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Unformatted text preview: I nternational Oly mpic Committee ultimately interv ened with the authorities on the case,
putting forward questions and collecting official responses. But it hasn't stood up for the Oly mpic
charter's guarantee of "human dignity ." I nstead of insisting that the authorities honor
requirements of compensation, the I OC watched from the sidelines as T atiana's family got
trounced in a game in which no rules applied.
I t's not too late for leaders in Lausanne to press the authorities to giv e the family the
compensation they deserv e. And it is cases like T atiana's that highlight the pressing need for the
I OC to find a comprehensiv e way to prev ent and remedy abuses taking place in the contex t of
Oly mpic preparations.
As part of the process for awarding any games, the bidding countries should hav e to prov e that
there is in place a sound, legally enforceable mechanism to protect the human rights—including
property rights—of host states' residents impacted by the Oly mpics. With that, perhaps T atiana
and her family might hav e solace that the injustice wrought on them won't be repeated in fut...
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