Last fall, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a video call to activists demanding that Beijing be ousted as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
“You, ladies and gentlemen, have your responsibilities,” replied Juan Antonio Samaranch, chairman of the IOC Coordinating Committee for the upcoming Winter Games, according to a recent post by BuzzFeed News. “We have ours.”
Activists pointed to the mass arrests of Muslims in Xinjiang, the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong, and the ongoing repression in Tibet. But IOC officials dismissed their concerns, claiming that Beijing’s 2008 The Olympics have improved air quality and public transport, according to reports from interviews with several activists involved.
Calling it the “Olympic Games of Genocide”, dozens of human rights groups urged The IOC to move games to another country, according to some comparing The upcoming competition in 1936 in Nazi Germany USA և: Canada The attitude of the Uyghurs towards other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, China, has been publicly described as genocide.
In response to a detailed list of questions in this article, the IOC stated that it was based on the views of NGOs on human rights issues at the Beijing Games. The committee said that these issues are being raised by the government, the local authorities, who assure that they will respect the Olympic Charter.
“Given the diverse participation in the Olympic Games, the IOC must remain neutral on all global political issues,” the IOC said in a statement. “The awarding of the Olympic Games to the National Olympic Committee does not mean that the IOC agrees with its political structure, social circumstances or human rights standards.”
The IOC adheres to the principles of human rights enshrined in the Olympic Charter, “takes this responsibility very seriously.”
“At the same time,” he said, “the IOC has no mandate or capacity to change the laws or political system of a sovereign country.” This should rightly remain the legitimate role of governments and relevant intergovernmental organizations. “
The IOC has done it many times stressed its neutrality in response to questions about the ethics of gaming in China. But in a private video call on October 6, 2020, IOC officials went even further.
The call, which lasted more than an hour and was attended by a group of six activists and five IOC officials, raised hopes but ended in tension, according to some activists.
Officials argued that the Olympics could be a stimulus for better infrastructure. They pointed to the 2008 Summer Olympics, arguing that when Beijing hosted that year, it helped improve the air quality of infrastructure.
“They still have air quality problems, but for the first time they mentioned that the blue sky was called ‘Olympic blue’ because it was the first time they had seen blue air in Beijing,” an official said in a statement.
China denounced one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Teng Biao. He told BuzzFeed News he was not impressed.
“It is extremely difficult to protect the Chinese government in terms of human rights or the rule of law,” Teng told BuzzFeed News. “So they can only find something like environmental policy.”
“The resumption of the Olympic Games in Beijing can be seen as a confirmation of the crimes of the CDP, including the Uyghur genocide,” he said.
During the 2008 Olympics, Teng lived in Beijing like other human rights advocates, he was banned from traveling, detained, and tortured during police detention prior to the Games. He said he had told officials that his experience showed that holding the Beijing Olympics again could be detrimental. Police can not comment. But IOC officials seemed indifferent, Teng said.
IOC Coordinating Committee Chairman Samaranch said in a statement that the Games were “an extraordinary force for good”, bringing together people of different racial denominations, “even political systems, ladies and gentlemen, even political systems”, as noted by BuzzFeed News. h:
“The world lives under many political systems,” he added. “We can not go, say, approve of one or the other.”
Zumretay Arkin, the World Uyghur Congress’s advocacy program, called IOC officials and said he had missing relatives in Xinjiang., He said that the officials said that they were sorry to hear that, but the world is a difficult place. A memory that responded to the notes as well as to other activists present at the meeting.
Arkin told BuzzFeed News that he strongly disagreed with IOC officials. “Everything has gotten worse since 2008,” he said. “We have a complete genocide, we have people in concentration camps. Are you telling us that the situation has not worsened?”
“We are suffering from that policy,” he added. “You would never have thought of hosting the Games in North Korea or anywhere else. “Why is China different?”
Free Tibetan students’ executive director Dorji set et al said he had told officials that he and others had taken risks to take revenge on their families by protesting the IOC’s decision. He noted that many Buddhist monks, other ethnic Tibetans, had been arrested or killed during decades of government propaganda. Violent demonstrations broke out in Tibet Ahead of the 2008 Games, ժամանակ the then President of the IOC said the protesters They were a “crisis” for the organization. But the people in charge of the video call did not seem to care, said set ethen.
“I was shocked,” he said. “How can I explain cold faces?” They did not even accept the suffering. “
Arkin and Teng և set said that discussions with the IOC had continued since October, including this month’s second call, but Arkin said nothing significant had changed. Politicians in the United States : Europe, including: Former US Ambassador to the UN Nicki HaleIn recent months, governments have been urged to boycott the Games. Critics say it could unfairly punish athletes. But activists say they see a diplomatic boycott as their only option, as the IOC is unlikely to move the games.
Human rights groups are also trying to crack down on companies such as Airbnb sever sponsorship ties With the 2022 games.
Set et others who took part in the protests before the 2008 Games say that China’s pressure on democracy in Hong Kong և the abuses in Xinjiang mean that they are even more defensive this time around.
“We told them that in the end this would be a genocide game,” the set said. “And in history, the IOC will be a part of that.”