Meeting of the round table on "Promoting diversity and creating a non-discriminatory environment in cities hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018"

31 May 2018, Thursday

The initiative to hold the event was made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Raad al-Hussein.

The proposal was supported by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow in the framework of cooperation between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Russian Federation to form a non-discriminatory environment during the World Cup in Russia.

The round table was attended by officials from international organizations - the United Nations, UNESCO, the European Coalition of Cities against Racism, the FIFA Organizing Committee 2018, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow on regional security and information policy, the head of the Department of Sport and Tourism of Moscow, the governors and authorized representatives on human rights of the Russian regions hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018, the human rights ombudsman in the Russian Federation, and the regional commissioners from 11 subjects of Russian Federation.

Sariya Saburskaya, the Commissioner of Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan, as part of the "round table" on "Promoting diversity and creating a non-discriminating environment in cities hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018" was devoted to organizing activities to counteract and prevent racism and various forms of discrimination in sport in the Republic of Tatarstan.

"The Republic of Tatarstan is a region of Russia, which has considerable experience in the formation of interethnic and inter-religious accord, where for a long time there are live more than 170 representatives of different nationalities and cultures.

Inhabitants of Tatarstan greatly value the atmosphere of peace and good achieved over a long period of time, and in every way try to maintain a spirit of friendship and tolerance among the population of the republic, - the Оmbudsman said in her speech.

A separate chapter of the Strategy for Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan for 2014-2018 is devoted to prevention and suppression of discrimination in the Republic of Tatarstan in the spheres of interethnic, interdenominational and migratory relations and affirms as basic principles for the implementation of this Strategy:

• ensuring equal rights, freedoms of a person and citizen, regardless of ethnicity, attitude to religion, membership of social groups and legitimate public associations;

• suppression of activities aimed at inciting social, racial, ethnic strife, undermining the security of the state;

• prohibition of any forms of restriction of the rights of citizens on grounds of social, ethnic, language or religious affiliation;

• timely and peaceful resolution of contradictions and social conflicts within the framework of existing legislation.

The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, the city of Kazan, is an example of a city whose sporting potential, gradually developing into a sustainable brand, has been determined by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan and is supported not only by the population of the region, but also by the federal authorities of Russia

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