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Olympics: NGOs complain to IOC over Tokyo Games environmental record

From Reuters - September 11, 2017

LIMA (Reuters) - Dozens of environmental group sharply criticized organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Monday for alleged exploitation of tropical rain forests, claiming this was also potentially fuelling human rights violations.

In an open letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is meeting in the Peruvian capital, 47 NGOs, including Greenpeace, said there was mounting evidence the Tokyo Games were using timber through companies associated with illegal logging and human and labor rights violations.

They added that organizers had not been transparent about the sourcing of the wood used in construction projects for the Games.

Mounting evidence that Tokyo 2020 is exploiting tropical forests and potentially fuelling human rights violations is jeopardizing the Olympic commitment to sustainability and respect for human dignity, they said.

We urge the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 authorities to immediately disclose the timber supply chain associated with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including the origin and volume of all tropical wood used, and to halt further use of wood from tropical forests and other high risk sources.

Tokyo Games organizers could not be immediately reached for a comment.

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