Background Discussion: JudoSport International

Russian Invasion of Ukraine

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine.  We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  We stand ready to assist with these efforts. --  G7 Leaders Statement: White House, 4 March 2014.

6 March 2014

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IJF Award of 8th dan to Vladimir Putin - Jigoro Kano Code of Ethics

Following the festivities of the 60th anniversary of the International Judo Federation, celebrated last year in Paris on the occasion of the World Championships, the IJF had the honor of awarding the 8th dan to Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, who was also celebrating his 60th birthday on the 7th of october. -- The 8th Dan of Judo Attributed to Vladimir Putin: International Judo Federation, 10 October 2013.

From 2011 through 2014 the world watched in horror as Russia blocked UN Security Council resolutions for humanitarian assistance and referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court.  These actions were advanced  despite evidence of ethnic cleansing with weapons of mass destruction, war crimes and crimes against humanity.  The people of Syria have been abandoned for 34 months, at a cost of upwards of 200,000 lives resulting in a humanitarian catastrophe that has spread across the region, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has compared to the Holocaust. 

In the midst of the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, IJF awards Vladimir Putin his 8th dan, an honor that appears to be in direct contradiction to the "Code of Ethics" advocated by Judo's founder, Dr Jigoro Kano:

The moral benefits of Judo are a direct result of the transition from martial art to what Kano termed "Do" or "way" of life". Kano added a strict code of ethics and a humanitarian philosophy to his system. His Judo instructors and students were expected to be outstanding examples of good character and honest conduct. Combat outside of the training hall or behavior that brought shame to the school would lead to suspension or even expulsion. Kano's ultimate concern for the well being of both the individual and the community is reflected in his teaching methods and one of Judo's guiding principles is "mutual benefit and prosperity."  Kano believed that the diligent practice of Judo should lead to the realization that one could not progress at the expense of others; only mutual prosperity offered the key to any real progress in human life. These principles still underpin the sport today and this can be seen from the respect shown between rival opponents. -- Value of Judo: Jidel Judo 93.

Following the destabilization of Syria and Middle East, the damage continues with the invasion of the Ukraine:
It is our hope that the International Judo Federation will join us with Reaffirming the Olympic Ideal for the Purpose of Continuing the Progress of Humanity:

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Reaffirming the Olympic Ideal for the Purpose of Continuing the Progress of Humanity

Athletes committed to the pursuit of excellence with aspirations of success in international and Olympic competition, become participants in a humanitarian objective to utilize their talents, opportunities and achievements as a vehicle for positive change. This theme is reflected in the following excerpt from a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, 25 November 1997: 52/21: Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal:

Reaffirming that the Olympic ideal promotes international understanding, particularly among the youth of the world, through sport and culture in order to advance the harmonious development of humankind,

Noting with satisfaction the increasing number of joint endeavours of the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations system, for example in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance, protection of the environment, health promotion and education, in which the United Nations Development Programme, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization have participated.

The International Olympic Committee's involvement in assistance projects for human development is aimed at improving, through sport and physical activity, the quality of life and well-being of people who live in the most disadvantaged regions of the world. It is a matter of using sport as a means for positive change. Although these projects are specific and merely symbolic, the Olympic Movement's contribution is intended to complement the efforts of governments and inter- and non-governmental organisations to meet the challenges of our society. The IOC's commitment in this area is based on the need to place sport, which has become a real social force within society, at the service of human development. - Missions: Human Development Assistance: Objective of the International Olympic Committee.

5 February 2014

Syria children maimed and tortured by Assad forces, says UN report

Children in government custody have reportedly been beaten with metal cables, whips and wooden and metal batons, and suffered electric shock, mock executions, cigarette burns, sleep deprivation and solitary confinement, and sexual violence, including rape and threats of rape, the report says. -- Syria children maimed and tortured by Assad forces, says UN report:  Guardian UK, 5 February 2014.  See also: First UN report on children in Syria’s civil war paints picture of ‘unspeakable’ horrors: UN News Centre, 5 February 2014.


Report: Evidence of 'industrial-scale killing' by Syrian regime

Members of this inquiry team: Honourable Sir Desmond de Silva QC (Chairman),  former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, former lead prosecutor of ex President Milosevic of Yugoslavia before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Professor David M. Crane, first Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

A report into the credibility of certain evidence with regard to torture and execution of persons incarcerated by the current Syrian regime
Guardian UK, 20 January 2014
Warning graphic content: Some people may find the images in this report disturbing
Url: http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2014/jan/20/torture-of-persons-under-current-syrian-regime-report
Full Report: PDF http://static.guim.co.uk/ni/1390226674736/syria-report-execution-tort.pdf

Documenting the Atrocities

February 2012.  The United Nations Arts Initiative through Humanitarian Resource Institute works to engage grassroots support in 193 UN member countries, with the help of the arts and entertainment industry.  The focus to address ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity, following the release of the CNN documentary "72 Hours Under Fire" through the coordination of the Syria2012 Campaign.


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