By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 14: A key official of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) John Coates has rejected calls to postpone or boycott the upcoming games, as he claimed that China’s human rights record before the 2022 Beijing Winter Games is “not within” its organizational duties. Vice President John Coates on Wednesday brushed aside accusations of genocide against Uyghurs and other communities by the CCP.
“We are not a world government. We have to respect the sovereignty of the countries who are hosting the games,” Coates addressed the press in Australia. Hundreds of human rights groups have accused the international committee for their complicity in human rights abuse in China. In July, four Tibetan organizations in Switzerland filed a complaint against the IOC with ‘National Contact Point’ in Bern over violating OECD guidelines by awarding China to be the host of Winter Olympics scheduled in February next year.
“I know it [human rights] is a very important part of the fundamental principles of Olympism, the fundamental principles set out in the Olympic charter. The IOC’s remit is to ensure that there are no human rights abuse in respect of the conduct of the Games within the National Olympic Committees or within the Olympic movement,” the Vice President further remarked.
Human Rights Watch senior official Minky Worden noted in December last year, “The 2022 Games will take place in a human rights environment significantly worse than that of the 2008 Beijing Games. As those Games near, the IOC appears to have no plan in place to assess whether the Games themselves will cause or enable human rights violations.” Last month, over 200 right groups around the world urged 26 Olympic broadcasters including US based NBC to drop coverage of the Beijing Olympics on humanitarian grounds.