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IOC pressured by All Out, U.S. lawmakers to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday came under increased pressure to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination and ensure future host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

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Paralympics chief: No need for human rights assurances from host countries

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia -- Countries bidding to host the Olympics and Paralympics should not be compelled to provide assurances about human rights standards, according to the head of the International Paralympic Committee.

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Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic host countries

| Saturday, February 22, 2014
Darron Cummings, APA fan carries a Russian flag while walking in the Olympic Plaza during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Citing widespread dismay with Russia's anti-gay laws, 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.

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Olympic committee defends Monday’s removal of gay rights activist

| Tuesday, February 18, 2014
David Goldman, APVladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, saying she was “escorted from there peacefully” and not detained.

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UN chief to attend Sochi Olympics, give keynote address at IOC assembly

| Monday, February 3, 2014
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UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will take part in Friday's opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and deliver a keynote address to the International Olympic Committee's general assembly, the first by a U.N. secretary-general, officials said Monday.

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IOC president: Criticism of Russia’s anti-gay law will not detract from Sochi

| Monday, February 3, 2014
David Goldman, APInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, Russia -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach says heavy security and criticism of Russia's anti-gay law will not detract from the Sochi Olympics.

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Sochi organizers back-track on free speech rights of athletes

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia -- A day after the head of the Sochi organizing committee appeared to contradict International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on the rights of Olympic athletes to freely express themselves at news conferences, organizers issued a back-pedaling statement Thursday "to clarify" their position.

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Senior IOC member criticizes U.S. choice of gay athletes for Sochi delegation

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Dominic Favre, Keystone (AP)Mario Pescante
ROME -- A senior Italian member of the International Olympic Committee criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics.

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Olympic Committee President: Russia to set up protest zones in Sochi

| Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Christophe Bott, Keystone/APInternational Olympic Committee, IOC, President German Thomas Bach, attends the opening of the executive board's meeting, at the IOC headquarters, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country's human rights record and a recent law banning gay "propaganda."

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Olympic Committee to remind athletes against protests in Sochi

| Monday, December 9, 2013
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC is finalizing a letter to Olympic athletes reminding them to refrain from demonstrations or political gestures during the Winter Games in Sochi, including any protests against Russia's law banning gay "propaganda."

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