Coalition asks IOC to ensure that human rights are protected by future Olympic hosts

A coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

The coalition — including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Human Rights Campaign — made the demands in a joint letter to IOC President Thomas Bach as the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, neared their close. Activists in Russia and abroad have tried to use the games to draw attention to the Russian law banning so-called gay "propaganda," which they say deters a wide range of gay-rights activities.

In their letter to Bach, the groups say future contracts between the IOC and host cities should include specific human rights pledges and a commitment not to introduce laws or policies before the Olympics that would violate human rights.

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