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International Olympic Committee Adopts Proposal to Include Sexual Orientation in Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter

IOC-Dec-8-VoteToday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously voted in favor of adopting “Proposal 14” of the Olympic Agenda 2020. This vote will add non-discrimination language regarding sexual orientation in Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter. The vote took a positive step forward in promoting equality in the Olympic games. In September, the IOC announced that they would add an anti-discrimination clause to host cities’ contracts.

“There is no greater sign of progress in combating homophobia in sports than to have the oldest organized athletic competition in the history of the world saying enough is enough,” Hudson Taylor, executive director of gay rights group Athlete Ally, said in a statement regarding the vote.

In April 2014 the Council for Global Equality sent a letter to IOC President, Thomas Bach, asking that four areas be addressed:

  1. Amend Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, to include “sexual orientation and gender identity”
  2. Strengthen the Olympic Host City Bid process
  3. Future host city contracts should include specific human rights pledges and a commitment not to introduce laws or policies that violate human rights law before the Games
  4. Make Host City Contracts public

Read the full letter here.


Related Content:

IOC Adopts Proposal to Include Sexual Orientation in Olympic Charter’s Non-discrimination Principle (Human Rights First)

Joint Letter to IOC President Bach Regarding “Agenda 2020” (Human Rights Watch)

Tammy Baldwin, Susan Collins, David Cicilline and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Pen Op-Ed “Human Rights Issues Pollute Olympic Spirit”

Repost from USA Today

Host countries should promote tolerance. IOC failed on this principle in picking Russia.

On Friday, the world will come together to open the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia — a celebration of hard work and fair play, social responsibility, and international friendship. Every two years, the Olympic Games bring the world together, regardless of political ideology, to compete in feats of endurance, strength and sportsmanship. The issues that often divide our world seem to be suspended or even temporarily disappear during the Olympics. And instead of focusing on our differences, we come together as a global community to focus on what we have in common and our shared appreciation for our athletes and the games.

Although some individuals or groups have threatened to use the Games as an opportunity to wreak violence, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) continues to organize the Games to promote peace through sport — diplomacy through fierce, but friendly competition. In many ways, the IOC has been successful in its mission, as stated in the Olympic Charter, “to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind.”

The Olympic Games are unparalleled in their ability to bring together people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and to promote tolerance and acceptance of these differences. Fundamental Principle Six of the Olympic Charter explicitly prohibits “(a)ny form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise.” This principle reflects the basic human right of equality before the law — the idea that everyone enjoys the same basic human rights free of discrimination. Continue Reading


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