Canada must not turn a blind eye to horrific ongoing human rights abuses in the People’s Republic of China. The Beijing 2022 Olympics will take place amidst the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing grievous human rights violations targeting all of the peoples of the PRC, especially Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, political activists and human rights defenders.
Canada should not send government representatives to Olympic Games which will be used to glorify a regime that is violently repressing its people and actively committing genocide.
The Chinese Communist Party is currently committing genocide against the Uyghur Muslim people.
In Hong Kong, pro-democracy activists are arbitrarily arrested and convicted under the draconian National Security Law, which suppresses fundamental rights and freedoms and ignores the Chinese government’s international commitments.
In Tibet, fundamental rights such as religious freedom, speech, movement, and assembly are severely suppressed.
In Inner Mongolia, the Chinese Communist Party continues trying to erase the culture and language of the ethnic Mongolian people through the enforcement of language loss by coercion.
The Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing perpetration of atrocious crimes against its own people is in direct opposition to the ethos of the Olympic movement. The Olympics represent a chance for people to come together and celebrate the values of Olympism - excellence, friendship, and respect. The Olympic Charter states that “the goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” Yet, every day, the Communist Party tramples the basic human dignity of countless people.
There is no justification for holding the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and even less reason for Canadian government officials and representatives to attend and support the games. The Government of Canada should decline any invitation to send an official delegation. We cannot send representatives to Olympic games that are happening in a country that is committing genocide.
We call on the Canadian government to undertake a full diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
We must stand in solidarity with the Chinese people and all of the peoples facing oppression at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.
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