion and secured employment. These results are a consequence of efforts from the government, as well as Brazilian citizens as a whole”, assessed Maria do Rosário.

» Read the Minister’s full speech made at the 19th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (in Portuguese)

Source: Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic

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