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Sport and Human Rights: The Universal Language for Universal Rights

  • The Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Join Freedom House, the Embassy of Australia, Australian Intercultural Society, and Affinity Intercultural Foundation for a discussion about the nexus between sport and human rights sports and human rights.

Our discussion will feature Freedom House President Michael J. Abramowitz in conversation with Craig Foster, famed athlete and former sports journalist. 

Panelist Biographies

Craig Foster

Craig Foster is one of Australia’s most respected former athletes with an award-winning career in broadcasting, athlete activism, social justice and human rights. Australia’s 40th National Football Team Captain, Craig’s broadcast career spans five male and female FIFA World Cups with three national broadcast awards, Olympic Games and European, South American and domestic professional football competitions. An author and columnist, he is a strong voice for the embedding of fundamental human rights in sport, the importance of inclusivity, non-discrimination and equality of access to sport for children, of the rights of self-determination for indigenous Australians, diversity and multiculturalism as a member of the Australian Multicultural Council and support for numerous football programs for refugee, homeless and indigenous children in Australia. 

Michael J. Abramowitz

Michael J. Abramowitz is president of Freedom House. Before joining Freedom House in February 2017, he was director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. He led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts and later oversaw its public education programs. He was previously National Editor and then White House correspondent for the Washington Post. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Hoover Institution. A graduate of Harvard College, he is also a board member of the National Security Archive.


Please Note

Photo ID required for admission.

Business attire.

Metro (Red Line): Dupont Circle.

No parking at the Embassy.