Beijing 2022 – forever known as the #GenocideGames

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2022

On 4 February, for the first time in history, the Olympic Games will be hosted by a nation that the UK Parliament has deemed guilty of committing atrocities against the Uyghur people, a conclusion supported last month by the findings of the independent Uyghur Tribunal. The Chinese Government will use the Games to showcase its achievements as a nation and cover up the existence of the genocide and its failure to protect fundamental principles of human dignity and justice. Businesses and corporations continue with their sponsorship, privileging profit over the most basic of human rights, and implicitly endorsing genocidal repression. 

 

 

With the Games less than three weeks away, there is still time to challenge our MPs, business leaders and wider society to stop China using the Games to whitewash its attempt to destroy the Uyghurs.

Suggested actions:

  1. Write to your local MP to you to raise concerns over Airbnb’s and/or Coca Cola’s sponsorship of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, despite the Chinese Government being found guilty of torture, crimes against humanity, and genocide against Uyghurs. You can download template letter here (Airbnb) and here (Coca Cola)
  2. Attended an alternative opening ceremony on Thursday 3 February, hosted by Uyghur, Titan and Hong Kong communities (details to follow)
  3. Share our social media resource (Twitter; Facebook; Instagram)
  4. Support the Backbench Motion on Uyghur Genocide debate on Thursday 20 January 2022 to ensure as many MPs from across the political spectrum show up, speak out and vote in favour of this motion. this is a crucial step towards ensuring the UK upholds its legal duty to protect human rights and hold genocidal regimes accountable for mass-atrocities. More about the motion here.

Every interaction reminds your MP that their constituents are deeply concerned about human rights violations and are paying close attention to their representative’s voting record. Thank you for your support.

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