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.

Japan: Establish Safe Sport Center

Protect All Athletes as a Legacy of Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics (Tokyo) – The Japan Sports Agency and Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games should establish an independent national body to address the abuse of athletes in Japan, six Japanese and international nongovernmental organizations said today. Japan Safe Sport Joint Letter October 12, 2021 […]

US Paralympian Compelled to Withdraw from Tokyo Games

Sports Federations Need to Ensure Reasonable Accommodation for All Athletes The Tokyo Paralympic Games begin this week with thousands of Paralympic athletes from around the world competing in 539 events in 22 sports. Sadly, one athlete who had earned a place on the United States team won’t be there. Rebecca Meyers, 26, a Paralympic World Record holder who competed […]

Higher, Faster — Harsher: The Olympics Head to Beijing

The Chinese Government’s Human Rights Record is Abysmal As the Summer Olympics in Tokyo wrap up, eyes are turning to the February 2022 winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, China – a country in the midst of its worst human rights crackdown sincethe Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. The Chinese government is persecuting millions of Uyghurs […]

Belarus Athlete’s Plight Spotlights Olympic Failure

International Olympic Committee Should Adopt Human Rights Policy On Sunday, Belarusian track and field athlete Krystsina Timanovskaya refused to let government authorities forcibly return her to Belarus from the Olympics, seeking instead protection at Tokyo’s international airport.  She has since reportedly been offered asylum in Poland. Timanovskaya, a 200-meter sprinter, said she feared for her safety […]

Belarus: Once a Showcase of the Country’s Success, Sport is Now a Battleground for Reprisals

Once national heroes, many Belarusian athletes have sacrificed their careers and their freedom by daring to speak out against human rights violations in their country, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing, part of the organization’s #StandWithBelarus campaign. Earlier today Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya asked for asylum at the Polish embassy in Tokyo after the Belarusian authorities tried to forcibly return her to […]

Japan: Olympics Should Benefit Human Rights

Address Abuse of Child Athletes, LGBT Discrimination, Gender Gap (Tokyo) – Japan should address serious rights issues in the country as host of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Human Rights Watch said today in a new reporters’ guide. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, which start on July 23, 2021, are advertised as celebrating “unity in diversity” and […]