Eleven U.S. senators have joined together in a campaign against human rights violations by the Chinese regime, demanding that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) change the venue of the 2022 Olympics unless abuses are stopped.
“China’s human rights abuses and crackdown on democracy leave it well short of the Olympic Charter standard that calls for the preservation of human dignity and denounces discrimination of any kind,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass).
Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Markley submitted to the IOC a bipartisan resolution calling for the host city, Beijing to be changed for the 2022 Winter Olympics, should the Chinese regime fail to address the human rights claims that are continually being challenged.
“Communist China should not be allowed to host the 2022 Olympic Games while simultaneously running concentration camps, violating human rights, and oppressing the people of Hong Kong,” Scott said.
The resolution was also supported by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), (R-Tenn.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.).
Inhofe made the same statement and considered the oppression that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is subjecting its citizens to in the re-education camps located in Xinjiang, one of its autonomous territories where Uighur Muslims are persecuted, to be shameless.
” It is unacceptable that a totalitarian regime with a clear record of oppression is slated to host the 2022 Olympic Games, which are meant to represent unity and peace,” said McSally.
The IOC has been the subject of public outcry over its failure to address human rights violations by cities, host states, and their private contractors.
In turn, China is the scene of multiple human rights violations, and the Chinese regime is constantly criticized.
At the July 18 Washington Ministerial Conference for the Advancement of Religious Freedom, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo publicly called for religious freedom in China.
“In September of last year, Chen Huixia, a member of the Falun Gong, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison simply for practicing his faith,” Pompeo said.
“China is home to one of the worst human rights crises of our time. It is truly the stain of the century,” he added.
On the same date, nearly 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners and followers gathered at the Capitol in Washington, calling for an end to the 20-year oppression of the spiritual movement by the Chinese regime, according to Minghui, a website that denounces the persecution of this ancient faith based on the universal principles of truth, compassion and tolerance.
Since 1999, millions of people have been kidnapped, imprisoned, tortured, fired from their jobs, expelled from school, or forced to become homeless because of their religious practice.
More than 80,000 cases of torture have also been recorded, and thousands of Falun Dafa followers had been killed for their faith.