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UK parliament unanimously votes for ‘diplomatic boycott’ of Beijing Olympics

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UK parliament in session (Photo/Sky Sports)

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, July 17: The UK parliament on Thursday unanimously backed the motion calling for a ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the Beijing Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing in February. Although a non-binding resolution, the motion stated that the international Games should not be entertained as China continues to commit mass atrocities in occupied regions.

MP Tim Loughton tabled the motion last week urging PM Johnson to condemn human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Tibet. “How on earth does a genocidal, industrial-scale human rights-abusing, free speech intolerant and planet vandalising regime square with [Olympic] ideals?” asked Loughton before the voting began on Thursday. He added that Britain should decline invitations for its representatives to attend the Olympics next year unless the Chinese government “ends the atrocities”.

The Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet Loughton who is currently subject to Chinese sanctions said, “The awarding of the 2008 Olympics to Beijing was accompanied by the International Olympics Committee promising that the Games would act as a catalyst for human rights reform in China.” Labour MP Navendu Mishra also spoke about the 2008 protests during the Summer Olympics, “At the last Olympics held in China in 2008, thousands of Tibetans took to the streets to protest and were brutally suppressed, with hundreds killed. The full number of deaths remains unknown.”

Conservative former leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, also one of the sanctioned MPs, said allowing China to go ahead with the Olympics next year is similar to “appeasing Hitler”. “We have forgotten what happened when we appeased another ghastly dictatorship. Sixty million people died as a result of our failure when we appeased them and we are on the same course today,” he further added.

The European parliament earlier this month voted through a resolution with a large majority that called on the European Commission, European Council and EU countries to “decline invitations to government representatives and diplomats to attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics unless the Chinese Government demonstrates a verifiable improvement in the human rights situation in Hong Kong, the Xinjiang Uyghur Region, Tibet, Inner Mongolia and elsewhere in China.”

3 Responses

  1. It is shameful that the IOC continues to support Beijing. Bach , whilst standing on the podium in Tokyo, parroting messages of humanity and solidarity, should read the latest threats to come out of China.
    “We will nuke Japan if they interfere with our divine right to invade Taiwan” and continued with reminders of the dreadful aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Has he discussed this with the people of Japan whilst he is accepting their hospitality.

  2. That’s the good move from the UK Parliament members. Thank you. The CCP is the real threat to the basic human rights & Democratic values of the human existence. In China, the country is entire One party rule …that is aggressive, atheist & inhuman communist forever and One Man Xi rule. No body dares to challenge him in China, anybody….. even a simple peaceful protest can not take place, no peoples rights, Is this a fair rule of human existence.?

    The CCP is the real destroyer of basic human rights since its establishment in 1940s I think. We all have to collectively boycott this Beijing Olympics 2022, otherwise we may go in the wrong direction of basic fundamental rights in the near future. And the essence of democratic values might be fail & go into futile if we not currently fight for it.

  3. This diplomatic boycott, from many Governments, not only sends a message to Beijing , but also to the IOC. Move these winter games. If the IOC really cares about the athletes it would not be putting them in the untenable situation of having to choose between turning a blind eye to the heinous dictatorship that is the CCP,and competing. The IOC should note that the reputation of the WHO is in tatters for supporting China’s narrative over the current pandemic. The IOC are on thin ice, so to speak, in allowing China to go ahead.
    And to the athletes, China is having to manufacture snow for this event, it will be false snow, in the same way that everything China states is manufactured and false. The destruction of Tibet’s environment, the rivers, glaciers should be on your conscience whilst you are skiing on China’s lies

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