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UN support for Semenya strengthens human rights argument - legal expert

22 March 2019 5:30 PM

On Thursday the UN's Human Rights Council adopted a South African resolution defending Caster Semenya in IAAF case.

On Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution tabled by South Africa to defend double Olympic champion Caster Semenya in her fight against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Semenya is challenging the IAAF proposal to restrict the testosterone levels of female athletes.

The resolution adopted by the Council is aimed at eliminating discrimination against women and girls in sport.

READ: Semenya's battle against IAAF puts spotlight on sports categories, says expert

Academic associate at the University of Pretoria's law centre, Shani Bartlett says the IAAF case has been looked at mainly from a scientific perspective but should be seen from a human rights point of view as well.

She says the UN's support strengthens the human rights argument.

I think that we stand a very good chance even if you re-look at the science behind the regulations, that we stand a very good chance.

Shani Bartlett, Academic associate - University of Pretoria law centre

I think the UN coming out in support of Caster and this case and condemning the regulations just strengthens your human rights.. or rather our human rights argument.

Shani Bartlett, Academic associate - University of Pretoria law centre

This would be the first time that the UN has ever come out and interfered in a sporting issue.

Shani Bartlett, Academic associate - University of Pretoria law centre

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22 March 2019 5:30 PM