As you know, over 100 individuals associated with national security, human rights and faith organizations joined us in writing you on April 15th urging the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to press for the 2022 Winter Games to be held in a venue other than Beijing, China in light of the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing genocide and other crimes against humanity.
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.
H&M and other western brands are facing a backlash in China after they expressed concern about the alleged use of forced labour in cotton production. China has been accused of forcing members of the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority to pick cotton in Xinjiang. China denies this and, in recent days, critical brands have faced boycotts.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave a uniform contract for the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics to a Chinese textiles company that has an affiliated factory in Xinjiang and that openly advertises its use of Xinjiang cotton. The opacity of supply chains in China means it may be hard to determine if goods are made through forced labor.
President Joe Biden called on the Major League Baseball (MLB) to move the 2021 All Star Game out of Atlanta as a boycott against Georgia’s new voter law, which he claimed created restrictions for low-income minority voters. Given Biden’s stance on sports boycotts in the context of Georgia’s new voting law, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editorial board wondered what Biden will do about the 2022 Beijing Olympics…
A coalition of 180 human rights groups called for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, citing Chinese government abuses of ethnic minorities, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The coalition, made up of advocates representing Tibetans, Uighurs, Inner Mongolians, residents of Hong Kong and others called on governments to boycott the games, which are scheduled to take place Feb. 4 of 2022.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has formally dismissed the findings of a controversial Trump-era Commission on Unalienable Rights, which sought to elevate the promotion of religious freedom worldwide. Blinken, who vowed to promote LGBT rights worldwide during his confirmation hearings, only briefly alluded to religious persecution in a press conference unveiling the 45th State Department country reports on human rights practices last Tuesday.
On March 30, US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, announced what some saw as a fundamental change in American foreign policy. The US, Blinken said presenting the Department of State’s 45th annual report on human rights in the world, will “repudiate the unbalanced views” that placed religious liberty at the top of a hierarchy of human rights. “There is no hierarchy that makes some rights more important than others,” Blinken said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki flipped out when a reporter asked her if President Joe Biden has plans to evaluate the U.S.’s participation in the Beijing Olympics given his support for Major League Baseball to examine boycotting Georgia over a new election reforms law. “The president voiced his support for MLB making a decision about the all-star game in Georgia…”