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IOC new host contract is gold medal for human rights: HRW (Reuters)

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu province August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

BERLIN (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch has heaped unusual praise on the International Olympic Committee for including human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, saying other organizations should follow suit. The IOC has for years been criticized by human rights groups including HRW, especially after awarding the Olympic Games to China's Beijing in 2008 and Russia's Sochi in 2014. The latter Games were also tarnished by a Russian anti-gay propaganda law that opponents said curtailed the rights of homosexuals in the country. ...


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