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Can Big Global Sports Come Around to Human Rights Advocacy?

Jan 31, 2019 - The New York Times

BANGKOK — The global sports market is worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Now, this powerful industry is coming together to promote an unlikely cause: human rights.

Since late November, a Bahrain-born soccer player for a minor team in Australia has been held in detention in Thailand. The player, Hakeem al-Araibi, 24, is not a famous athlete. He has no lucrative sponsors.

But he has spoken out against one of the most powerful men in international soccer, who is also a memb...