Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus Co-Chairs Call for Diplomatic Boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games

Nov 19, 2021 Issues: International Human Rights

WASHINGTON – Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) yesterday introduced a resolution calling for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

According to the U.S. State Department, the Chinese Communist Party “has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.” Likewise, the Chinese Communist Party has systemically oppressed the people of Tibet, and dramatically curtailed the rights and freedoms of those living in Hong Kong through the draconian, anti-democratic “National Security Law.” In recent weeks, the Chinese military has mounted the largest-ever incursion into Taiwanese air space in a blatant attempt to intimidate and antagonize a valued U.S. ally.

In light of these grave human and civil rights abuses that violate the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Congressional Olympics and Paralympic Caucus co-chairs are calling upon the United States Government to withhold from sending a diplomatic delegation to the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics on behalf of the United States.

“The world must not stand idly by as the Chinese Communist Party commits genocide against the Uyghurs and continues its brutal crackdown in Tibet and Hong Kong,” said Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-02). “The Chinese Government’s violent, anti-democratic actions go against every Olympic and Paralympic value that we hold dear. The United States should not legitimize the Chinese Communist Party’s grave civil and human rights abuses by sending our dignitaries to Beijing.”

“The Olympics contribute to building a peaceful and better world by exchanging different cultures and beliefs through competitive sports. Every country on the international stage as an Olympic and Paralympic host city should be held accountable for their actions,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07). “By taking these steps to decline sending diplomatic delegations to the 2022 Beijing games, the U.S. can stand in firm opposition to the Chinese government’s continued acts of genocide and repression.”

“China has been engaged in threatening and oppressive behavior, highlighted by its actions in Hong Kong and against Uyghurs,” said Rep. John Curtis (UT-03). “This bipartisan resolution not only calls for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics but also pushes for the International Olympic Committee to establish a process to disqualify countries if their governments are actively committing mass atrocities during the bidding process or after their selection as a host of the Games.”

“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has consistently demonstrated their blatant disregard for human life, and should never have been rewarded with the hosting of the Olympic Games,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21). “I am proud to stand against the Chinese regime reaping the significant diplomatic benefits of hosting this event while engaged in a horrific genocide against Uyghur minorities, suppression of democracy in Hong Kong, and rampant human rights abuses against the Chinese people. My colleagues and I will always advocate for human rights and exposing the crimes perpetrated by the CCP—we encourage the rest of the free world to follow suit and join us in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.” 

Text of the resolution is available here.

 

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