Calling for Urgent Action: Support the Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing 2022 Olympics

  1. 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

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.

Contact your MP – UK Parliament 

2. EARLY DAY MOTION

Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP

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.

UK representation at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics – Early Day Motions – UK Parliament

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.”

Contact your MP – UK Parliament 

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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.

Author: Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

Tsering Passang is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. He was born in a Tibetan refugee camp in western Nepal. An NGO professional with nearly 20 years of experience in international development charities, Tsering has led Tibetan Community UK from 2014 to 2016 as its Chairman. Amongst his pioneering initiatives as the Community Leader, Tsering spearheaded "Tibetans Helping Tibetans" initiative and within months, it resulted in securing the sponsorship of 30 Tibetan refugee children for their education in India from 25 UK-based Tibetan families. Prior to his current appointment as the Director of Tibet Foundation, Tsering served as Special Adviser to the Tibet Society, the world's oldest Tibet support group. He also worked for Tibet Relief Fund for over eight years, raising vital funds for Tibetan children’s education in India and Nepal. From 2001 to 2007, he worked for Tibet Foundation as Art & Culture Programme Manager. Tsering has conducted multiple field trips to India and Nepal over the past two decades. After returning from his 2008 personal trip to Mustang, Tsering saw a need to provide training to those Tibetan teachers working in rural areas. Within a year, with the support of western teaching professionals, Tsering initiated the vital training programme for the teachers. Over 50 Tibetan refugees and ethnic Tibetan teachers from Mustang, Manang, Dhorpatan, Pokhara and Kathmandu attended the trainings delivered in Mustang, Kathmandu and Pokhara. He developed partnerships with the local NGOs and schools in Nepal. From 2014 to 2016, Tsering served on the boards of Tibet Society and Tibet House Trust. He also served as the Chairman and a Trustee of the Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust. Tsering continues his advocacy work on Tibet. He has attended and engaged with parliamentarians, special advisers and officials from the UK, UN, the US and EU. Tsering has also spoken at important public and closed forums – audience included governments representatives, policymakers, rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, NGO professionals, university students and researchers. In addition to his writings on the Tibetan affairs, published in the British, Nepalese and Tibetan media, Tsering was interviewed by the BBC, Sky News and Reuters. He is also frequently interviewed by the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Tibet. Tsering has conducted special interviews with leading Tibetan political figures - President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile (Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former Special Envoy (Washington-based) and former Representative (London-based) for a Tibetan YouTube channel – LondonNey Production. Tsering’s personal blog: www.tsamtruk.com Tsering's latest initiative is the creation of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) - an advocacy group with the object of highlighting the issues affecting the Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims as well as other peoples persecuted by the Chinese regime.

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