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IOC president urged to make Principle 6 of Olympic Charter binding

in UNITED STATES, 27/02/2014

LGBT activists are calling on the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure that following the Olympic Charter's principle of non-discrimination, Principle 6, becomes a requirement for future Olympic hosts.

All Out, Athlete Ally and former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis are calling on the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure that following the Olympic Charter’s principle of non-discrimination, Principle 6, becomes a requirement for future Olympic hosts.

Both organizations are calling on the IOC to:

Overhaul the application process to ensure host cities do not have discriminatory laws, including anti-gay laws.
Require selected host countries to agree not to introduce new discriminatory laws if they win the Games.
Consider submissions from human rights organisations as a vital part of the application process.

“IOC President Thomas Bach must learn the lesson from the anti-gay fiasco in Russia and ensure this never happens again. We are calling on Bach to make upholding the Olympic Principle of non-discrimination a binding condition for all future Olympic host applications,” said Andre Banks, co-founder and executive director of All Out, the international organization which has mobilized 1.9 million members and their social networks since 2011 to stop anti-gay laws in Russia. “Already Ukraine, where 4 anti-gay laws have been proposed in Parliament is in the running to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.”

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