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September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Raising new concerns that protests over Russia’s new anti-gay laws could overshadow coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the gay rights organization Human Rights Campaign on Thursday condemned the conclusion by the International Olympic Committee that the laws do not violate the Olympic Charter’s anti-discrimination clause. Earlier in the day, Jean-Claude Killy, the French skiing legend and chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, said that after several days of debate, the IOC concluded that it “doesn’t have the right to discuss the laws that are in place in the country hosting the games.” However, HRC President Chad Griffin issued a statement saying, “If this law doesn’t violate the IOC’s charter, then the charter is completely meaningless.” He pointed out that only the day before, ten gay-rights activists had been arrested outside the Sochi Olympics headquarters for protesting the law. The arrests were widely covered by international TV news crews.