Ministers asked to threaten China with an Olympic boycott over Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region abuse

The Labor Party said royal members and British ministers should boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics unless China allows UN investigators to investigate alleged human rights abuses.

If Beijing refused to allow a thorough investigation of allegations of atrocities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and Culture Minister Oliver Dowden were asked to announce a political boycott of the convention.

Beijing strongly denies international claims about the treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, despite more than one million people being arbitrarily detained and alleged torture and forced sterilization. ..

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy and Shadow Culture Secretary Joe Stevens wrote to their counterparts stating the need for political action to deny the victory of the Chinese government’s public relations. wrote.

“We have consistently taken stronger actions to address this horrific situation, including broader sanctions on senior officials responsible for what is happening in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and stronger measures against forced labor. “I asked for it,” said a Labor lawmaker.

“We are now calling on the opportunity to insist on free UN access to Xinjiang to conduct a complete, transparent and independent investigation. This is the United Kingdom and others. It has been repeatedly requested by the government, but it has not yet been realized.

“If this is not allowed, the UK Government should not send ministers, royal members, or senior representatives to attend public affairs or ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics.

“The Chinese government wants the tournament to be diplomatically successful.

“Political boycotts by the United Kingdom and other states will signal a strong signal of deep global concern about the plight of Uighurs and prevent the convention from becoming a public relations campaign for Chinese authorities.”

Workers stopped demanding sports boycotts and argued that it was unfair to athletes who had been trained for four years to get the opportunity to participate, and to Chinese who were not responsible for the situation.

Opposition parties are political boycotts if China does not end “organized persecution” of Uighurs and does not allow inspectors access to Xinjiang by September 14, the opening ceremony of the UN General Assembly in New York. Should be triggered.

Nandy said: “As long as China continues to block access to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, self-respecting governments should not consider giving a PR coup to Beijing.

“The British Parliament has recently taken an unprecedented step in recognizing what’s happening to Uighurs as genocide. This was after the Tory Prime Minister deployed the red carpet to Beijing for a decade. It must be a turning point. “

David Hughes

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