Don’t watch the CCP's Genocide Olympics


As the Beijing Winter Olympics officially kicks off tomorrow, athletes from around the globe will compete in a showcase of the very best of human athleticism. Simultaneously, approximately 2,800 km away from the snowfields, the ethnic minority Uyghurs face genocide in the remote Xinjiang province. One million languish in forced concentration camps, facing repression, “re-education”, forced labour, forced sterilisation and abortion, as well as sexual abuse and other crimes against humanity.

The Uyghur Tribunal, an independent tribunal established and chaired by International Criminal Court barrister Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, found in a landmark report that “On the basis of evidence heard in public, the tribunal is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the People’s Republic of China, by the imposition of measures to prevent births intended to destroy a significant part of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang as such, has committed genocide” and that “This vast apparatus of state repression could not exist if a plan was not authorised at the highest levels.” The BBC similarly documented severe human rights abuses in a report last year, including Uyghurs that had been “systematically raped, sexually abused, and tortured.”

A few days ago, Human Rights Watch released a statement with over 240 NGO’s stating that the Games “will open amid atrocity crimes and other grave human rights violations by the Chinese government.” 

Many nations, including Australia, the USA, the UK, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark, have committed to a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Dictatorship’s human rights abuses. The White House, when announcing the USA’s boycott, cited “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses”.

The CCP dictatorship is not hosting the Games for its love for sport. It’s hosting it to manipulate the pageantry of one of the largest and most prestigious international events for its propaganda. It’s an opportunity to refresh its diplomatic engagement with the world after the period of “wolf warrior diplomacy” inflicted far greater damage than any of its supposed benefits. Chairman for Life Xi Jinping has since ordered his officials and diplomats to tone down the aggressive posturing, hoping to move the international needle toward a “credible, lovable and respectable image of China.” This is the same Chairman for Life who marked 100 years since the Communist Party’s founding with false and domestic propaganda that “The Chinese people have never bullied, oppressed, or enslaved the people of other countries. At the same time, the Chinese people will never allow any foreign forces to bully, oppress or enslave us. Anyone who dares try to do that will have their heads bashed bloody against a Great Wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.”       

The Games has adopted the benign motto of “Together for a shared future”, but we know from the 2008 Games and the pageantry, media and player gags, increased repression and careful staging of one of the world’s biggest events that we are in for a repeat of 2008 but that it will be far worse.

The CCP Dictatorship may want a shared future, but it’s also a future that’s free from Uyghurs, house Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, Hong Kongers, Tibetans, dissidents and anyone else who speaks out in favour of fundamental freedoms.    

  Senator Abetz is the Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security.

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Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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