Intl. Olympic Committee adds human rights requirements to host city contracts to tackle abuses following engagement with Sport & Rights Alliance

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15 February 2018

South Korea: The new Olympics human rights requirements should encourage South Korea to grant amnesty to unfairly jailed trade unionists

Author: Minky Worden, The Washington Post

"South Korea should honor its Olympics workers by releasing jailed labor leaders", 12 February 2018

The Olympic Charter’s core principle is human dignity. In early 2017, the International Olympic Committee at last added human rights protections into host city contracts, starting with the 2024 Summer Olympics. IOC President Thomas Bach has also aligned the IOC with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ... South Korea’s new president and the host of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is a human rights lawyer, Moon Jae-in. A former student activist, Moon is uniquely positioned to take up human rights as a central platform of his administration, and he can use the leverage of the Olympics ... Moon pardoned 6,444 prisoners — but not the unjustly jailed trade unionists. The PyeongChang Olympics present the perfect opportunity to honor the workers who constructed the facilities by absolving and releasing these labor leaders from prison.

[Refers to: KCTU]

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8 March 2017

Intl. Olympic Committee adopts new section on human rights citing UN Guiding Principles for host city contracts

Author: Intl. Olympic Committee

"IOC strengthens its stance in favour of human rights and against corruption in new Host City Contract", 28 Feb 2017

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is moving forward with the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 after consulting with the Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA) and is making specific changes to the Host City Contract 2024 with regard to human rights, anti-corruption and sustainable development standards...Reiterating its commitment to integrate the results of its collaboration with the SRA, the IOC adopted new procedures and made changes to the Host City Contract 2024, which now includes a section designed to strengthen provisions protecting human rights and countering fraud and corruption related to the organisation of the Olympic Games...

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1 March 2017

Human Rights Watch welcomes move to incorporate human rights into Olympic host city contracts

Author: Human Rights Watch

"Olympics: Host City Contract Requires Human Rights", 28 Feb 2017

The move by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to incorporate human rights principles in its Host City Contract could help prevent major abuses by future Olympic hosts…The revised Host City Contract, developed with recommendations from…the SRA, a coalition of leading rights, transparency, and athletes’ organizations, was finalized in January 2017 and will first apply to the 2024 Summer Olympics. For the first time, the IOC has included explicit reference to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), which outline the human rights responsibilities of businesses, as well as references to anti-corruption standards…The revised contract requires host cities to “protect and respect human rights and ensure any violation of human rights is remedied…The amendments mark the latest step in a long campaign by the SRA, which in February 2015 called for “rights-respecting Olympic bids” …but [also] cautioned that words on paper would not change practice [and] that implementation and monitoring are essential.

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