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IOC’s Coates rules out pressuring China over human rights

MELBOURNE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not going to stress 2022 Winter Olympics hosts China over its human rights report as a result of it isn’t within the governing physique’s remit to dictate to sovereign nations, IOC Vice-President John Coates mentioned on Wednesday.

Rights teams and U.S. lawmakers have referred to as on the IOC to postpone subsequent 12 months’s Beijing Games and relocate the occasion until China ends what the United States deems ongoing genocide towards Uyghurs and different Muslim minority teams. learn extra

Chinese authorities have been accused of facilitating compelled labour by detaining round one million Uyghurs and different primarily Muslim minorities in camps since 2016.

China denies wrongdoing, saying it has arrange vocational coaching centres to fight extremism.

Coates mentioned the IOC’s human rights remit solely lined the “Olympic movement” and the National Olympic Committees inside it.

“The IOC does place a very high emphasis on human rights,” Coates instructed reporters at a media convention.

“I know it’s a very important part of the fundamental principles of Olympism, the fundamental principles set out in the Olympic charter.

“But the IOC just isn’t — the IOC’s remit is to make sure that there isn’t a human rights abuses in respect of the conduct of the Games throughout the National Olympic Committees or throughout the Olympic motion.

“We have no ability to go into a country and tell them what to do. All we can do is to award the Olympics to a country, under conditions set out in a host contract … and then ensure they are followed.”

Coates was requested why the IOC would intervene in Afghanistan, the place the Games usually are not being held, however not take a stand in nations the place they’re.

The IOC mentioned final month it had helped round 100 members of the “Olympic community” in Afghanistan to go away the nation on humanitarian visas after the Taliban took management. learn extra

“The work the IOC is doing is to protect the Olympians and those involved in the Olympic moments, those who comprise the sports federation in Afghanistan,” he mentioned.

“That’s within our remit. The situations that you have referred to, the humanitarian ones in China, is not within our remit.”

Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford

IOC Vice President John Coates attends a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach and Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto at the Tokyo 2020 Headquarters on July 13, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Takashi Aoyama/Pool via REUTERS

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