Athletes warned against speaking up on human rights at Beijing Games

19/1/2022 12:08:00 AM

Athletes warned against speaking up on human rights at Beijing Games

Athletes warned against speaking up on human rights at Beijing Games

Athletes travelling to next month's Beijing Olympics were warned on Tuesday about speaking up on human rights issues while in China for their own safety by speakers at a seminar hosted by Human Rights Watch.Rights groups have long criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for awarding the Games

Athletes travelling to next month's Beijing Olympics were warned on Tuesday about speaking up on human rights issues while in China for their own safety by speakers at a seminar hosted by Human Rights Watch.Rights groups have long criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for awarding the Games to China, citing the treatment by the Chinese government of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups, which the United States has deemed genocide. China denies the allegations of human rights abuses.

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Rights groups have long criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for awarding the Games to China, citing the treatment by the Chinese government of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups, which the United States has deemed genocide. China denies the allegations of human rights abuses. President Joe Biden for sending"mixed signals" on human rights. "There's really not much protection that we believe is going to be afforded to athletes," Rob Koehler, the director general of the Global Athlete group, said in the seminar. You have reached your limit of subscriber-only articles this month."Silence is complicity and that's why we have concerns. 13, Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of the human rights advocacy group, pointed out that Biden had promised a foreign policy that would be"guided by human rights" when he initially took office. "So we're advising athletes not to speak up. Last week, carmakers Toyota and Volkswagen shut down their factories in the city.

We want them to compete and use their voice when they get home.S.." Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states that"no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas". "Chinese laws are very vague on the crimes that can be used to prosecute people's free speech," Human Rights Watch researcher Yaqiu Wang said. Roth continued to raise several examples of Biden choosing to prioritise domestic challenges over the condemnation of human rights violations by other governments. "People can be charged with picking quarrels or provoking trouble. There are all kinds of crimes that can be levelled at peaceful, critical comments." He further said even though the U. The Tianjin outbreak has already spread to Anyang in Henan province and the coastal port of Dalian, Liaoning province.

" Noah Hoffman, a cross-country skier who represented the U.S. State Department has"issued occasional protests about repression in certain countries", Biden's voice was"often missing". at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Games, said the American team was being shielded from questions about human rights. "I feel fear for my team mates going to China," Hoffman said. For instance, while Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, he only said they had discussed"human rights" but failed to elaborate on the consequences should these leaders' acts of repression continued."I know my team mates are being shielded about questions on these issues for their own safety. GUANGDONG The southern province, home to several major manufacturing hubs in the heavily populated Pearl River Delta, is battling simultaneous Omicron and Delta outbreaks in at least four cities, leading to targeted lockdowns and mass testing.

"We should never be having to protect athletes from speaking out about issues that they think are really important.. "My hope for athletes there is that they stay silent because they are not only going to be prosecuted by the Chinese authorities, but they could also be punished by the IOC." Concerns about data privacy and spying at the Games were raised on Tuesday when a smartphone app built by China to monitor the health of attendees was reported to contain security flaws.) were left uncertain about the backing they had received," Roth said. "When it comes to surveillance, we know it's there," Koehler said. "There are reasons that several countries have come out and asked athletes not to bring their own mobile devices.S. All tourist attractions were closed and long-distance bus and water transport routes suspended.

Any person of a sane mind who hears these things must have concerns." The IOC said in an emailed response to a request for comment from Reuters that the Olympic body"recognises and upholds human rights as enshrined in both the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Charter and in its Code of Ethics" at all times. However, in a bid to counter China's influence, he has courted non-democracies such as Vietnam due to their strategic importance vis-à-vis China, as well as. The Winter Olympics are set to begin on Feb. 4. Several countries including the United States, Britain, Japan and Australia have announced diplomatic boycotts of the Games over concerns about human rights in China. Meanwhile, the cities of Anyang and Yuzhou have been placed under lockdown, affecting around six million residents.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis) Source: Reuters .