GATPM Letter: Calling on UK MPs to support diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 Olympics

Dear Members of Parliament,

On behalf of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM), I am writing to draw your kind attention to two important issues in the parliament this week.

  1. Debate on Thursday 15th July of a motion relating to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Chinese Government sanctions

On Thursday 15th July, Tim Loughton MP is leading a Debate on the above subject. We urge you to take part in the debate and support Tim Loughton’s motion.

A diplomatic boycott would send a clear and strong message to the dictatorship in Beijing that their human rights abuses in Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and throughout China should not be rewarded by hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games (now known to many people as the “Genocide Games”).

And that the Chinese government’s ongoing sanctions against UK parliamentarians and other human rights activists will have adverse consequences.

  1. Early Day Motion (no. 149) sponsored by Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP

On 7th June 2021, Sir Iain Duncan Smith tabled the following Early Day Motion (EDM149). So far, only 11 MPs have signed this EDM – surprisingly few given that most MPs would presumably support holding China to account for the long-standing and industrial scale human rights abuses against Tibetans, Uyghurs, citizens of Hong Kong and throughout the country. 

If you do oppose China’s human rights record, would you please give your support to EDM-149 and boost numbers? – so that parliamentarians do not unwittingly hand a propaganda victory to the Chinese dictatorship. 

Motion text:

“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.”

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

The background

China has once again been given the privilege of hosting a prestigious international sporting event – the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. We believe under the current circumstances and with its appalling unapologetic human rights record, China does not deserve this award. The Global Alliance for Tibet and Persecuted Minorities are campaigning for the venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be changed from Beijing to another world city where the Olympics motto is respected. 

We would like to remind you of the Olympics Charter which states, “The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”

Unfortunately, the Chinese State is committing crimes against humanity – against the Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans and many other minorities in China. The introduction of the so-called “National Security Law” in Hong Kong is yet another breach of the international rules based system. What we are witnessing today is China becoming a serious threat to regional as well as global peace and security.

We therefore urge you to take part and support the above two important matters related to China.

Yours sincerely,

Tsering Passang

Founder & Convener,

Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM)

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

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: 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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