Russia changes wording of Olympic Truce to adopt stance of social inclusion
LAST UPDATED // Monday, 16 September 2013 12:27 Written by // Cec Busby
Every two years the United Nations passes the Olympic Truce – a resolution that celebrates the peaceful competition of the Games and is used as a guideline for how the Games should run.
On each occasion the new wording for the Truce is supplied by the upcoming host nation. Russia’s initial draft for the Truce had promised to include 'people of different age, sex, physical capacity, religion, race and social status'.
However given the recent anti gay propaganda laws, Russia’s Olympic Truce drew criticisms from members of the UN for failing to address LGBTI issues in the truce. After negotiation within the UN, Russia was persuaded to change the wording of its Truce to 'promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind'.
Although the Truce did not specifically mention LGBTI, UN representatives felt it was sufficient.
Previously nations have not had to include a message of inclusiveness for LGBTI, but many UN members felt it was necessary given Russia’s anti-gay laws.
- TOPICS: human rights, LGBTI rights, Olympics, Russia, Sochi Olympics, United Nations, United Nations Truce
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