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Human rights groups attack IOC on host city contract

Human rights groups attack IOC on 2024 host city contract; IOC says rights protection covered

Human rights groups attack IOC on host city contract

LONDON (AP) -- Human rights groups have accused the IOC of failing to include explicit requirements on human rights in the host city contract for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Amnesty International issued a statement Thursday on behalf of the "Sport and Rights Alliance" that also includes Transparency International Germany and the International Trade Union Confederation.

Eduard Nazarski, director of Amnesty International Netherlands, says it is "astonishing" that the International Olympic Committee omitted explicit references to human rights in the contract.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the committee is "surprised" by the criticism and that changes to the contract were welcomed by the alliance at the time. He says the contract does "explicitly" include references to gay rights, workers' rights and freedom of the press during the games.