The human rights group said in a statement it had made contact with all but one of the companies, which are part of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Partners programme.
Human Rights Watch also contacted NBC,
A US-based media company whose broadcast rights account for approximately 40% of all IOC revenue, according to a press release.
The only company that responded to the organization is Allianz.
We support the Olympic Movement, and our long-term support for its ideals will not falterThe believer replied.
The Beijing Games begin on February 4.
In its request, Human Rights Watch called on sponsors to be aware of the rights situation in China and to check supply chains and other processes to ensure they are not.
Do not contribute to human rights violations.
With only three months left until the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the companies sponsoring them are silent about how they are exercising their influence to tackle China’s appalling human rights record.said Sophie Richardson, Asia director at Human Rights Watch in China.
The main sponsors, at the time of sending the letter, were Airbnb, Alibaba, Allianz, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Toyota and Visa.
In total, major sponsors donated nearly $1 billion to the IOC during the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle, a number that is expected to double when the full amounts for the 2017-2020 cycle are released. This cycle has been delayed by a year due to the pandemic.
NBC of America represented about 40% of CIO’s revenue during the 2013-2016 cycle.
The human rights group’s statement comes just three days after a global labor group released a scathing report that questioned the merits of holding the Games in China over allegations of genocide and humanitarian crimes that allegedly occurred in Xinjiang, northwest China.
ITUC Report entitled
China: Gold Medal for Repression.
China has repeatedly denied the occurrence of genocide, calling the claim
lie of the century. She said the camps in northwest China are for education, not for the arbitrary detention of one million Uyghur Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities.
For its part, the IOC asserts that its sole objective is sport and that it is not authorized to act in accordance with the policies of a sovereign state. However, the IOC has an observer seat at the United Nations, unlike corporations.
We have a lot of respect for other organizations that have other goalsJuan Antonio Samaranch, the IOC member responsible for preparations for Beijing, said earlier this week in response to the ITUC report.
But we believe our responsibility is what it is: to celebrate the Olympic Games as a celebration of humanity as a whole, despite our differences.
Most of the IOC sponsors joined
United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It establishes the obligation of states and corporations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights and fundamental freedoms.
However, the IOC did not include these guidelines in its contract with the host city of the Beijing Olympics, but added them to the contract for the 2024 Paris Olympics and future games.
When the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the 2008 Summer Olympics, it said the games would improve human rights in China.
The failure of the Chinese authorities to live up to the human rights commitments they made to secure the 2008 Summer Olympics, and their increasing repression since then, clearly shows that one should not expect the government to respect human rights in the 2022 Winter Games.Human Rights Watch document.
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