On 8 July, The Centre for Sport and Human Rights (CSHR) appointed a nine-person Board of Directors as it marks the transition to an independent non-profit organisation, based in Geneva.
Now established as a Swiss association, CSHR’s governing Members are the Government of Switzerland, the Commonwealth Games Federation, the International Organisation of Employers, the International Trade Union Confederation, the World Players Association, Human Rights Watch, and IHRB.
In addition, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) both have permanent formal observer roles in the association.
The new Directors are:
Dorcas Amakobe, Executive Director, Moving the Goalposts
Diana Chavez, Executive Director of the Private Sector Regional Centre for the Support of UN Sustainable Development Goals
Nikki Dryden, Human Rights and Sport Lawyer; Olympic athlete
Vincent Gaillard, Director General, European Professional Club Rugby, Co-founder of Sport & Sustainability International
Philip Jennings, Former General Secretary, UNI Global Union, Co- Founder World Players Association
Payoshni Mitra, Athlete Rights Activist
Walter Palmer, Director, Dartmouth for Life; Athlete rights activist, Labour organiser, former professional basketball player
Moira Thompson Oliver, Business and Human Rights Lawyer
Brent Wilton, Former Global Director of Workplace Rights, Coca-Cola; former Secretary-General, IOE
A series of podcast conversations with the new Directors will be launched later this year.
Mary Robinson, Chair of CSHR said: “The Centre is going from strength to strength with a new governance structure and diverse group of Directors. Great credit is due to IHRB for stewarding CSHR to this point. The new governance structure is an innovative approach to having an independent organisation emerge from a multi-stakeholder process, and with the participation of UN agencies I see enormous potential for the Centre to address complex challenges in sport. I have every confidence that the new Directors will bring their wealth of experience to help the world of sport fully respect human rights.”
Find the full story on the CSHR’s website here.