China is using the 2022 Winter Olympics to “legitimize its human rights violations,” a human rights researcher told Fox News, adding that “the rest of the world should stay away.”
Beijing is expected to host the Olympics from early February. The US government and advocacy groups have accused China of persecuting Uyghurs and other Turkish Muslims and using them for forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region.
“It is not just a sporting event. The Chinese government uses the event to present the country to legitimize the country’s position, to legitimize its policies, including the numerous human rights violations,” Yaqiu Wang, principal human rights researcher on China. Look, Fox News said.
“To participate in this is to be used as a tool by the Chinese Communist Party to legitimize its abuses. Including the situation in Xinjiang, “Wang said.” This is why the rest of the world should stay away from the Olympics.
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With less than a month before the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Human Rights Watch has stepped up its boycott of the games. He pressured Olympic sponsors to use their influence as business partners with the Chinese government to end the county’s persecution against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and activists in Hong Kong and to reform its policies. concerning Tibet and Taiwan.
Sponsors of The Olympic Partner program include 13 major companies, such as Visa, Bridgestone, Omega, Proctor & Gamble and Samsung.
“We wrote to all of them including Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Allianz,” Wang said. “I mean, they’re funding the Beijing Olympics.”
Only Allianz responded to Human Rights Watch, but its response was unsatisfactory, Wang said.
An estimated one million people are imprisoned in camps in Xinjiang, Wang said. Other Uyghur and Turkish Muslims who are not in the camps are under close surveillance and have no freedom of movement or freedom of expression.
Human Rights Watch called China’s actions “crimes against humanity,” Wang said.
“You can be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for having WhatsApp,” she noted.
Wang said the Chinese government “is trying to eradicate their culture, their language, their identity.”
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Fox News has contacted the 13 TOP sponsors (The Olympics Partners) for comment. Only two responded.
Intel declined to comment and Atos said it was “proud of the role we play.”
Wang said not watching the Olympics will send a message to the sponsors and to NBC, which broadcasts the games.
The message, she said, would be: “I don’t approve [of] these Olympic Games [being] held in Beijing. I don’t want to see your ads. I don’t want to see your logos because I don’t approve of you being a part of them. “
But Wang does not think that the athletes should be blamed, admitting that the organization of the Olympic Games in Beijing is “the decision of the IOC”.
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“My message to everyone is to stay away from games,” she told Fox News.
“Beijing is clearly taking this opportunity to legitimize its human rights violations in the country,” Wang said. “Don’t be part of it. Stay away from it.”
The 2022 Olympics are scheduled to begin on February 4.