Olympic Rings of Oppression: Beijing 2022
Calling on the Australian Government to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in protest of China’s human rights abuses and systemic oppression of Tibetans, Uyghurs and Hongkongers.
We are calling for the Australian Government to declare a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Sending Australians to the Winter Olympics will be seen by China as a tacit endorsement of their human rights abuse and the Australian Government needs to show that it does not endorse human rights abuse and will actively stand against it.
As the Olympics in Japan gets underway from 23 July to 8 August, ahead of the Winter Olympics next year in China, we reflect on the words of the International Olympic Committee (IOC): “The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world.” Tibetans experience none of this. For Tibetans, Uyghurs and the people of Hong Kong, China only offers oppression and violation of fundamental human rights . We must hold the Chinese Communist Party to account and expose the Olympic Rings of Oppression in Beijing 2022.
Nearly twenty years ago, despite global opposition, the International Olympic Committee awarded China the prestigious 2008 Summer Olympics claiming the Games would have a positive impact on human rights. They were wrong. China has not only failed to improve its human rights record, but an emboldened Chinese government embarked on a sweeping campaign of repression that has now reached an unprecedented low.
The 2008 Olympics heralded restrictions on a range of freedoms and marked the beginning of an intense period of repression in Tibet, but the situation continues to deteriorate, with the new Chinese leadership’s increasingly hostile crackdown on civil society, especially in Tibet and East Turkestan.
Tibet has been transformed into a high-tech surveillance state, sealed off from the world. Tibetans cannot escape, and virtually no one is allowed in.
Currently, over 1,000 political prisoners are facing torture and even death in China. Just last month, in January 2021, 19-year-old Tenzin Nyima died after being brutally beaten/tortured by Chinese authorities after he was detained for simply calling for Tibetan independence.
In East Turkestan between 1.8 and 3 million Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples are being held in ‘re-education camps,’ enduring inhuman treatment and political indoctrination. The United States and parliaments of the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands have officially determined that the Chinese Government is committing genocide in East Turkestan.
It is critical that people and governments of the world push back against China’s oppression of Tibetans, Uyghurs and democracy activists in Hong Kong. Just this month, the EU Parliament overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on diplomatic officials to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. This was followed soon after by the British Parliament, which voted unanimously in a non-binding motion to stage a diplomatic boycott of the ‘Genocide Games.’ In the United States, an act to implement a diplomatic boycott has been passed by the Senate and will be put before the House of Representatives. ATC is working with parliamentarians in Australia to build support for a similar move that takes a stand against the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing human rights abuses.