Date: 12 February 2014
The2014 Winter Olympicscommenced in Sochi, Russia this week. However the event is not without controversy. Many people will have seen the BBC Panorama episode'Putin's Games'last week investigating alleged human rights violations connected to the hosting of the XXII Winter Olympiad. What will have been shocking to some is the hugely negative impact a mega event such as the Olympics can have on the local environment and people. The International Olympic Committee's bindingOlympic Charter2013 includesThe Fundamental Principles of Olympism, which provide that:
'Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.'
These are admirable principles to hold. However the reality of the preparations for these games has resulted in actions by the Russian authorities and businesses that have been far from ethical, and which are threatening to human dignity.
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Associated staff: Amanda Cahill-Ripley
Associated departments and research centres: Law
Keywords: Human rights, Human rights obligation, International human rights law, Violations of human rights