A coalition of 180 human rights organizations called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games in Beijing because of human rights abuses, including repression of Uighur Muslims. Activists published a corresponding appeal on their Internet resources.
Human rights activists noted that they had already addressed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with a demand not to hold the games in China, but their arguments went unheeded. The organizations stressed that now it is the turn of the world’s governments to take a firm stand on the issue.
“We therefore call on governments to boycott the Beijing 2022 Games – anything less would be seen as an endorsement of the Chinese Communist Party’s authoritarian rule and blatant disregard for civil and human rights,” the statement said.
In January, the U.S. recognized the repression of Uighur Muslims in China as genocide. The U.S. administration asserts that “genocide” has been ongoing since at least 2017 and that Chinese authorities have been systematically exterminating Uighurs.
In July 2020, it became known that state documents from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region revealed the Chinese authorities’ intention to sterilize thousands of Uyghur women. According to the budget of the two settlements, which was studied by the publication Foreign Policy, the government has allocated money for the sterilization of 14,800 women in the city and just over 8,000 in the province, as well as the installation of 5,900 contraceptive uterine devices. These measures are part of a comprehensive approach by the Chinese authorities to the Uighur minority that has drawn condemnation in a number of Western countries.