IMMAF – WMMAA Position on Members and Nazism, Racism and Criminal Violence

It has been brought to the attention of IMMAF- WMMAA that some MMA competitors in a member nation have been associated with Nazi groups promoting racism and violence. The IMMAF- WMMAA leadership hereby expresses its horror at any association between participants of the sport of MMA and Nazism, and refers Members to our Statutes and Code of Conduct which clearly enshrine IMMAF- WMMAA’s opposition to racial discrimination and to criminal violence: “IMMAF-WMMAA and its Members reject all forms and means of discrimination against individuals, groups of people, organizations or countries of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion…” [Chapter 1 Article 3] It is the responsibility of National Federations not to tolerate or harbour as members those who promote or perpetrate such discrimination and hatred. It is furthermore the duty of a National Federation to be vigilant in its policing of such activities among its Membership. ‘Turning a blind eye’ or tolerance of Nazi activities can be viewed as aiding or abetting, and any Member Federation acting thus in breach of IMMAF- WMMAA values risks expulsion and termination of membership. For clear understanding of IMMAF – WMMAA Member obligations, we refer you to Chapter 9 of the Statutes which requires a Member to “promote the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) at all levels, as a means to contribute to the positive development of society” Members must “ensure their Statutes and bylaws contain the following provisions or language supporting these positions: “a. the Member and its representatives reject all forms and means of discrimination against individuals, groups of people, organizations or countries based on ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion or politics.” “Members are committed to comply [‘unreservedly’] with, and ensure compliance from its representatives, officials and athletes with, these Statutes, IMMAF Bylaws, IMMAF Competition Rules, the IMMAF Code of Ethics and the IMMAF Disciplinary Code and decisions.” Further to this, IMMAF’s CODE OF CONDUCT demands the following among its core principles for behaviour and conduct: 3.3 Zero tolerance of discrimination and harassment We are committed to a diverse culture. There shall be no discrimination as a result of race, ethnicity, origin, skin colour, nationality, religion, age, gender, language, physical appearance, sexual orientation or political opinion, or engagement in any kind of verbal or physical harassment based on any of the above mentioned or any other criteria 3.4 Respect and Dignity We will treat everyone with respect and protect the personal dignity, privacy and personal rights of every human being IMMAF President Kerrith Brown

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