More than 160 human rights groups gotten in touch with the International Olympic Committee to revoke China’s award of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games over the nation’s human rights abuses, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: The letter represents “the largest collaborated effort” yet against staging the Beijing games, coming amid increased examination of China’s mass detention and repression of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities, according to Reuters.
- Uighur, Tibetan, Hong Kong and Mongolian rights groups were amongst the signatories of the letter.
What they’re saying: ” The IOC should acknowledge that the Olympic spirit and the track record of the Olympic Games will suffer further damage if the aggravating human rights crisis, across all locations under China’s control, is simply overlooked,” groups compose in the letter, which was launched on Tuesday.
- The signatories argue that the 2008 Olympics pushed the Chinese federal government to continue its human rights abuses.
The opposite: The Chinese foreign ministry rebuked the letter, calling it an attempt to politicize sports.