19 August 2013 ~ 0 Comentarios

Liberal International Insists Russia and International Olympic Committee Must Not Bully LGBTI Campaigners

by Liberal International
London, 19 August 2013

Liberal International

Liberal International has launched a global campaign calling on governments participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics to show solidarity with LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) persons in the host country, Russia

Responding to threats from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which indicated that athletes who show support for the LGBTI campaign in Russia will be punished, Chair of Liberal International’s Human Rights Committee, Abir Al-Sahlani MP, said:

“We are committed to making sure that the fundamental principles of the Olympics are followed throughout the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.”

Commenting on the launch of LI’s campaign, which calls upon the National Olympic Committees to carry the rainbow flag and encourage athletes to wear rainbow pins, Chair of Liberal International’s LGBTI working group, Frank Van Dalen, said:

“Instead of showing solidarity with the LGBTI people in Russia, the IOC has taken a seat at Putin’s table. Liberal International calls upon all participating governments to join forces and act together.”

In a separate letter, Liberal International has called on the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, to reconsider his position on punishing athletes who support LGBTI persons living in Russia – a direct violation of articles 2 and 6 of the Olympic Charter.

Note for the Editors:

Letters have been sent out to the National Olympic Committees of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States of America

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Liberal International (LI) is the world federation of over 100 liberal and progressive democratic political parties. LI was founded in 1947 to strengthen liberal protection from totalitarianism and communism. The founding “Oxford Manifesto” is widely considered as one of the most important political documents of the 20th century. It has since become the pre-eminent network for promoting liberalism, individual freedom, human rights, the rule of law, tolerance, equality of opportunity, social justice, free trade and a market economy.  

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