Brussels, 5th December 2014 – Following the IOC’s (International Olympic Committee) announcement of new standards around Olympics events, Terre des Hommes has joint an Action Alliance Group to call the IOC to prevent human rights abuses and lack of transparency in Mega Sporting Events like the Olympic Games. This call was expressed in a joint letter sent to IOC president Dr. Thomas Bach on the third of December 2014.
On the 8-9th of December, IOC members will meet in Monaco for the Committee’s 127th session, where they will discuss and vote on the new Olympic Agenda 2020 – what the IOC calls ‘a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement’. It includes anti-discrimination measures, labour standards, and proposals to improve transparency and promote good governance.
This alliance composed of NGOs, Unions and Sports Fans call for Mega Sporting Events to be organised in a way that respects human rights – including children’s and labour rights – the environment and anti-corruption requirements at all stages of the process – from bidding, through to the development and delivery phase to final reporting.
It comes after international outrage over the treatment of migrant workers building World Cup 2022 infrastructure in Qatar as well as police violence and forced evictions in Brazil ahead of this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics,two issues explored by Children Win through our two short videos: