House: No Olympic Games in Countries Violating Human Rights
THE HAGUE, 19/11/13 - The Lower House wants it to be impossible for the Olympic Games to be held again in countries where human rights are violated. A majority has called on the cabinet to urge this at the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Centre-left D66 wants Sports Minister Edith Schippers to put pressure on Dutch sports umbrella organisation NOC-NSF to include human rights in the selection criteria for the assignment of events. D66 MP Pia Dijkstra received support on Monday from parties including Labour (PvdA), conservatives (VVD) and the Socialist Party (SP).
The call was prompted by the anti-homosexual law in Russia, where the Winter Games are to be held next winter. It is aimed not only at the IOC, but also organisations like FIFA, which organises the football world championships.