Rick Scott urges NBC to demand that the Winter Olympics be moved from China because of human rights abuses


Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) On Tuesday, the NBC called for the removal of China as the venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics over the country’s reported treatment of Uighur Muslims.

“NBC’s own report details the horrors faced by Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and the genocide committed by the Chinese Communist government against them,” Scott said. “Nevertheless, this American network is blind to the atrocities of communist China when it comes to allowing Beijing to host the 2022 Olympics.”

May 19, Scott — A longtime critic of China — Sent a letter to NBC Require the network to use its influence to run the game.

In response to Scott’s letter Head of Federal Affairs for NBC Phil Tahtakran Broadcasters respect human rights, but political leaders are in the best position to tackle human rights globally.

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U.S. Senate pledges diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics


U.S. lawmakers have pledged a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics as part of a wide-ranging China-focused bill passed by the Senate this week.

U.S. lawmakers have pledged a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics as part of a wide-ranging China-focused bill passed by the Senate this week.

“It shall be the policy of the United States,” the section opens, “to implement a diplomatic boycott of the [2022] Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games … and to call for an end to the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing human rights abuses, including the Uyghur genocide.”

In practice, the bill forbids Secretary of State Antony Blinken from using “federal funds to support or facilitate the attendance of … any employee of the United States government” at the Games – though it also includes the caveat that Blinken may waive the pledge “in a circumstance in which the Secretary determines a waiver is the national interest.”

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BOYCOTT BEIJING 2022: A Call For Action

We call on all governments and people, including all National Olympic Committees and Olympic athletes, to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The Chinese government is committing genocide against the Uyghur people and waging an unprecedented campaign of repression in East Turkistan, Tibet and Southern Mongolia, as well as an all-out assault on democracy in Hong Kong. At the same time, the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in a merciless crackdown on Chinese human rights defenders, activists, faith communities and journalists, and implementing an intense strategy of intimidation and geopolitical bullying against Taiwan.
Participating in the Beijing Olympic Games at this time would be tantamount to endorsing China’s genocide against the Uyghur people, and legitimizing the increasingly repressive policies of the totalitarian Chinese regime. In spite of Beijing’s failure to keep human rights promises made before the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and despite repeated requests by affected peoples and human rights groups to move or delay the 2022 Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to put profit before human lives and turn a blind eye to genocide.

It is now up to the international community to take action. In particular, we believe athletes are people of conscience who have the power to use their platforms to stop injustice. We call on them, and those who believe in the right of all people to exist and to live free from fear and oppression, to join our movement. Together we will stand against genocide and crimes against humanity and take action for democracy, freedom and human rights.

*The US State Department, the United Kingdom, Canadian and Dutch parliaments, and international legal experts have recognized China’s atrocities in East Turkistan [CH: Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region] as “genocide”.

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AP: Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics


Groups alleging human-rights abuses against minorities in China are calling for a full-blown boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move likely to ratchet up pressure on the International Olympic Committee, athletes, sponsors and sports federations.

A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement Monday calling for the boycott, eschewing lesser measures that had been floated like “diplomatic boycotts” and further negotiations with the IOC or China.

“The time for talking with the IOC is over,” Lhadon Tethong of the Tibet Action Institute said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press. “This cannot be games as usual or business as usual; not for the IOC and not for the international community.”

The Beijing Games are set to open on Feb. 4, 2022, just six months after the postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo are to end.

Rights groups have met several times in the last year with the IOC, asking that the games be removed from China. A key member in those talks was Zumretay Arkin of the World Uyghur Congress.

Tethong, herself, was detained and deported from China in 2007 — a year before the Beijing Summer Olympics — for leading a campaign for Tibet.

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PETITION: STOP THE GENOCIDE GAMES!

We join the large and growing coalition of leading Chinese freedom-fighters, national security professionals, faith leaders and human rights champions who are standing against the 2022 “Genocide Games” in Beijing. We are determined to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from being rewarded for its atrocities against millions of Uyghur Muslims and other captive nations of Tibet, East Turkestan, and Southern Mongolia, as well as the CCP’s many other crimes against humanity.

We call for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved from China to any other country that honors the spirit of the Olympic Charter, which pledges to “place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” We believe that China’s horrific human rights record – which it stubbornly defends – is a hideous betrayal of the world’s finest athletes, who seek to compete in the noble spirit of the Charter.

Therefore, we insist that the U.S. and International Olympic Committees act promptly to ensure that next February will see the celebration of the “Freedom Olympics” in a venue outside of China, instead of the “Genocide Games” in Beijing. If we do not observe rapid action to move the Olympics, we hereby announce our determination to press for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

SIGN THE PETITION!

Gatestone Institute: Growing Calls for Moving or Boycotting the Beijing Olympics

BEIJING, CHINA – APRIL 12: Vice President and Secretary-General of Beijing 2022 Han Zirong, center, and other senior staff raise glasses as they toast at an event held by the organizing committee of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics for international media at their headquarters at Shougang on April 12, 2021 in Beijing, China. The committee recently held test events at several venues ahead of the Winter Games set to open February 4, 2022. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A growing number of Western lawmakers and human rights groups are calling for a boycott of the next Winter Olympics, set to take place in Beijing in February 2022.

