Joachim Rücker is providing "executive leadership" of the DOSB Human Rights Advisory Council ©Getty Images

The German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) has inaugurated a Human Rights Advisory Board led by former United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council President Joachim Rücker.

The Advisory Board features 13 members including its chair, the DOSB President Thomas Weikert, and has been tasked with providing a "systemic risk analysis" to aid with the development of the National Olympic Committee's human rights policy in 2023.

Last week's DOSB General Assembly voted to add a commitment to human rights to its statutes, and it marked Human Rights Day by reaffirming its commitment to "respecting all nationally and internationally recognised human rights".

Weikert, the former International Table Tennis Federation President, underlined the importance of the Advisory Board.

"The importance of human rights for sport and all the associated challenges is one of the most important issues for German sport," he said.

"This requires sustainable approaches that can bring about real changes.

"As the umbrella organisation of organised sport in Germany, but also as the National Olympic Committee and thus the representative of our country in world sport, we consider it essential that the rethinking that has already taken place in international sport is consistently continued.

"I am very pleased that we were able to win over a large number of people and organisations for this demanding project."

DOSB President Thomas Weikert said human rights is
DOSB President Thomas Weikert said human rights is "one of the most important issues for German sport" ©Getty Images

Rücker reflected on the significance of his role.

"I would like to thank you for this mandate and look forward to supporting the work of the DOSB on this important topic together with the new Human Rights Advisory Board, based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights," he said.

"At the same time, we would also like to be available to the member organisations of the DOSB and make them offers so that organized sport in Germany as a whole can make progress on the subject of human rights."

The DOSB has criticised the staging of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and offered its support to athletes who wish to speak out on human rights issues.

Germany's players covered their mouths during the team photo prior to their first match against Japan in what was a protest against FIFA's threats to impose sanctions for wearing the "OneLove" armband.