The protestors termed the Beijing games as “Genocide Winter Olympics” and they also demanded CBC News to drop its sponsorship for the event….reports Asian Lite News
Uyghur rights groups and Tibetans gathered in Belgium’s Diksmuide and protested against China’s human rights violations urging the world community to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics.
“To raise awareness of Genocide games #Beijing2022 we co-organised the protest with Tibetan friends, gathered in Diksmuide, Belgium where thousands of soldiers sacrificed their lives for the peace during the World War 1,” said Belgium Uyghur Association in a tweet on Saturday.
Another protest was also held in Belgium’s Antwerp “by Uyghur Association to spread awareness about China’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and Hong Kongers.
It came after 243 global groups including the non-governmental organisations have called for action against China over human rights concerns as the Beijing Winter Olympics is set to begin in the first week of February.
“The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will open amid atrocity crimes and other grave human rights violations by the Chinese government, 243 non-governmental organizations from around the world said today. The groups urged governments to join a diplomatic boycott of the Games, slated to begin February 4, 2022, and for athletes and sponsors not to legitimise government abuses,” said the Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a statement on Thursday.
“It is not possible for the Olympic Games to be a ‘force for good,’ as the International Olympic Committee claims, while the host government is committing grave crimes in violation of international law,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at HRW.
Protest in Toronto
A protest was held in Toronto against Beijing Winter Olympics which will start from February 4.
The protestors termed the Beijing games as “Genocide Winter Olympics” and they also demanded CBC News to drop its sponsorship for the event.
The protest took place at CBC headquarters in Toronto around 2 pm to 3 pm and at Roncesvalles pedestrian bridge around 4 pm to 5 pm.
The protest was joined by many groups like — Uyghur Youth Group, Tibet Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association of Ontario and East Turkistan Republican Party.
“Protest held in Toronto, against China’s Genocide Winter Olympics 2022 and demanded @CBCNews to drop its sponsorship for the Beingiing 2022! Thanks to Uyghur Youth Group, Canada; Tibet Youth Congress, RTYC Toronto; Tibetan Women’s Association of Ontario, Dhokham Chushigangdruk,” tweeted East Turkistan Republican Party.
Earlier the International Campaign for Tibet also urged the NBC, the broadcaster of the Beijing Winter Olympics to “go beyond the business” as they also have an ethical responsibility as a defender of freedom especially that of expression.
The advocacy groups called the Chinese government one of the most brutal human rights abusers the world has seen in decades.
In 2020, the US government has chosen China’s oppression of the Uyghurs as genocide. Including the US, a lot of other government has called on a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics in response to China not abiding by international norms.
With regards to Beijing Winter Olympic next month, over 250 right groups have called out UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for accepting the official invitation for the opening of the ceremony.
The US and a number of countries have announced the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. Meanwhile, human rights groups and activists across the world have also urged countries and leaders to boycott Winter Olympics over Beijing’s human rights abuses. (ANI)