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International Olympic Committee approves landmark framework on human rights


Following the approval of the Strategic Framework on Human Rights by the IOC Executive Board (EB), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Framework will materially shape the practices followed by the IOC, the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, and ensure that human rights are respected and followed within their respective remits.

International Olympic Committee approves landmark framework on human rights
As owner of the Olympic Games, and as leader of the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Agenda 2020+5, the IOC Human Rights Strategic Framework contains and provides specific action plans for each of the IOC's three areas of action.

This new and improved approach provides insights into IOC management and supply chain, processes and decisions related to the selection and implementation of future Olympic Games hosts, athletes and the provision of safe and inclusive sports. 

This structure builds on the work that was done in recent years by the IOC to address human rights issues under its responsibility and on recent expert recommendations. It is based on the basic principles presented at the 139th IOC meeting on 4 May 2022. 

"The umbrella mission of the Olympic movement is to contribute to the world through sport. Human rights are firmly enshrined in the Olympic Charter. We will further strengthen this in the future. It is our mission to make sport serve humanity," said IOC President Thomas Bach. "It is closely related to human rights." He continued: “I would like to thank Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein and Rachel Davies for their hard work. They laid the foundation for this strategic human rights framework for the Olympic Movement."

Welcoming the IOC's announcement, Prince Zaid and Rachel Davies said, ”This is an important step for the organization and sets an important precedent for the organization of all sports in the Olympic Movement. As organizations evolve, new approaches will be needed to effectively address the worst harms facing athletes today, including the need for greater access to bullying and harassment, voice and advocacy, and legal remedies based on their point of view. are directly affected. We look forward to working with other stakeholders to support the IOC in fulfilling its responsibility to respect human rights in the field.”

By adopting the human rights strategic framework, the IOC ensures that human rights are implemented and preserved at the basis of their activities, in accordance with international agreements and standards within their jurisdiction. To achieve this, the CIO has defined the strategic intent for 2030 for each responsibility.

• The IOC as an organization: The IOC continues to promote respect for human rights through improved policies and practices in all its activities.

• IOC hosting the Olympic Games: The IOC, within the competence and specific requirements of the Organizing Committee, collaborates with the Organizing Committee to promote best human rights practices in the organization and execution of the Olympic Games and in the selection of future Olympic Games Organizing Committees . Requirements and support. • IOC, a leader in the Olympic movement: The IOC encourages the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and the International Federation (IF) to take active action on human rights issues.

All three strategic intentions will be implemented in accordance with the UNGP, the reference standard for the IOC's Strategic Human Rights Framework. 

These are various interested parties of the Olympic movement, including sports plains and Olympic partners, such as Olympic hosting partners, COI suppliers and commercial contracts.
In March 2021, the IOC had also established the Department of Human Rights and had published the IOC Framework on Gender Identity and Transgender Equality, Inclusion and Discrimination in November 2021.