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IOC: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

IOC: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

    1. Anthony Ainsworth
    2. Petition by

      Anthony Ainsworth

      London, United Kingdom

In the wake of international protest and condemnation of Russia's anti-LGBT legislation, the IOC has issued a statement that proactive political demonstrations and political 'propaganda' are in violation of Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter. Athletes and those involved in the Games are therefore at risk of being penalised or punished for any show of support for those suffering persecution under Russia's laws. We ask that the IOC consider its stance carefully and recognise its responsibility to uphold all the historic values and rules of its Charter, especially the Fundamental Principles of Olympism which call for 'mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship' and in Principle 6 declare 'any form of discrimination' as 'incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement'.

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    1. Rainbow nail varnish could get Swedish athlete imprisoned

      Anthony Ainsworth
      Petition Organizer
      Gay nail varnish could get Swedish athlete imprisoned

      Banned at the Olympics Such nail polish at the Winter Olympics could result in sanctions or even disqualification under regulations from International Olympic Committee that forbid the expression of political opinions in the stadium, or ski slope.

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. Teenager kidnapped and tortured by Russian homophobes

      Anthony Ainsworth
      Petition Organizer
      Gay teenager kidnapped and tortured by Russian homophobes claimed to have died from injuries

      The gay teenager who was kidnapped and tortured by Russian neo-Nazis has died from his injuries it has been claimed. Spectrum Human Rights reports that the gay teenager kidnapped, tortured and forced to come out to his parents has died from his injuries caused by the attack.

    4. Time for courage!

      Anthony Ainsworth
      Petition Organizer
      I came out because gay people in Russia are suffering - it's time for courage

      Vlad Tornovy was murdered in Volgograd, the town where the course of the second world war was reversed 70 years ago. The suspects lived in the same block of flats as the 22-year-old. When questioned, one of them said the young man was killed for being gay.

    5. Olympic Committee threatens to punish athletes who fight for gay Russians

      Anthony Ainsworth
      Petition Organizer
      Olympic Committee threatens to punish athletes who fight for gay Russians

      The International Olympic Committee will likely stop any athlete who shows solidarity for LGBT Russians at the Sochi Games, GSN can reveal. Gay Star News asked the global Olympic bosses what they were planning to do to 'make sure the LGBT community in Russia can have a visible, proud, safe presence at the games'.

    6. Russia will enforce anti-gay propaganda law during 2014 Sochi Games

      Anthony Ainsworth
      Petition Organizer
      Russia will enforce anti-gay propaganda law during 2014 Sochi Games

      Russian officials made clear Monday that they have no plans to suspend their anti-gay propaganda laws for the duration of the Olympics when they are held in Sochi in February 2014. The International Olympic Committee had asked for written clarification on the law and how it might impact athletes and spectators during the Olympics.

    7. IOC Forbids Athletes to Speak Against Russian Antigay Laws

      Anthony Ainsworth
      Petition Organizer
      International Olympic Committee Forbids Athletes to Speak Against Russian Antigay Laws

      The International Olympic Committee says it plans to stop any athlete from showing support of LGBT Russians at the Sochi Winter Games, reports Gay Star News . However, the IOC claims this isn't due to Russia's recently passed antigay laws banning so-called "homosexual propaganda," but an enforcement of the rules that govern the Olympics.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 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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    • Lars Lindén LöNASHULT, SWEDEN
      • 11 months ago

      ALL human beings should be treated with respect!

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    • Simon Lindén VäXJö, SWEDEN
      • 11 months ago

      Everybody has their own right

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    • Christoffer Linden STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
      • 11 months ago

      People shall not be put in prison cause of love!

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    • Richard Palmer LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Totally against the principles of The Olympic Movement - shameful!

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