The Olympic Games

Due to delays from the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics & Paralympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics & Paralympics were held within just six months of each other. Top of mind at Tokyo 2020 were LGBTI rights and the physical and sexual abuse of child athletes in Japan, as well as health and wellbeing given the threat of coronavirus and strict testing and isolation measures. At Beijing 2022, all eyes turned toward freedom of expression, privacy, media rights, labor standards, and crimes against humanity, given China’s disastrous human rights record. Now, we continue pressing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to develop a human rights strategic framework in close consultation with affected stakeholders’ representatives and look toward further advocacy and engagement around Paris 2024.

Learn more about our campaigns and advocacy below.

Peng Shuai: International Olympic Committee should center its responsibility to protect athletes

(Nyon, Switzerland, January 31, 2022) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach first spoke with Chinese tennis player and three-time Olympian Peng Shuai at a time when no one outside China had been able to make contact. Unfortunately, the danger of her situation has been downplayed, and Bach did not mention Peng’s allegations of […]

Free the Five this Olympics and Champion Freedom of Expression in China

This campaign is now closed. Thank you to the thousands of you who spoke up in support of freedom of expression in China. When we all act together we can’t be ignored. The Chinese government is using the Beijing Olympics to improve its global image and hide its human rights abuses. Right now, people are […]

New Year’s Revolution: Why 2022 will be a Wake-up Call for the World of Sport

The year 2022 will bring not one, not two, but three mega-sporting events in countries with problematic human rights records: the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar. The idea that sport can and should remain politically […]

China: World must use Winter Olympics to demand human rights improvements

Games take place amid worsening human rights situation International community must not be complicit in sportswashing exercise IOC should better protect athletes’ rights following Peng Shuai case The world must use the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics as an opportunity to push for human rights improvements in China, Amnesty International said ahead of next month’s […]

Journalists at the Beijing Winter Olympics may test China’s tolerance for critical coverage

Can China and the International Olympic Committee maintain a “bubble” of total press freedom inside China’s vast sea of repression? That’s the question facing thousands of journalists as they arrive in the coming weeks to cover the Beijing Winter Olympics, which kick off on February 4. (CPJ’s safety advisory for those attending addresses coronavirus restrictions and […]

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the Beijing Olympic Winter Games 2022

The Olympic Winter Games take place in Beijing, China from February 4-20, 2022. Journalists covering the event are likely to face a range of challenges from coronavirus restrictions to digital surveillance. The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed concern about the ability of the press to work freely during the event. China has been the world’s worst jailer of […]