Human and Child rights, labour standards and anti-corruption measures must be central to all stages of the Olympic Games to stop the event becoming a byword for oppression, the Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA) said today ahead of a key meeting of the International Olympic Committee this week.
The IOC Executive Committee will meet in Rio from 26-28 February to discuss implementation of Agenda 2020, its “strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement”, passed in December last year. The Agenda includes anti-discrimination measures, labour standards and proposals to improve transparency and promote good governance.
In a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach, the SRA said:
“Too often major sports events have seen people forcibly evicted from their homes to make way for infrastructure, workers exploited, campaigners locked up, the environment damaged beyond repair and notoriously opaque bidding processes.
“The recommendations in the IOC’s Agenda 2020 are a chance to change that and ensure human rights, the environment and anti-corruption measures are central to all stages of the Olympic Games – from bidding, through to the development and delivery phase to final reporting.”
Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of Terre des Hommes (IF), a member of the SRA said:
“With its Agenda 2020, the IOC can set an important example for other major sporting bodies to follow. As a child right organization, Terre des Hommes with its Children Win campaign calls for opportunities and the risks for children before, during and after Mega Sporting Events to be addressed in the bidding process. Believing change is possible, Terre des Hommes as the other members of the Sport and Rights Coalition can offer expertise to support IOC for its future Games to embrace sporting glory and the true spirit of Olympism”.
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