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Article

20 Jan 2015

Author:
Minky Worden, Director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch, in New York Times

Human Rights and the 2022 Olympics

"Human Rights and the 2022 Olympics", 19 Jan 2014

The Olympic spirit has come to this: Two authoritarian countries are vying to host the 2022 Winter Games, competing to endure a huge financial strain for the benefit of burnishing their public image. The withdrawal of Oslo in October left Beijing, China’s capital, and Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, as the contenders...

That helps explain why the president of the International Olympic Committee, the German lawyer Thomas Bach, pushed through landmark human rights reforms at a big Olympic summit meeting in Monaco last month.

For the first time, host countries must sign a contract that requires protections for human rights, labor and the environment...These reforms are about to get a rigorous test in the global spotlight...

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