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10 Dec 2017
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On Human Rights Day, the IOC joins the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Day 2017, 10 December, marks the launch of a year-long campaign  to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will culminate in the actual 70th anniversary celebration of the Declaration on the same day next year.

For the Olympic Movement, this is the time to remind ourselves that the practice of sport is a human right, but without universal access to safe and inclusive practice, sport does not realise its full potential and cannot uphold its values. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind, such as with regard to race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, as the Fundamental Principle of the Olympic Charter states. Likewise, all parties must play their roles in protecting, respecting and upholding the human rights of athletes, workers, communities, young people, fans, volunteers and any person involved in sport. Through collective action, the Olympic Movement can be successful in fighting against violence, discrimination, exclusion and exploitation in sport.

We encourage everyone in the Olympic Movement to join the United Nations’ campaign and “Take Action” in order to promote, engage and reflect on the UDHR and on the protection of human rights in sport. The anniversary is a chance to celebrate the gift of the Universal Declaration and to help reaffirm the enduring human rights principles and standards it has helped establish.

The IOC, as the leader of the Olympic Movement, acknowledges its responsibility to promote and ensure respect for human rights across its operations and cooperates closely with Olympic Games Organising Committees, National Olympic Committees and International Federations to reinforce policies and practices in this field.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected, and has been translated into over 500 languages.

“We need to stand up for our rights and those of others. Each of us can stand up. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.” - #Standup4humanrights

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