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Should countries with poor human rights records be banned from participating in international sporting events?

  • If they cant control a country they cant control a game

    How can somewhere that has poor human rights recognition possibly be trusted to hold international sporting events. They cant control their country. It amazes me that someone should think that while some people are getting abused on the street others are getting fame and glory in sport. When everyone has a chance, everyone can do their best and that is what we owe them.

  • Human rights makes everyone equal.

    I totaly agree with the fact that we should support the people where they have poor human rights. In some countries their politics are so weak where everyone suffers. For example a poor athlete who wants to participate but get ruled out over riches of their country who bribes the authority to get in sports would be unfair to other.

  • Yes, Countries with Poor Human Rights Records Should Be Banned

    Countries with poor human rights records should be banned because we should not "play" with those who demonstrate poor sportsmanship. Denying people their basic human rights in any form is the ultimate expression of poor sportsmanship. We should send out the message that we simply will not tolerate the denial of human rights in any shape or form. Therefore, we should refuse to cooperate with them in any manner, and that includes international boardrooms, international courtrooms, and the playing fields.

  • No, countries with poor human rights records should not be banned from participating in international sporting events.

    No, I don't believe that countries with poor human rights records should be banned from participating in international sporting events. While there are some countries in which horrible atrocities are occurring, banning these countries from participating in events like the Olympics only punishes the people of the country, and not the leaders which are to blame for their country's poor human rights records.

  • No. Who would decide?

    Arguably even the United States engages in human rights violations when you consider our drone attacks and our indefinite detention of people who are suspected of crimes but never charged. What international body can really make a determination about human rights records, and whose standards should be used? Sporting events offer an opportunity to move beyond some of the traditional barriers and may even help show the athletes from the countries in question that there are other ways to live.

  • Countries with poor human rights records should not be banned from international sporting events.

    International sporting events are important landmarks for the subjects of governments with poor human rights records. They provide an opportunity for exposure to cultures without such abuses for the athletes and often bring international attention to poor human rights records. Poor human rights records should have economic, not social, consequences that punish the institution and not its subjects/

  • Let Them Participate

    No, countries with poor human rights records should not be banned from participating in international sporting events. We should do everything possible to allow these countries to participate in international sporting events. This would allow their athletes to be exposed to other people and cultures. They would be able to defect if their circumstances permitted it as an option. Plus, it would give other countries a chance to learn exactly how badly human rights were being abused.


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