【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Kevin wang  Translator: Ranting

On January 27, 243 non-governmental organizations worldwide issued a statement calling on governments to join in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, scheduled for February 4, and urging athletes and sponsors not to ignore human rights violations committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Voice of America reports that a 27-day press release from Human Rights Watch says that under the rule of Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping, the CCP authorities have carried out a massive persecution of Uighurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities and followers of all independent religious groups, and that the persecution of human rights activists, feminists, lawyers, journalists and others has resulted in the disappearance of an independent civil society. In violation of international law, the Chinese Communist Party has destroyed the once vibrant civil society of Hong Kong, expanding technical surveillance and severely denying the rights of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

In addition, this press release states that the CCP authorities continue to threaten overseas expatriates, public figures and companies outside of China through a complex transnational crackdown.

Sophie Richardson, director of China studies at New York-based human rights group Human Rights Watch, said, “At a time when the host government has committed a number of serious violations of international law. The Winter Olympics are unlikely to be the ‘force for good’ the IOC claims they are.”

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Omer Kanat, executive director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, another human rights organization, said, “Olympic glory cannot overshadow genocide, and it is hard to understand why anyone would think it is possible to celebrate international friendship and ‘Olympic values’ in Beijing this year”.

Bhuchung Tsering, vice president of the “International Campaign for Tibet”, said, “The IOC claims that sport and politics do not mix, but it is the Chinese Communist Party used the 2008 Beijing Olympics to serve its political interests.” He said the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics is a special opportunity for the IOC and governments to give their athletes a voice and pressure the Chinese Communist Party to abide by international rules.

The statement also accused Olympic Global Partner sponsors, Alibaba, Allianz, Atos, Coca-Cola, Intel, Omega, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and others of not fulfilling their human rights due diligence responsibilities, the report noted.

On August 5, 2021 Mr. Miles Guo, the founder of the New Federal State of China, initiated and signed a document to the International Olympic Committee to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics. So far, there has been a clear diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Japan and Lithuania.

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