Olympic Rings of Oppression: Beijing 2022

Ensuring that China’s human rights abuses and systemic oppression of Tibetans, Uyghurs and Hongkongers are exposed in the lead up to the Winter Olympics 2022.

China has once again been given the honour of hosting the Olympics. This time it’s the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says, “The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world,” yet Tibetans experience none of this. For Tibetans, Uyghurs and the people of Hong Kong, China only offers oppression and human rights abuses. We must hold the Chinese Communist Party and IOC to account and expose the Olympic Rings of Oppression in Beijing 2022.

ATC is demanding the Australian Government declare a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Sending Australian officials and diplomats 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 not only do they not endorse human rights abuse – they will actively stand against it.

Nearly twenty years ago, despite global opposition, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 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 Turkistan between 1.8 and three million Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples are being held in ‘re-education camps,’ enduring inhuman treatment and political indoctrination. The US has officially determined that China is committing genocide.

It is critical that people and governments of the world push back against China’s repression of Tibetans, Uyghurs and democracy activists in Hong Kong.