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.
Following today’s announcement of the $380 million settlement between USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and hundreds of survivors, The Army of Survivors has issued the following statement. As a non-profit organization founded by survivors of Larry Nassar, we are pleased that this long and dark chapter has come to an end, and […]
Sport & Rights Alliance Calls on the IOC To Put People Before Partnerships (Nyon, Switzerland, December 1, 2021) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should immediately stop supporting China’s strategy of suppression and start prioritizing protecting athletes and upholding its human rights obligations, the Sport & Rights Alliance said today. The process of developing an […]
The Army of Survivors would like to extend support to Chinese tennis Olympian Peng Shuai, who recently went missing after publicly stating she was sexually assaulted by former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. We are pleased to see Peng alive this weekend in a video call with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, though we are not yet […]
In the wake of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s call with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, the World Players Association has released the following statement: The World Players Association repeats its call for the urgent establishment of a special delegation of international organizations and human rights experts to meet with Peng Shuai in order […]
The global player association movement is deeply concerned for the health and safety of Peng Shuai. Players who speak out are frequently targeted and left exposed to harm and abuse without protection or support, and that must end. The global sport community including the International Olympic Committee has a responsibility to exercise its significant leverage […]
Olympic Committee’s Call with Chinese Tennis Star Disregards Safety Concerns (New York) – The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) collaboration with Chinese authorities on tennis star Peng Shuai’s reappearance undermines its expressed commitment to human rights, including the rights and safety of athletes, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 21, 2021, the IOC said in a statement that its […]