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Beijing 2022: MPs in House of Commons support diplomatic boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in China
July 15, 2021
The movement said the UK ought to decline invites for its representatives to attend the Winter Olympics subsequent yr until the Chinese language authorities ‘ends the atrocities’ occurring within the Xinjiang area
By PA Media
Final Up to date: 15/07/21 8:47pm
MPs have authorised a parliamentary movement criticising Beijing’s internet hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics and calling for a UK diplomatic boycott.
The proposal argued the showpiece sporting occasion shouldn’t be held in a “nation whose authorities is credibly accused of mass atrocity crimes”.
It added the UK ought to decline invites for its representatives to attend the Winter Olympics subsequent yr until the Chinese language authorities “ends the atrocities” occurring within the Xinjiang area, with warnings that “genocide” is happening towards Uighur Muslims.
MPs additionally need sanctions imposed on UK politicians and others to be lifted. The movement is non-binding on the Authorities however attracted assist from throughout the Home.
Conservative former chief Sir Iain Duncan Smith stated permitting China to go forward with the Winter Olympics subsequent yr is akin to “appeasing Hitler”.
He instructed the Commons: “We’ve got forgotten what occurred after we appeased one other ghastly dictatorship. Sixty million folks died on account of our failure after we appeased them and we’re on the identical course right now.
“And this debate right now about boycotting these Olympics isn’t just a token.
“We all know that China is delicate when it will get international criticism, when folks shine the torch on what goes on behind it. We all know they react.
“Why do we all know that? As a result of they sanction folks like myself and lots of of my colleagues on this chamber and the European Parliament.”
Labour MP Afzal Khan (Manchester Gorton) stated: “Regardless of condemnation from all sides of the home, together with the Authorities, there’s nonetheless a gaping chasm between rhetoric and motion.
“We can’t on the one hand recognise genocide and on the opposite ship dignitaries and diplomats to the Beijing Olympics.”
Conservative former minister Tim Loughton, who tabled the movement, stated the UK would observe within the steps of america if it agreed to a diplomatic boycott.
Mr Loughton, who’s presently topic to Chinese language sanctions himself, additionally warned previous makes an attempt to affect China had failed.
He stated: “The awarding of the 2008 Olympics to Beijing was accompanied by the Worldwide Olympics Committee promising that the Video games would act as a catalyst for human rights reform in China.
“Nicely, a broadly acknowledged genocide in Xinjiang later, 1000’s of Tibetans arrested, imprisoned, displaced, tortured and killed later, the snuffing out of free speech and political freedoms in Hong Kong, and the trashing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and imposition of their nationwide safety legislation later, that went nicely did not it?”
Labour later requested whether or not the Authorities needed the Queen to be within the “uncomfortable place” of “showing to endorse a regime liable for genocide”.
Shadow Overseas Workplace minister Stephen Kinnock requested: “Does he assume it’s proper that the Prime Minister is ready to place members of the royal household, and by affiliation Her Majesty the Queen, within the uncomfortable place of showing to endorse a regime that’s liable for genocide?”
Overseas Workplace minister Nigel Adams replied: “Because the Prime Minister has beforehand made clear, no selections have but been made about UK Authorities attendance at these Winter Olympics in Beijing.”
Mr Adams added “strong motion” had already been taken towards China, together with sanctions and measures to make sure British corporations and their provide chains weren’t “complicit” in Chinese language authorities actions in Xinjiang.