POSTED: April 15th 2014

All Out calls for changes to Olympic Agenda 2020, Olympic Charter

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) With the public submissions for reforms being considered for the Olympic Agenda 2020 closing Tuesday, more than 115,543 members of All Out have urged International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to change the rules regarding the selection of Olympic Host Cities with anti-gay or discriminatory laws.

A global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organisation, All Out consists of more than 1.9 million members in the movement for love and equality. Around 74,700 members signed a petition delivered to the IOC, while another 41,000 or so delivered individual messages to the IOC.

“Russia’s extreme anti-gay laws and violence were largely ignored by the International Olympic Committee throughout the Sochi Olympics,” All Out Cofounder and Executive Director Andre Banks said. “There must be basic, minimum standards to ensure that Olympic Host Countries protect athletes, tourists, and citizens of every country.

“It’s time for the Olympics to change the rules and make sure that all future Games follow Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter – ensuring non-discrimination for all.”

Fifty-two Olympians also condemned Russia’s discriminatory laws to support the Olympics’ Principle 6.

“No country has a perfect human rights record but potential Olympic hosts should be held to the highest standards of the Olympic Charter,” Banks said. “Countries with laws designed to discriminate against or attack the dignity or human rights of anyone – including lesbian, gay, bi and trans people – are clearly inconsistent with the Olympic Charter and should not be given the honour and privilege of hosting the Olympic Games.”

All Out’s proposal consists of three steps, with the first being an overhaul of the bid process, which would include taking into account the submissions of independent human rights organisations regarding prospective host countries’ human rights records.

The second step calls for specific human rights pledges and a commitment from prospective Host Cities to not introduce laws or policies violating human rights in a Host City contract.

The third step submitted by All Out would see an amendment to Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter to specifically prohibit the discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · IOC · All Out · Olympic Games · Sochi · Russia · Sochi 2014 · Olympic Bidding · Olympic Agenda 2020 ·

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