Stand with the LGBTIQ Community and Boycott Sochi 2014
  • Petitioned Canadian Olympic Committee

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Canadian Olympic Committee
President, COC
Marcel Aubut
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator
Luc Beaudin
Media Relations Manager
Jane Almeida
Executive Director, Communications
Dimitri Soudas

Stand with the LGBTIQ Community and Boycott Sochi 2014

    1. David O'Garr
    2. Petition by

      David O'Garr

      Hamilton, Canada

As Canadian citizens we enjoy a quality of life that few other places in the world can appreciate. This is our privilege, and one of the many reasons that a life in Canada is so coveted; we enjoy many rights and freedoms that are easy to take for granted. Canada has been a world leader when it has come to advancing not only human rights in general, but more specifically the rights of the LGBTIQ community.  

The Winter Olympics has always been Canada’s time to shine. We all get excited when we watch Canada compete on a world stage in the sports we excel at best.  They are a great teaching tool to teach kids about different nations and cultures, and there’s always a special thrill of excitement and national pride when the games come. 

Russia, the next site for the Olympic Winter Games in 2014, is committing some horrible human rights violations. We cannot turn a blind eye to the plight of not only Russian citizens, but those citizens of other nations that are endangered by the anti-LGBT laws that have been created in this part of the world. We need to stand up and put pressure on them to change. 

Calling for the Canadian Olympic Committee to withdraw the team from competition, and boycott Sochi 2014 is not intended to punish the Canadian athletes who have worked hard for this opportunity. It is our hope that Canadian Olympians will stand with us and speak out against these violations, and let the world know that we cannot in good conscience participate in these games if Russia insists on oppressing its citizens.

That is not the Canadian way.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. New Exposure.

      David O'Garr
      Petition Organizer
      Hamilton man petitions to boycott Sochi games

      A Hamilton man has started a petition encouraging Canada to boycott the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi because of Russia's new law banning homosexuality. David O'Garr, a downtown resident, has gathered about 600 names so far. By late August, he hopes to send the petition to the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) encouraging them to boycott for "horrible human rights violations."

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. You can now follow us on twitter!

      David O'Garr
      Petition Organizer

      Boycott Sochi 2014 (bcottsochi14CAN) on Twitter

      The latest from Boycott Sochi 2014 (@bcottsochi14CAN). Asking the Canadian Olympic Committee to stand with us for human rights and boycott Sochi 2014. #BoycottRussianOlympics #boycottSochi2014 #CanQueer #LGBTPoli. Canada

    5. Digital Journal Article

      David O'Garr
      Petition Organizer

      Was asked a few questions in regards to this last night, hope I spoke well enough.

      Canadians asking Olympics Committee to boycott Russia (Includes interview)

      Following the persecution of homosexuals in Russia, thousands of people worldwide have banded together to protest, each in their own ways. In Canada, a petition to its Olympics Committee to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has come out. The petition which is still in its infancy has slowly gained traction.

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Disturbing News Indeed

      David O'Garr
      Petition Organizer

      Russian extremists using social media to target, attack LGBT youth

      KAMENSK-URAL, Russia - A network of loosely organized groups of Russian ultra-nationalists are targeting LGBT youth for bullying and assault by creating fake social media profiles and gay personals to attract unsuspecting victims. Members of the the groups use the popular European social media site VK.com to lure victims to meeting places, where they are then harassed, brutally beaten, humiliated and forced to perform sexual acts with inanimate objects.

    8. Story on Global News

      David O'Garr
      Petition Organizer

      Could gay Canadians - and their supporters - be arrested at Sochi Olympics?

      Riot police (OMON) officers detain gay rights activists during their authorized rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 29, 2013. AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky OTTAWA - Gay Canadians heading to the 2014 Winter Games in Russia - or anyone demonstrating support for equal rights while there - could be fined, detained or deported.

    9. Reached 100 signatures
    10. Facebook Page!

      David O'Garr
      Petition Organizer

      Created a facebook page so you can be kept posted on all the developments on your facebook feed.

      Canadians Asking for a Boycott of Sochi 2014

      Russia's new Anti-Gay laws are a step backwards for human rights in our world, and they go against...

    11. Gay athlete plans to wear rainbow pin to Sochi Olympics in Russia

      David O'Garr
      Petition Organizer

      Andrea Houston of Daily Xtra explores the pros and cons of a proposed boycott of the games. Definitely worth the read.

      Gay athlete plans to wear rainbow pin to Sochi Olympics in Russia

      Russian activists call for a complete boycott of the games

    12. Reached 25 signatures

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    • mike Malette KITCHENER, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Because it's wrong

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      Lesbian and gay rights are human rights!

      Back in December 2011,the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a landmark report identifying that violence against LGBT people “tends to be especially vicious compared to other bias-motivated crimes.” It said that states have an “obligation to exercise due diligence” to investigate and prosecute such crimes.

