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  • New Member of IOC Ethics Commission


    10/30/05

    Thomas Buergenthal has served on the International Court of Justice since 2000. 
    (ATR) Thomas Buergenthal, an expert on human rights issues and a member of the International Court of Justice has been named to the IOC's Ethics Commission, taking the seat held until earlier this year by Andrew Young.

    Now 72, Buergenthal was born in Slovakia and spent time in two concentration camps, emerging as a child survivor of Auschwitz. He came to the U.S. in 1951.

    Buergenthal earned law degrees from New York University and Harvard and has led a career of teaching and work on human rights issues. He served as the first U.S. member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee; the U.N. Truth Commission for El Salvador and from 1999-2000, vice chair of the claims resolution tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland.

    He is an author of books and studies on human rights issues.

    His appointment to the IOC Ethics Commission, effective immediately, puts the panel at full strength, with seven members.

    The Ethics Commission is chaired by retired IOC member Keba Mbaye of Senegal, who himself served on the International Court of Justice.

    The commission is expected to soon weigh-in on cases involving IOC members who are the subject of legal proceedings in their home countries. First to come may be the case of France's Guy Drut, who was found guilty last week on corruption charges and given a suspended jail term.

    Both IOC members from South Korea, International Judo Federation president Yong Sung Park and Samsung chairman Kun Hee Lee are awaiting word from prosecutors on whether they will face charges involving secret funds allegedly maintained by their companies.

    IOC President Jacques Rogge acknowledged last week that the cases of all three IOC members are being followed by the Ethics Commission.

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