Ioc: Russia Won’t Discriminate Against Gays In Sochi

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Another thing I must add: the IOC doesn’t really have the right to discuss the laws in the country where the Olympic Games are organized. As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied, and that is the case.” Russian officials insist the law is designed to protect children and doesn’t infringe on the rights of gays. “Regarding this law, if people of traditional sexual orientation spread propaganda of non-traditional sex to children, then they will also be held accountable,” said Dmitry Kozak, a deputy prime minister in charge of overseeing preparations for the Sochi Olympics. “So there is simply no need to talk about discrimination.” The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the U.S., condemned the IOC’s assessment of the Russian law. “If this law doesn’t violate the IOC’s charter, then the charter is completely meaningless,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement. “The safety of millions of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Russians and international travelers is at risk, and by all accounts the IOC has completed neglected its responsibility to Olympic athletes, sponsors and fans from around the world.” He noted that Killy spoke a day after gay rights activists were arrested outside the Moscow headquarters of the Sochi Olympics organizing committee for protesting the law. In Strasbourg, France, a leading European human rights watchdog that counts Russia among its 47 member states said the law “raises serious issues” under its 60-year-old human rights convention. The Council of Europe’s committee of ministers released a statement Thursday that “invited” Russian authorities to take measures to raise awareness about the fundamental rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Russia was urged to submit a plan toward that end as soon as possible. President Vladimir Putin signed the ban on propaganda into law in late June. In August, he signed an additional decree banning all demonstrations and rallies in Sochi for two and a half months around the time of the games, a measure seen as intended to thwart protests by gay rights activists. Killy said the IOC commission was pleased with the ongoing construction ahead of the games, which with a total cost of $51 billion will be the most expensive Olympics in history. Much of the city still looks like an enormous building site, with unfinished hotels and debris from construction scattered across the Black Sea coast, but the Olympic venues are impressive. The coastal venues, where the skating events will take place, are sprawled like beached metallic whales across what used to be a residential coastline.

The 12 containers are coming from the French nuclear treating facility of La Hague. Militants of the French anti-nuclear network Sortir du Nucleaire (Exit Nuclear) demonstrate on a Brittany beach, July 18, 2004 in Carnac, against the European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR) project. Five Greenpeace activists climb the rocks above the Mirabeau Tunnel to protest the transport of weapons-grade plutonium, which will travel through the tunnel on its way to Cadarache north of Marseille, Oct. 7, 2004. A lorry carrying a shipment of plutonium from U.S. weapons arsenals was being escorted through France en route to a reprocessing plant in the southwestern town of Cadarache. A Greenpeace activist remains attached to the anchor chain of cargo ship Global Wind, May 3, 2004, anchored offshore 40 kms from the port of Paranagua, southern Brazil. The activists try to prevent the ship, which set sail from Argentina with a load of 30,000 tons of transgenic soy and is expected to complete her cargo in Brazil, from continuing navigation to Paranagua. Curitiba, 3/05/2004. Ativista do Greenpeace acorrentado na ancora do Navio Global Wind, procedente da Argentina com 30mil ton. de soja transgenica, a 40 km do porto de Paranagua/ foto: Orlando Kissner.