Major opposition calls on German government to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics

German politician: silence about human rights abuses is a political statement

Germany’s main opposition — Parliament is calling on Parliament to boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics Winter Olympics because of the human rights violations of the Chinese administration. Meanwhile, the former Vice President of the EU Parliament is calling on politicians around the world to boycott the Olympics.

On April 18, Gyde Jensen (FDP), chairman of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Committee of Parliament, told the German newspaper Die Welt on the persecution of Uighurs and other human rights abuses: .. Those who remain silent about the most serious human rights abuses, such as the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, have also issued political statements. “

Jensen believes that a political boycott is urgently needed. They will favor the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and make their public place part of the CCP’s promotion. She urges the German Olympic Sports Federation and other sports associations to “educate athletes on the human rights situation in the country and raise awareness that sports cannot be non-political.”

Margarete Bose of Grune, a member of parliament and a human rights expert, told Dai Welt: In Hong Kong, international law has also been broken while the world is watching, and opposition members have been sentenced to arbitrary imprisonment. “

She emphasized that the world should not miss these crimes and that the Beijing Winter Olympics “must be politically banished.” Political and economic boycotts are important, but she said there was no opposition to athletes who trained hard for the game. By refusing to participate in the Olympics, politicians will give Beijing a clear signal. She added that the International Olympic Committee, sports federations, and businesses are also responsible. “I hope the sponsors do not take part in the crimes against humanity of the totalitarian regime,” Bose said.

Margarete Bose is also co-chair of the Alliance on China Policy, an “international parliamentary group working to reform the democratic approach to China.” She suggested in March that politicians around the world should take a moral position and boycott the Beijing Olympics because of the human rights abuses of the administration.

In addition, on April 18, Edward McMillan-Scott, who served as Vice President of the European Parliament four times from 2004 to 2014 and was in charge of human rights and democracy, published an article in the British media and published an article in the world “China’s Take an attitude against action. ” Boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics. “

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Edward McMillan-Scott (L), Vice President of the European Parliament and Democratic Congressman Albert Ho, is next to a portrait of Zhisheng Gao, an imprisoned human rights lawyer on the mainland. McMillan Scott is a frank critic of China’s terrible human rights record. (Mike Clark / AFP / Getty Images)

He is a person in China because he has voiced blame for human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party administration, including persecution of Chinese minorities and religious groups, including Falun Gong practitioners, Zhisheng Gao, and Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

In early April, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States was discussing a collaborative approach with its allies to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

“As I said, we have no announcement about Beijing Olympics. 2022 is still a long way off, but we continue to work closely with our allies and partners to define common concerns. [People’s Republic of China], “He wrote.

More Americans support boycotts, according to a survey conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Forty-nine percent of those who responded to the survey said they supported the boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in response to human rights abuses in China, and 46% opposed such boycotts.

Kathy He contributed to this report.