Russia: Human rights abuses related to 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi
Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, 7-23 February. Construction in preparation for the Olympics involves the building of sports venues, hotels, roads, telecommunications systems, transportation hubs, and other major infrastructure needed to support several weeks of Olympic sports. According to Human Rights Watch, 74,000 workers, including 16,000 foreign migrant workers, are building 136 Olympic sites. Media, activists, human rights organizations and other NGOs have been highlighting human rights abuses related to these works, including: exploitation of workers engaged in Olympic construction; illegal dumping of construction waste threatening residents' health & safety; evictions and displacement to make way for Olympic construction, sometimes without fair compensation; refusal to relocate people whose homes are severely damaged or affected by Olympic construction; and pressure on and harassment of environmental and human rights activists and journalists who criticize Olympic preparations or other government policies.