The calls for a boycott have come in response to burgeoning evidence of human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, a remote autonomous region in northwestern China. Human rights experts say that at least one million Muslims are being detained in hundreds of internment camps, where they are subject to torture, mass rapes, forced labor and sterilizations.

Anger is also simmering over China’s political repression in Hong Kong, Tibet and Inner Mongolia; its increased intimidation of Taiwan; its threats to its other neighbors; as well as its continued lack of transparency over the origins of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the deaths of more than three million people around the world, according Johns Hopkins University.

Boycott options include: 1) moving the Winter Olympics to another country; 2) an athletic boycott — prohibiting athletes from participating in the Games; 3) a diplomatic boycott — barring senior political representatives from travelling to Beijing to attend the opening ceremony; 4) an economic boycott — pressuring multinational corporations to cancel multi-million dollar Olympic sponsorship deals; or 5) a media boycott — limiting television coverage of the Games, thus depriving China of an important propaganda tool in the West.

Regardless of what transpires, China’s human rights record is sure to be the focus of increased scrutiny during the months leading up to the Games.

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Waltz Hosts Bipartisan Roundtable on CCP Human Rights Abuses and the Beijing

Reuters: Athletes have real concerns about Beijing 2022, says human rights group head

Athletes have legitimate concerns about the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and organisers need to be transparent in addressing them, says the Centre for Sport and Human Rights chief executive Mary Harvey.

Human rights groups have urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take the Games out of China because of the treatment of Uighur Muslims, along with other human rights concerns.

China denies human rights abuses.

“I’d like information and transparency of the situation,” Harvey said when asked whether she was comfortable with the Games taking place in the country.

“I think right now in the absence of information it’s difficult to say. I think sunlight is the best antiseptic.”

Goalkeeper for the U.S. soccer team that won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Harvey said sport was more aware of human rights than ever and athletes and fans were asking more questions.

“They do care about where products were made that they might be purchasing, they care about whether or not they are going to be in some cases safe or able to speak freely. They are legitimate concerns,” she added.

U.S. Olympic champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin said in March she should not have to choose between her “morals” and her “job”

“It’s building, it’s increasing in volume. People have concerns,” said Harvey of criticism of the Games and calls for a boycott.

“People who are advocating are becoming louder in their advocacy. And they are asking for some information. They would like more information to disprove what they are fearful of.

“In the absence of that, it probably will get worse before the Games… it could be they come off without a hitch, it could be that you are going to have athletes saying things or protesting. That’s possible too. It’s their right to do so.”

As a former athlete, she questioned whether boycotts worked and said it was never good “when somebody takes the right to compete away”.

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SCMP: Too early to talk about boycotting China’s Winter Olympics: Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Washington is consulting with its allies on concerns over Xinjiang but talk of an Olympics boycott is ‘premature’. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was “premature” to discuss a boycott of the Beijing-hosted Winter Olympics in 2022, but that the US would take “concrete actions” to ensure it was not using products made in Xinjiang over its human rights abuses there.

In a Sunday interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Blinken said the US was “not focused on a boycott” but was consulting closely with allies and partners on their concerns in Xinjiang, where up to 1 million ethnic Uygurs and other minorities are believed to have been detained.

He said the US needed to “bring the world together” to condemn Beijing’s repression of ethnic Uygurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, and ensure that US companies were not providing China with things that could be used for repression.

“We need to be looking at products that are made in that part of China to make sure that they’re not coming here; but we also have to make sure that we are dealing with all of our interests, and what is the best way to effectively advance our interests and our values,” Blinken said.

“We have to be able to deal with China on areas where those interests are implicated and require working with China, even as we stand resolutely against egregious violations of human rights or, in this case, acts of genocide.”

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Calls grow louder to boycott Beijing’s Olympics — and analysts warn of retaliation from China

Countries and companies outside China face rising pressure to boycott the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year, but China will not sit back idly in response, says political risk consultancy Eurasia Group.

“Western governments and firms face mounting pressure from human rights advocates and political critics of China to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics,” according to Eurasia Group analysts.

The Games are due to take place between February 4 to 20.

“China will punish countries that boycott the Games with political sanctions and commercial retaliation, but with much greater severity in the athletic boycott scenario,” they said in a report published Thursday.

“Campaigners have focused on Beijing’s targeted repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, which some Western governments have called ‘genocide,‘” the report said. “Calls to shun what activists label the ‘Genocide Games’ will grow as the opening ceremony approaches, increasing risks for governments, corporates, and investors — whether they decide to boycott or not.”

Last month, the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom and United States issued a joint statement accusing the Chinese government of inflicting an “extensive program of repression” on the Uyghur people including detention camps, forced labor and forced sterilizations.

China has repeatedly denied allegations of forced labor and other abuses in Xinjiang. The foreign ministry last month called such claims “malicious lies” designed to “smear China” and “frustrate China’s development.”

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