Japan joins diplomatic boycott of Beijing OlympicsPosted by Annie May / December 11, 2021
Japan has joined the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, joining a number of countries already doing so.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, has announced that the nation will not send government officials to the Beijing Olympics out of protect for China’s human right’s violations. The Biden administration, meanwhile, is also expected to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics, meaning that no government officials will attend the games but athletes still will.
Canada was, weeks ago, discussions with its closest partners to organize a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. This week, aA UK-based investigatory tribunal said that it had sufficient evidence to call Chinese treatment of Uighurs genocide.
Three pro-Tibet protestors have been arrested in Greece for advocating a boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Increasing calls for boycotting the Beijing Olympics are increasing tensions with China all over the world. Thirteen MPs from Canada have signed a letter to the International Olympic Committee , urging them to relocate the Olympics from Beijing in protest of the genocide they’re perpetrating against Uighurs.
The U.S. State Department has also labeled China’s treatment of the Uighur people genocide, the harshest criticism of Beijing’s action and a signal that the international community may increase pressure on Beijing.
Last month, the United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) has concluded, finally, that “crimes against humanity – and possibly genocide – are occurring” against the Uighur people.
“What caught my eye was that they actually use specific language saying that China needs to ‘upgrade population quality,’” she said. “They need to ‘optimize their birth policy.’ They even use a term … which is effectively emphasizing the role of eugenics in population planning in China.”