South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

Published in The Times of India on Oct. 24 ::

Human Rights Watch has heaped unusual praise on the International Olympic Committee for including human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, saying other organisations should follow suit.

The IOC has for years been criticised by human rights groups including HRW, especially after awarding the Olympic Games to China’s Beijing in 2008 and Russia’s Sochi in 2014.

The latter Games were also tarnished by a Russian anti-gay propaganda law that opponents said curtailed the rights of homosexuals in the country.