- DEBATE IN THE UK PARLIAMENT: SUPPORT THE DIPLOMATIC BOYCOTT OF BEIJING 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS
On Thursday, 15th July there will be an important debate in the UK Parliament.
Tim Loughton MP, also a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) and Co-chair of The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Tibet, issued an important Statement (please follow this link) on 23rd June 2021 – the Global Day of Action – Boycott Beijing 2022 Olympics. Tim calls for a diplomatic Boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Tim Loughton has now secured a Backbench Debate in the parliament on a Motion relating to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the Chinese Government sanctions on UK parliamentarians. The debate will be held in the parliament on Thursday, 15th July.
ACTION: Please encourage your MPs to join this important debate and urge them to support the motion. It is very important that we send a strong message to the Chinese dictators in Beijing that they cannot silence our elected representatives in this country for simply standing up for human rights around the world including in China’s occupied territories.
2. EARLY DAY MOTION
On 7th June, Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, also a Co-chair of Inter-Parliament Alliance on China (IPAC), tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM: 149 UK representation at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics), calling on the government to decline invitations for state officials to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
ACTION: Please ask your MPs to sign this EDM as soon as possible. We should try to secure as many MPs to support this EDM before 15th July 2021.
“That this House notes with concern that the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will take place alongside a rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where Uyghurs and other minority groups are subject to widespread forced labour, sterilization, political indoctrination and arbitrary detention; reaffirms its opinion that Uyghurs and other minority groups in the Uyghur Region are victims of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity; reminds the International Olympics Committee that the Olympic Charter’s principles of solidarity and non-discrimination are hard to reconcile with holding the 2022 Winter Games in a country whose Government stands credibly accused of perpetrating Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide; affirms that the International Olympic Committee’s desire to stay above politics does not permit turning a blind eye to mass atrocity crimes; urges the International Olympics Committee to initiate an emergency search process for suitable replacement facilities for the 2022 Winter Games; calls on the Government to decline invitations for state officials to attend the 2022 Winter Games so long as Beijing remains the host venue; advises the Government to discourage companies operating in the UK from acting as commercial sponsors for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics; recognises that individual athletes have the right to choose whether to participate in the Olympic Games or not and urges them to think carefully about whether they should take part; and encourages the Chinese Government to work with international partners to take verifiable steps to improve the human rights situation of Uyghurs and other persecuted groups.”
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Together, we make a difference. It is time we speak up and expose the Chinese regime’s crimes against humanity including genocides in East Turkistan and Tibet.