Human Rights concerned in Olympics

By Christine Lee

Published Date: 2021 / 09 / 09


Nowadays, the world considers human rights as essential. As we have been through a lot of history in which humans abuse each other, now our goal is to respect each of the individuals and their characteristics. However, as the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is raising concerns about violating human rights, voices are calling out for a boycott of the Games.

As the standard of human rights becomes stricter, it is nearly impossible for governments to lead the country without violating human rights. However, “China is the only Olympic host actively committing crimes against humanity...including mass arbitrary detention, torture, mass surveillance, cultural and religious erasure, separation of families, forced labor, and sexual violence and violations of reproductive rights against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the regions”.

When COVID-19 struck the world, China was extremely cautious in its approach to this problem. The decision they made was poor— it covered up news about COVID-19 and deaths caused during the pandemic. This cover-up provided accurate information for the government but did not provide it to the citizens— including Chinese and the world at large. The Chinese government also harassed families of those who died of the virus. The voices of concern are getting louder as the Olympics approaches, especially regarding the treatment of athletes.

These concerns were raised not only because of the current treatment of citizens, but also due to the violation of human rights in Hong Kong. Last year, China committed indiscriminate violence against Hong Kong citizens, “including jailing legislators and journalists, and devastating press and other freedoms”.

Beyond the Olympics game, most of the world put athlete’s safety as a priority. This made several countries boycott the Olympics games in China. The European Union, United States, Canada, and other countries are claiming that they aren’t going to send their precious athletics to countries that violate human rights.

In an unprecedented move, legislators in the European Union, United States, Canada, and other countries are pushing for a diplomatic boycott. This wouldn’t affect the athletes. But it would mean the countries wouldn’t send presidents or other government officials to the Olympics in a way that would imply support for Beijing’s awful repression. The decision is still not made, but there hasn’t also been a reply from Beijing. We are hoping that both sides will come up with a compromise that will protect human rights as it progresses with the Olympics.

(Co-host city of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics to increase hydrogen production/Daniel Etchells)

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