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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Human Rights Issues

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Human Rights Issues in Global Supply Chains
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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In just two years, Japan will host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games, bringing international scrutiny to Japan’s human rights policies and practice, including those concerning businesses. There is a danger that preparation for the Olympics will neglect human rights principles, leading to violations in the supply chains for procurements, including forced evictions and exploitation in the construction sector. There are also significant risks that materials and goods used in the Olympics are connected to human rights violations, including illegal logging, land grabbing, child labor, and unsafe working conditions. Such violations can be mitigated, but only if human rights due diligence policies may be firmly in place.

The Vance Center for International Justice and Human Rights Now, an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo with offices in New York and Geneva, are hosting a panel discussion on how human rights violations in supply-chains related to mega sporting events can be addressed and mitigated and the implications for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Kazuko Ito, Secretary-General, Human Rights Now
Kenneth Rivlin, Partner, Allen & Overy
David Segall, Research Scholar and Policy Associate, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees
Asian Affairs Committee
International Human Rights Committee
International Law Committee

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