A damning report published today by the United Nations, has found the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA) guilty of breaching numerous international human rights and has called the organisation “shameful in it’s physical and mental exploitation of young people in Ireland.”
The UN decided to pursue a full scale investigation of the GAA, after it emerged that it was engaging in talks with Sky Sports over a lucrative TV licensing deal.
The deal, set to secure millions for the powerful organisation, will not see a cent given to local players around the country, nor will it see a reduction in the amount of hours they invest in the “game”.
The report found that the GAA were directly breaching Article 4 and Article 5 of the Declaration of Human Rights.
Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
However, it appears that the GAA have thousands of young men and women, physically tormenting themselves for hours every single week.
The report outlines that the only benefactor of this work, is the GAA. The GAA uses their slaves’ bodies to wrap in advertising and pits them against each other in large modern day coliseums, where they raise millions through ticket sales, merchandising and TV licencing deals.
The report commented that:
“The most worrying thing about this form of slavery is the indoctrination of the youth. Young people are brainwashed like child soldiers in Africa to join the GAA – to sacrifice their own lives, minds and bodies for the direct benefit of the organisation.”
Article 5 of The Declaration of Human Rights also states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.“.
The report clearly shows the degrading way the GAA treats their slaves. Not rewarding them honestly for their work and using their bodies in every way they can to earn millions.
On top of this is the weekly torment of ice baths, where players are forced to sit naked in ice cold water, to the point where they start to shiver from the cold and their core temperature begins to drop, placing them at a significant heath risk.
This also comes after hours of physical punishment and psychological torture, or “training” as it’s called on the ground.
Even though Ireland has one of the highest rates of mental health issues among young people, it doesn’t deter leaders in the GAA from using harsh mental and emotional tactics to manipulate their players/slaves.
The UN will be calling the GAA before the European Court of Human Rights to answer the charges and to finally be brought to justice.