“The conduct of ban team captains from wearing the rainbow armband is completely out of place and shows how the world championship is currently being held in Qatar show one retrocession in the field of human rights rather than an evolution”. It is the crucial passage of the complaint that tomorrow morning will be filed by Codacons against the Fifa before the European Court of Human Rights and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, and which Adnkronos has previewed. In the document, the consumer association starts from the fact that “the European Court of Human Rights itself has equated discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to racial discrimination (judgment of the Edu Court, of 9 February 2012, Vejdeland et alii v. Sweden, No. 1813/07)”.
Therefore, Codacons explains, “a clear one violation of freedom of expression sanctioned by the art. 10 of the ECHR according to which ‘everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right includes the freedom of opinion and the freedom to receive or communicate information or ideas without interference from public authorities and without border limits”. Among the articles cited by the association also the article 14 of the ECHR according to which ‘the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms recognized in the present Convention must be ensured without any discrimination, in particular those based on sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion national or social origin, membership of a national minority, wealth, birth or any other status”.
For these reasons Codacons requests an intervention by the competent Authorities. In particular, the Italian Government is requested to refer to the European Court of Human Rights “the question described in the narrative regarding the censorships put in place by Fifa at the 2022 World Cup”. Also to the Italian Government, “to inform the Prosecutor, pursuant to Article 14 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, of the crime described in the narrative against humanity, consisting in the persecution against any group or community for sexual reasons and incompatible with international law “.
The consumer movement instead asks the Commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe “to intervene on the issue and promote respect for human rights”. Finally, the document reads, “the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court is asked that you want to start your own official investigation pursuant to art. 15 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court with reference to the crime described in the narrative against humanity, consisting in the persecution against any group or community for sexual reasons and incompatible with international law”.