In a first of its kind Human Rights Congress, the German football federation (DFB) hosted a high level one-day event in its newly built academy in Frankfurt/Main. The congress assembled stakeholders and human rights experts on the theme of ‘Human Rights – Before, During and After Qatar 2022’. Cares Project founder and director, Jonas Burgheim, was invited to partake in the event. As a former adviser to DFB responsible for the drafting of the DFB human rights policy, Burgheim contributed his knowledge to the different fora as part of the event.

The DFB Human Rights Congress is a first step in the process of active regular stakeholder inclusion in the organisation of high level sporting events on the theme of human rights. Much work remains to be done with regard to an effective implementation of human rights due diligence before, during and after the Qatar 2022 world cup just like the EURO 2024 in Germany.