Pressure is mounting on the Olympic Committee to prevent the next Olympic Games from being held in China because of the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal repression of religious minorities and political dissidents. Now Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has joined in an op-ed calling for the United States to conduct an “economic and diplomatic” boycott of the event scheduled to be held in Beijing in 2022.

Criticism of Beijing as host of the 2022 Olympics intensified on Monday, March 15, when Romney published an op-ed in the The New York Times, calling for a U.S. economic and diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Games because of the proven human rights violations under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“China deserves our condemnation. The Chinese Communist Party has reneged on its agreement to allow Hong Kong self rule; it has brutally suppressed peaceful demonstrators and incarcerated respected journalists,” Romney said in his opinion piece.

“It is exacting genocide against Uighurs and other ethnic minorities;” Romney continued, ”Uighur women are forcefully sterilized or impregnated by Han Chinese men. Adults, ripped from their families, are sentenced into forced labor and concentration camps.”  

The senator wrote that banning our athletes from participating is one of the options being proposed by some, but it would not be quite the right move. 

“The right answer is an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. American spectators—other than families of our athletes and coaches—should stay at home, preventing us from contributing to the enormous revenues the Chinese Communist Party will raise from hotels, meals and tickets,” Romney wrote.

Romney is inviting everyone to be part of the boycott not only the U.S. government but also large American corporations that usually participate in these types of events, and also the general public, anyone who is thinking of attending or simply watching the event on television. 

The senator also stressed the importance of the United States and other nations communicating with the International Olympic Committee to express their repudiation of awarding Olympic Games to repressive regimes. He added that NBC, which broadcasts the Olympics, “can refrain from showing any jingoistic elements of the opening and closing ceremonies and instead broadcast documented reports of China’s abuses.”

Pressure is mounting on Olympic Committee authorities, however no member has so far made any concrete statement on the claims.

Zumretay Arkin, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, along with 160 other human rights groups sent an open letter last year to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach requesting that the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics be withdrawn from China.

As reported by The Associated Press, the signatories sought to remind Bach that his predecessor, Jacques Rogge, had previously been warned about the controversial decision to award Beijing the 2008 Summer Olympics. Those warnings were ignored and consequently ended up hurting the IOC’s reputation for its mistaken belief that the 2008 Olympics would bring about a change in the Chinese communist regime’s human rights policies.

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