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Anonymous Calls on IOC to Ban Saudi Arabia from 2016 Olympics Over Human Rights Violations

Lausanne, Switzerland – Activists from the hacking collective ‘Anonymous’ have called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, due to their numerous human rights violations.

The announcement from Anonymous follows the groups cyber-attack on the Saudi government on Jan 4, which took down Saudi government websites for over 24 hours, in response to the executions of 47 people – including numerous people who were under 18 when convicted of their “crimes” – carried out in direct violation of international law.

A press release from the #OpNimr/Operation Nimr section of Anonymous stated:

Anonymous are calling on the IOC to ban Saudi Arabia from this year’s Summer Olympics. Anonymous and Operation Nimr “#OpNimr” are calling on the International Olympic Committee to ban Saudi Arabia from the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio.

On January 2, 2016 Saudi Arabia executed and crucified 47 people, several of whom were children at the time of their arrests.

Prominent, peaceful Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and Arab Spring activists Ali Saeed Al Rebh, Mohamed Al Sheuikh, and Mohammed Al Suwamil were among the executed.

Arab Spring activists Ali Mohammed Baqir Al Nimr, Ali Saeed Al Rebh, Abdullah Al Zaher, Dawoud Al Marhoon, Mohamed Al Sheuikh, and Mohammed Al Suwamil were teenagers at the time of their arrests.

In 2012 an online movement was started to ban Saudi Arabia from participating at the London Summer Olympics because of the country’s suppression of women’s rights. Saudi Arabia lifted their ban and allowed two female athletes to compete for the first time.

We feel the IOC banning Saudi Arabia from this year’s Olympics for their human rights atrocities will secure the freedom of the three remaining Arab Spring activists. We hope added attention on Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses will help spark another online movement to ban Saudi Arabia from the Olympics.

Perhaps it’s time the world took a page out of the U.S. foreign policy playbook and began to isolate pariah states, such as Saudi Arabia, which refuse to conform to international norms of human rights. Being one-half of the U.S. led “Petrodollar” alliance that underpins the current global finance paradigm doesn’t simply allow for carte blanche human rights violations because the other half of the partnership is the global hegemonic power.

The Olympics are the perfect place to make a bold political statement that blatant human rights violators like the House of Saud will not be given the privilege of competing in the most prestigious international sports competition in the world, as a means of symbolizing the current regimes failure to secure the basic human rights of the people of Saudi Arabia.

Jay Syrmopoulos is a political analyst, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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    • united we stand we ARE the 99% and its time we took our power back. we are powerful because we are not divided!!!

  • It would be nice if Anonymous read the TPP instead of concerning itself with dumb sports.

  • Both the US and the USSR did it…

  • Did the athletes kill anyone? No? Ok, they have NOTHING to do with their government. What about all the wars the U.S. is starting? What about all the people the U.S. has killed in the Middle East? Those illegal wars to steal oil…why doesn’t the world cut the U.S. out of world affairs? Because peaceful interaction between countries is the only way that we will ever bring peace back to America. We must stop blowing places up and let people stay where they are. Whether we can trust the immigrants or not, they’d stay where they are if they couldn’t blame us for blowing up their houses.

    • I’m down with banning the US…..

    • It’s funny how Anonymous gives the USA a free pass or turns a blind eye to all the massive and gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity and war crimes they commit. They never go after all the extremely corrupt US politicians and the corrupt people in positions of power. In fact they act a lot like all the fraudulent loudmouth American human rights groups and NGOs like USAID that go into other countries to try undermine and destabilize sabotage governments, a lot of them democratically elected. Anonymous is probably an arm of the US government.

    • Both, Saudi Arabia and the USA should be banned. Again, those two hitlers are allies…

    • Uuuuuuuuuuhm

    • You’d think anonymous would stop targeting the tops of the weeds and go for the roots… Say..
      The Rothschild’s, Rockefeller’s, etc..?
      All just smoke and mirrors to direct attention away from the roots.. The puppets get all the attention while the puppeteers continue.

  • Good Point, for the UN to respond,

  • With that logic every country should be banned then


  • Good, now kick out China, North Korea, Turkey, Africa, the Philippines, USA, Russia, Great Britain, England, United Kingdom, Qatar, UAE… I mean fuck, why stop at banning individual countries? Why not change the games entirely and use them as a platform for war? Each countries strongest and most skilled five man team competing on an urban/forest/jungle/desert/winter stage to the death. I’ve been sitting on this idea for over a decade. Seen similar ideas arise in various areas, most notably movies such as “Hunger Games”, “Divergent”, and “The Maze Runner”, I’m sure there has been someone to come up with the idea before me, but never has the idea seemed like such a good alternative to our current design…

  • they would have to ban the U.S. then too. our government shits on human rights like its breathing air.

  • Should probably ban America too huh…

  • Good to see so many good people here, michael schooley, aleksandr rudyuk, jiha ko, brent waller, jason coy. In most of the countries people select dictator for 4 or 5 years, which is known as democracy. every citizen of every nation is busy in finding his/her livelihood, we as citizen of this world should refrain ourselves from hating each other because of religion, race or nationality.

  • And the USA UK Israel just for internal human rights violations let alone acts against the citizens of other countries. Let’s ban my country Australia for its violations against refugees including imprisonment of babies. Turkey gets banned as does Russia. Oh fsck it.let’s ban the Olympics.is so corrupted now that even the building of sports grounds involves human rights violations of the poor. I won’t be watching. Effing over it already

    • can you actually think of any country that does not violate its peoples rights, I suppose there may be some

  • Then you need to also ban those that are linked to Saudia Arabia, mainly the United Kingdom.

  • maybe

  • While we are at it, ban South Africa to for human rights against whites.

  • Then the US should not be invited either!

  • Or else what? Are they going to try that completely useful tactic of trolling them if they don’t? Until Anon steps up and actually does something useful and beneficial to the citizens, I couldn’t care less what they do.

  • WTG Anonymous!

  • Why only ban SA?

  • then what about the USA and it’s human rights violations? BAN the USA from the Olympics too then?

  • We need to punish our leaders for violating human rights as well

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