The United Nations recognition of LGBTI equality at next year’s South Korea Olympic Winter Games will remain in place despite Egyptian and Russian attempts to water down the policy.
All 193 United Nations member states have now adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution that includes a reference to the anti-discrimination clause of the Olympic Charter, also known as Principle 6.
First included in 2014 by the International Olympic Committee, Principle 6 now also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The UN Truce, which is negotiated every two years ahead of the Olympics, encourages and promotes “civility among nations” during the Olympics.
The amended Truce which protects one from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was this year under attack, with Russia and Egypt attempting to remove the reference to LGBTI people in the Truce. These efforts were, however, unsuccessful due to cross-regional support.
“While Egypt and Russia tried to export and sanction discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual Olympians, they failed,” Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International explained.
“States decided to send a clear message that there is no place for discrimination at the Olympics. We’re thankful for civil society and for the mobilisation that took place to ensure that reference to Principle 6 stayed in the Truce. Today, we were victorious.”
Hudson Taylor, who is the Founder and Executive Director of LGBT sports rights group Athlete Ally, was pleased with the decision saying, “The decision to keep an explicit reference of Principle 6 within the Olympic Truce Resolution is an important step for the full dignity and protection of the LGBTQ community around the world.”
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