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Monday, May 23 • 17:10 - 18:00
Sportswashing: From the Beijing Genocide Games to Qatar’s FIFA World Cup Migrant Workers’ Crisis

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2022 has been referred to as “sportswashing’s biggest year,” due to the Beijing Olympics and FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This session will share behind-the-scenes stories, tips, and know-hows on how we can all join to raise awareness about how authoritarian regimes weaponize global games to whitewash their abuses.

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Karim Zidan

Author and journalist

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Malcolm Bidali

Labor rights activist and blogger
Malcolm Bidali is the co-founder of Migrant Defenders, a Kenya-based civil society organization defending the rights of migrant workers in the Middle East. Bidali is a former migrant worker in Qatar who became a prominent whistleblower by anonymously documenting  and exposing brutal conditions for migrant laborers in the lead up to Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In May 2021, Bidali was arrested by Qatari security services following a phishing attack to unmask his identity. He was held incommunicado and in solitary confinement for nearly a... Read More →
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Chemi Lhamo

Tibetan activist and community organizer
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Lise Klaveness

President of the Norwegian Football Federation, lawyer, and human rights advocate

Monday May 23, 2022 17:10 - 18:00 CEST
Lille Sal