Olympics help countries make progress on human rights

Re: True patriot love (Editorial, NewsLeader, Feb. 12)

This editorial missed the point why countries with poor human rights records host the Olympics.

Not long ago, western democratic countries were grappling with similar issues and anti-gay laws. It has only been in recent years that the acceptance of same sex marriages and other inclusivity in society has occurred.

The Olympics help put a spotlight on human rights and other social issues in the host countries.

Besides, it also promotes much-needed economic spinoffs.

With luck, awareness and modern democratic principles will prevail and there will be fewer human rights violations.

In the end, open dialog and forgiveness will lead to open-minded and freer societies.

J.W. Christophersen


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