Human rights in China: A missed opportunity for the IOC

The Chinese government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to the violations of human rights in China, where in the Winter of 2022, the Olympic wi

Human rights in China: A missed opportunity for the IOC

The Chinese government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to the violations of human rights in China, where in the Winter of 2022, the Olympic winter games are held to massive criticism by leading human rights organisations exposed to. In the "sport and Rights Alliance" (SRA) brings together organisations, among them Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Transparency International and the Committee to Protect Journalists, in reference to the "sustainability plan", the Chinese Olympic planners on may 15. May had presented and which had been praised by the IOC under its President, Thomas Bach.

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"The Plan is in stark contrast to the commitment of the IOC from March to respect human rights and to integrate in their own work" is Brendan Schwab, the managing Director of the World Players Association cited. In the "sustainability plan" be no talk of human rights, working conditions, freedom of expression and freedom of Association, LGBTI Rights, media and Internet freedom, freedom of Assembly, transparency and Anti-corruption standards.

"The sustainability plan is a missed opportunity for the IOC to have deeds to words to follow and, in practice, the strategies and explanations to implement, which have been widely presented in the media", is Sylvia Schenk, chair of the working group Sport of Transparency International Germany, quoted. "The responsibility of the IOC to respect human rights, is not even mentioned."

Actually relevant to IOC officials, starting with President Bach praise for years, the preparations of the Chinese. In January 2019 Bach, the Xinhua news Agency said, the impressions were "really outstanding". Juan Antonio Samaranch, the son of the former IOC President of the same Name, the Chairman of the IOC-preparation Commission for the games, had said at the beginning of June, the preparations made important progress in the efforts to bring millions of people to the winter sports close to, was empowering. The efforts of the Chinese met the Olympic spirit and the thoughts of Bach.

Minky Worden, Human Rights Watch, global initiatives, accuses the government under the state President and General Secretary of the Communist party of China, Xi Jinping, the rule of law "influence, violations of the planning and execution of the games-2022, immediately". They called on the IOC to address them, and called "severe restrictions on journalists and the Internet, labor abuse and mass surveillance".

Updated Date: 01 July 2020, 04:19

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