Relocate 2022 Winter Olympics If China Does Not End Abuses: US Lawmakers.

Relocate 2022 Winter Olympics If China Does Not End Abuses: US Lawmakers

The US lawmakers said it is "not a matter of whether the Olympics should be immune from politics"

Washington:

A group of US lawmakers has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and relocate the games unless China ends the ongoing "genocide" against Uyghurs and other minority groups.

Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative James McGovern, released a letter on Friday to Thomas Bach, President of the IOC asking him to postpone the 2022 Winter Olympics and to relocate them if the host government does not end its "egregious human rights abuses".

The letter said, "No Olympics should be held in a country whose government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity." The Chairs were joined on the letter by Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Christopher Smith, both former Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) Chairs.

"This action would also be in the best interests of the athletes," said the CECC Commissioners. "We find it unfair for the IOC to force athletes to sacrifice their conscience in order to pursue their competitive goals, or vice versa."

To proceed with business as usual is implied consent and suggests the IOC has learned nothing from the Chinese government's use of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to score propaganda wins and distract from its appalling human rights record, the letter further read.

"This is not a matter of whether the Olympics should be immune from politics. Taking action against genocide is not politics. It is about basic morality and human dignity. Again, we urge you to postpone the Beijing Winter Games and relocate them to a different country if the host government does not stop committing genocide and crimes against humanity," the lawmakers added.

Last week, the UK House of Commons had unanimously passed a motion calling for the British government to stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics unless China ends the "atrocities" taking place in Xinjiang province.

The motion referenced accusations of mass atrocity crimes in the Uyghur region and urged the UK Government and its representatives to decline invitations to attend the Beijing Games, according to a statement by Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
US admits Afghanistan drone strike killed 10 civilians and no militants - DW News.

US admits Afghanistan drone strike killed 10 civilians and no militants - DW News.

The United States has admitted it killed ten civilians in a drone strike in Kabul on August 29th. The attack was one of its final military operations before entirely pulling out of Afghanistan after 20 years. Initially, the Pentagon defended the s...

Advocacy Groups Call On Biden Administration To Halt Deportations To Haiti.

Advocacy Groups Call On Biden Administration To Halt Deportations To Haiti.

As ICE prepares to send numerous deportation flights to Haiti, advocacy groups are calling on the Biden administration to halt those plans while the country deals with political turmoil and recovers from a deadly earthquake.» Subscribe to NBC News...

UK energy firms hold talks with government amid fears gas price hike could lead to shortages.

UK energy firms hold talks with government amid fears gas price hike could lead to shortages.

The government is meeting with representatives from Britain's energy firms amid fears a spike in gas prices could lead to food and fuel shortages. Sky News understands Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng will spend today talking to senior executives...

Security high for right-wing rally in Washington DC - DW News.

Security high for right-wing rally in Washington DC - DW News.

Police in Washington DC are beefing up security to prepare for potential violence at a far-right rally. The organization "Look Ahead America" has called on right-wing and extremist groups to take to the streets. It wants to show support for those ...

Copy of the US Constitution from 1787 could be yours for $20MILLION as it goes up for auction.

Copy of the US Constitution from 1787 could be yours for $20MILLION as it goes up for auction.

A FIRST edition copy of the US Constitution from 1787 is going up for auction and could fetch $20million. The extremely rare edition of the “Bundle of Compromises” is being offered to the deepest pocketed bidder by Sotheby's come mid-November. Rea...

Tales from 100 years at the Prime Minister's Chequers retreat.

Tales from 100 years at the Prime Minister's Chequers retreat.

The six men and women who have been UK prime ministers seldom mix together except for solemn occasions such as funerals and Remembrance Sunday. The dinner to mark a century of prime ministers living at Chequers this weekend is not going to be the ...