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Both countries said on Friday that Denmark would not send diplomats to next month’s Beijing Winter Olympics, the latest to boycott the event over human rights abuses in China and the Netherlands keeping its diplomats at home.

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Denmark will not send an official diplomatic delegation to the Games, with Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofodo Saying It is “very concerned about the human rights situation in China,” Reuters and Agence France-Presse reported.

The Netherlands is also not sending a government delegation, claiming that China’s COVID-19 rules will make it difficult for Dutch diplomats to discuss their “serious concerns” about human rights, said foreign ministry spokesman Frits Kempermann. said Reuters on Friday.

The United States announced a diplomatic boycott of the Games last month due to Beijing’s alleged repression of the Muslim Uighur minority in the country’s Xinjiang region, and Australia, the UK and Canada soon joined, pledging to send athletes but not in Beijing. There was no government official. ,

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno also said Last month the country would not send a government delegation to the Games because it believes it is important for China to ensure freedom, respect for basic human rights and the rule of law, though he refrained from referring to the move as a diplomatic one. To boycott

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