“The Shame Games” Human Rights groups call to boycott 2022 Olympic Games in China

“It is unfortunate that history is repeating what happened 82 years ago with the Nazi Olympics in 1936.”
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According to BBC news, over 180 human rights groups are calling to boycott the 2022 winter Olympics in Beijing, China. 

There  is overwhelming amount of evidence on their mass genocide, rape, torture, female sterilization, and seperation of children among the Uighur minorities. Uighur Muslims are held against their will in Chinese concentration camps, or as the Chinese government likes to say, “re-education” camps. 

According to Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times, run by the Chinese Communist Party, China will respond to the boycotts with serious sanctions towards any countries that pull out. 

“Boycotting 2022 Beijing Winter Games, an unpopular idea, won’t receive wide support. IOC and athletes will both oppose it, and China will seriously sanction any country that follows such a call,” tweeted Hu Xijin. 

China is already threatening any one who boycotts the Olympics and denies violating human rights. However, in 2008 the country faced the same issue. They faced a similar threat to boycott for violating human rights when they were hosting their first Olympics, The New York Times reported. 

Hu Xijin, is denying that there is any type of genocide against the Uighur people. In fact he tweeted saying that BBC article on the rape Uighur women by the Chinese guards in these camps is a rumour. And anyone who believes that there is some sort of mistreatment of the Muslim minorities are “western extremists”. 

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected criticism of its decision to host the 2022 Olympics. 

An open letter composed of groups including Tibetans, Uighurs, residents of Hong Kong and others, is calling for a boycott of the games. 

Berlin, 1936 Olympics. Germany was criticized for their treatment of Jewish people however people argued that the Olympics belongs to the athletes and not politicians

“It is unfortunate that history is repeating what happened 82 years ago with the Nazi Olympics in 1936,” said Dorjee Tseten of Students for a Free Tibet, one of the groups that signed the letter, according to BBC news.  

“Hosting the Games in Berlin helped legitimise Hitler’s genocide against the Jewish people and bolstered the Nazi regime. Governments and the international community must boycott the Beijing 2022 Games and take a stand to uphold the values of democracy, freedom, and human rights.” 

According to Global News, more than a dozen Canadian federal lawmakers across all parties are calling for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved outside of China. An open letter signed by 13 MP’s demand that the International Olympic Committee relocate the global competition to avoid having athletes tainted by an event that would be comparable to the 1936 Berlin games under the Nazi regime. 

In no way are we, at the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee, trying to minimize what is happening in China. But a boycott is not the answer.

David Shoemaker, CEO and secretary-general of the Canadian Olympic Committee

The Globe and Mail reported that Canadian athletes are not going to boycott the Olympics. More than 400 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes will proudly enter the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing, fulfilling a lifelong dream of competing on the world stage. 

In an op-ed, David Shoemaker, CEO and secretary-general of the Canadian Olympic Committee, also said: “In no way are we, at the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee, trying to minimize what is happening in China. But a boycott is not the answer.”

“Rather, we believe the interests of all Canadians, and the global community, are better advanced through competing and celebrating great Canadian performances and values on the Olympic and Paralympic stage.”

At the same time, he said he also understands China’s troubling human-rights record and the oppression of the Uighur minority and the continued detention of two Canadians. 

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