Russian President Vladimir Putin and the IOC have been heavily criticized for human rights violations related to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The workers on the Olympic construction sites were "often exploited, housed in bad accommodations, had no contracts and did not receive appropriate salaries," said Wolfgang Büttner from Human Rights Watch (HRW). At least 2,000 families have been forcefully relocated to make way for the Olympic sports facilities and most of them were not compensated. Read more >>
The cartoon by Schrank from The Independent shows Men's Doubles Luge event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The leading pair, whose suit is marked 'Human Rights' are being closely pursued by another pair consisting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a big, fierce-looking bear.
The bear is the symbol of Russia, so the cartoon is clearly a metaphor for the threat to human rights posed by Putin's regime.