U.S. Representative Michael McCaul Joins Call to Move 2022 Olympics from China Due to Persecution of Uyghurs
WASHINGTON COUNTY, TX – By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, the House’s top Republican on foreign policy matters, joined fellow Republicans and Democrats in calling on the International Olympic Committee to withdraw the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.
McCaul, his Democratic counterpart on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Representative Gregory Meeks from New York, and a bipartisan group of colleagues on Monday introduced a resolution calling on the IOC “to move the Winter Games to 2022 unless that the Chinese government does not put an end to its ongoing crimes against the Uyghur people, ”according to a press release.
Uyghurs are a predominantly Muslim group who live in the northwest region of China. The Chinese persecution of these people is said to include indoctrination camps and the forced sterilization of women.
“The [Chinese Communist Party]The genocide against Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities is the moral test of our time, ”McCaul said in a statement. “By giving the CCP the opportunity to cover up its atrocities and improve its image on the world stage, the IOC is violating its own principles and tarnishing its own brand image. “
“I am proud to stand alongside members on both sides of [the] gone, alongside allies of other democratic countries, to hold the CIO and the CCP accountable, ”added the Republican of Austin.
The resolution stated that the US House considered “the principles of solidarity and non-discrimination of the Olympic Charter (…) minorities. “
He also said that when the Olympic Games were held in China in 2008, “Olympic athletes, spectators and the international media saw their fundamental freedoms seriously threatened.” During the summer games, human rights groups and media outlets around the world protested against several actions of the Chinese government. Reporters Without Borders reported that they were “attacked or arrested or otherwise hindered during the games”.
In the midst of that year’s Olympics, media around the world protested China’s internet censorship of journalists. The IOC eventually admitted that it had allowed the Chinese government to restrict internet access.
The resolution further cautioned the IOC against rejecting the movement as “mere political concerns”. A “desire to stay above politics is no way to turn a blind eye to atrocious mass crimes.”
Some members of Congress from both parties have spent the past few weeks joining calls by human rights groups at various levels to boycott the 2022 games. Some members suggest a diplomatic boycott, in which leaders of the The state is avoiding participating in the event, while other members are calling for an economic boycott, in which US citizens do not travel to China as spectators of the competitions.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the committee on Monday and said he was working with allies to find a “common approach” to deal with the controversy of the 2022 Olympics.
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texatribune.org/2021/06/07/michael-mccaul-olympics-china/.
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