The Olympic Games

The upcoming Olympic Games in 2021 and 2022 each have a unique set of human rights risks and opportunities. Top of mind in Tokyo are LGBTI rights, health risks, and physical and sexual abuse of children. Beijing brings a host of issues with freedom of expression, privacy, media rights, labor standards, and crimes against humanity.

Take a look at our latest research and analysis to learn how the SRA and its partners are making a difference.

Letter: Adoption of an 8th Fundamental Principle of Olympism on Human Rights

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has now had more than four years to fully assess and understand its corporate responsibility to respect human rights in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). It is well past time for the IOC to commit to upholding respect for human rights and now implement this responsibility throughout the IOC’s entire enterprise and supply chain.

Letter to the IOC: Adobe an Eighth Fundamental Principle of Olympism

As we’ve seen time and time again over this last year through cases of unimaginable abuse, gender and racial discrimination, silencing of athlete voices, threats to athlete safety and wellbeing, and restrictions on athletes’ ability to make a living – the ever changing and often arbitrary rules of sport continue to supersede the rights of athletes. Until the IOC places a priority on human rights within its policy framework and above all else, its Olympic Charter, this will continue to be the case.

Letter: International Olympic Committee “Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration”

Dr. Thomas BachPresidentInternational Olympic CommitteeAv Général-Guisan 701009 PullySwitzerland October 2, 2018 Dear President Bach, It has come to our attention that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) may adopt the now titled “The Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration (Athletes’ Declaration)” this week at the 133rd IOC Session in Buenos Aires. While we support the intent of […]

Letter to IOC President Bach: Athlete rights are human rights

Dr. Thomas Bach President IOCAv Général-Guisan70 1009 PullySwitzerland cc. Kit McConnellIOC Sports DirectorSwitzerland cc. Kirsty CoventryChair of the IOC Athletes CommissionZimbabwe cc. Sarah WalkerIOC Athletes Commission member and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Athletes Charter of Rights and ResponsibilitiesNew Zealand Dear President Bach, When the Sport and Rights Alliance last met with you […]

Olympics: Revised Host City Contract to Include Human Rights

The move by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to incorporate human rights principles in its Host City Contract in accordance with recommendations made by a coalition of rights, athletes’ and transparency organisations could help prevent major abuses by future Olympic hosts, the Sports and Rights Alliance said today. The revised Host City Contract was finalised […]

Requirements for Human Rights, Labour Rights, Anti-Corruption and Stakeholder Involvement for Olympic and Paralympic Games

Policies and practices adopted by the IOC have the potential to prevent, mitigate, report on and respond appropriately to the full spectrum of human rights and good governance risks posed before, during and after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.