      Thailand is a country often assumed to be LGBT friendly because of the tolerance that is part of Thai Buddhism, but human rights advocates are protesting a pattern of killings of lesbians and ‘tomboys.’ ‘Tom’ is a specifically Thai gender identity where lesbian women dress, act and speak in a masculine fashion.

      Most of the killings have been dismissed by police as “love gone sour” or the fault of the victims.

      They have verified information in 15 murder cases over the last few years, the youngest of whom was 17. In addition to being stabbed multiple times, suffocated, strangled, or shot to death, many of the lesbians and toms had also been raped. In two cases of double homicides, lesbian couples were killed by men who objected to their relationship and felt rebuffed when their attempts at coercing one partner into a heterosexual relationship failed.

      24-year-old Nurisan Chedurame was described as a tomboy by those who knew her and in the media. Last December, she was found dead near her village’s garbage dump with her head smashed in. A three-inch club was found at the crime scene. Relatives said that Nurisan had not returned from being out with friends the night before. Thai media quote police as suspecting she was killed because “she was involved with women.”

      Also in December, the body of 25-year-old tomboy Kanchana Changkwian was found two months after she went missing. In that case, police speculated that she had been raped and murdered “for becoming involved with a married woman.”

      In another case from last year a ‘tom’ (who is not named in reports) was murdered by her girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Parents and relatives of the girlfriend (also not named) had opposed the relationship, and despite threats against the tom, had failed to stop the couple from continuing to see each other. The mother of the girlfriend engineered the murder of the tom and promised to marry off her daughter to the ex-boyfriend who committed the murder.

      Most of the verified cases have not been properly investigated because of a failure to recognize possible hate crime motives.

      Said Grace Poore, of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC):

      “The killing and rapes of lesbians and toms represents a callous disregard for humanity. The failure of the Thai government to prevent or properly investigate these killings are not only appalling, they are evidence of poor governance and blatant violation of international human rights law.”

      IGLHRC and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have written to the Thai government demanding that this pattern of killings be investigated. The letter also makes a series of recommendations that authorities work with local human rights groups to ensure that LGBT people enjoy the protections they have under Thai law and that they educate both law enforcement and the Thai public about those protections.

      Thailand has signed a number of international treaties that guarantee respect for human rights, and it was one of the countries which supported the process at the United Nations, led by South Africa, which has resulted in the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report.

      Australian police have released a shocking X-ray photo showing the skull of a murdered Chinese immigrant shot 34 times in the head and neck with a high-power nail gun.

      The body of gay Chen Liu, 27, was found 2008 by two children in marshland in south Sydney, wrapped in a carpet and bound with electrical wire.Detectives said the weapon used was a standard gas nail gun widely available and used in construction, firing nails up to 85mm (3.3 inches) long.

      “In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford said.

      “It’s a particularly brutal and vicious murder and hence the reason we are seeking information from the public.”

      Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

      Police appealed to the public for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.

      Police have yet to say whether they’ve identified any suspects.

      The 34 nails were found during a post-mortem examination of Liu’s body, and were located mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close range, Beresford said. Police have not recovered the weapon.

      “We certainly believe the nail gun is responsible for the death – there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

      Police believe he was killed 12 days before his corpse was discovered.

      Police are investigating associates of Liu, who also went by the name Anthony Liu, but said they have no evidence to suggest he was linked to any criminal group. They refused to say whether they’ve identified any suspects or persons of interest.

      Liu arrived in the city of Melbourne on a student visa from China in early 2000 and moved to Sydney, where he married for a short time and separated, police said. They declined to release any additional information about him, including whether any of his family members are living in Australia.

      “In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford said.

      “It’s a particularly brutal and vicious murder and hence the reason we are seeking information from the public.”

      Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

      Police appealed to the public for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.

      Police have yet to say whether they’ve identified any suspects.

      The 34 nails were found during a post-mortem examination of Liu’s body, and were located mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close range, Beresford said. Police have not recovered the weapon.

      “We certainly believe the nail gun is responsible for the death – there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

      Police believe he was killed 12 days before his corpse was discovered.

      Police are investigating associates of Liu, who also went by the name Anthony Liu, but said they have no evidence to suggest he was linked to any criminal group. They refused to say whether they’ve identified any suspects or persons of interest.

      Liu arrived in the city of Melbourne on a student visa from China in early 2000 and moved to Sydney, where he married for a short time and separated, police said. They declined to release any additional information about him, including whether any of his family members are living in Australia.

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    • olivia adames KERRVILLE, TX
      • 11 months ago

      Everyone deserves to know they matter and are loved.

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    • Robert Moulton BEACHBURG, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      basic human rights are being violated. if Russia had passed the same laws based on race or religion instead of sexual orientation there would be far louder cries of outrage. we as Canadians are the most understanding, compassionate people in the world, or at least we are supposed to be. anything less than a boycott will bring shame to all of us.

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    • Susan Lowe ST. ALBERT, AB, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Human Rights

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