The European Parliament registered 585 votes in favor, 46 against and 41 abstentions, approving a request for a political and diplomatic boycott of the so-called ‘Genocide Olympics’ in Beijing, in rejection of the human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese Communist regime in Hong Kong.
This outcome also involves the call for further sanctions against Communist Party of China (CCP) officials and companies in Hong Kong and the rest of the country colluding in the abuses, according to German media outlet RP Online on Jan. 20.
It also demands that the CCP “must release detained political prisoners and drop charges against participants in peaceful protests,” RP says.
Moreover, the MEPs go against the so-called National Security Law, in force since 2020, which grants broad powers against alleged threats to public order.
Based on this law, the CCP can detain those it deems suspicious and take them out of Hong Kong for trial in Mainland China, where the dictatorship is known to rule without transparent legal processes.
In fact, leaders of peaceful demonstrations seeking to preserve democratic rights, which still persisted in Hong Kong, have already been arrested and convicted under the controversial legislation.
The same law was invoked to extend to Hong Kong the persecution of practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, which has been going on for decades in the rest of the country.
In this context, pro-Beijing lawmakers accused Falun Gong of violating the national security law on July 7, which a local leader of the discipline emphatically denied, according to the South China Morning Post.
The atrocities committed by the CCP are so serious that at least seven countries have diplomatically boycotted the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics to denounce them and to protest the inconsistency of the coexistence of these two circumstances in the same country.
Moreover, countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia have declared that the violations committed by the communist regime against millions of people in their territory constitute genocide, which is why the Olympics that begin on February 4 have also been dubbed the ‘Genocide Olympics’.
One of the most well-known abuses is the enslavement of members of the Uyghur ethnic group. The Xinjiang area is home to the Uyghur ethnic group, made up of Turkic-speaking Sunni Muslims who culturally see themselves as closer to Central Asian nations than to China, so for defending their beliefs, language and customs they are being subjected to brutal persecution by the Chinese regime.
Since 2017, an estimated 1 to 3 million people from these ethnic minorities have been locked up in Chinese Communist Party (CCP) concentration camps, and are subjected to slave labor under all kinds of torture and abuse.
According to a 2020 report, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) analyzed satellite images which revealed 380 suspected internment camp facilities, which the CCP calls ‘re-education centers’, built or expanded since that year.