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Local human rights group reacts to President's decision on Olympics


In what's seen as a snub to the Russian government, neither President Obama nor any other high level US officials will be attending the winter Olympic games in Sochi.

But the President is sending two openly gay athletes as part of the official delegation.

It's a clear jab at Russia's controversial law that bans gay "propaganda."

Tennis great Billie Jean King will attend the opening ceremony, and hockey star Caitlin Cahow will be at the closing ceremony.

We stopped by the South Bend Human Rights Human Rights Commission to get their reaction.

"We in this country try to protect human rights and it seems like they're trying to take them away.  They want to protect certain rights, but not everybody," says Human Rights Commission Chair, Penny Hughes.  She adds, "You know we've got to stand up for human rights wherever we see violations going on."

France and Germany are among the other countries who will not send their presidents to Sochi for the Games.

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