Why U.K. Is Boycotting Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games?

The decision by Britain to join a diplomatic boycott of next year’s 2022 Winter Olympics Games in Beijing—along with similar measures already taken by the U.S. and Australia—has been prompted in large part by China’s treatment of the Muslim.

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government will “effectively” launch a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, since none of his cabinet ministers or any other government officials are expected to travel to China for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The U.S. State Department announced a boycott of the Olympics in China on Monday, saying the “ongoing genocide” and “crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang meant that officials could not contribute to the Games’ page.

Which countries will join

The United Kingdom is the first of several countries to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games by threatening to initiate a diplomatic boycott to protest Chinese human rights violations in Xinjiang. This mass exodus from the Winter Olympics began with a report published by The Economic Times which alleged that China is detaining up to one million people in political re-education camps in Xinjiang.

The UK, France, and Germany are boycotting the upcoming Winter Olympics in China to protest against the People’s Republic of China’s aggressive crackdown on Uyghurs among them political prisoners. The Uyghur ethnic minority is being persecuted by personnel deployed into the region to persecute and spy on dissidents.

The report cited an exiled Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa who says authorities are attempting to counter criticism of China’s human rights record before the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

 

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