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Irish football stands up for human rights

Football and human rights share so many fundamental values. Fairness, first of all. Football is a powerful force for equality, anti-discrimination, diversity and integration. It operates within rules of respect and, as Nelson Mandela said, it can create hope, where there was once only despair.

The Football Association of Ireland and the United Nations Human Rights Office are partnering on the occasion of the World Cup qualifier Republic of Ireland vs. Austria, on 11 June. We call on all the fans to join us and show their commitment to human rights. Here’s what you can do:

  • Take the PledgeTake the human rights pledge here and tell your friends why you care
  • Take a selfie with your best football outfit and share along with the #standup4humanrights
  • Participate in our draw by leaving your email address below and win special goodies created for the occasion.

We count on your mobilisation, stand up for human rights !

Enter a draw for a chance to win "Stand Up"/FAI goodies!

We have plenty of goodies to give away to some lucky winners. A draw will take place in June 2017. Enter your e-mail address below for a chance to win. By leaving your e-mail address you'll also receive updates from the UN Human Rights Office.

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Learn more about human rights

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

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Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The UDHR urges each and everyone of us to promote respect for our universal human rights and freedoms. But do you know what those universal human rights are? Read the UDHR now and find out!