The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not pressure China over its human rights record ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, a senior official said on Wednesday as several human rights groups and some US lawmakers have called for a boycott of the Games. The Chinese government’s treatment of Uighurs and its action on Hong Kong.
Addressing the press in Australia, IOC Vice-President John Coates said that human rights issues facing a sovereign nation were not within the committee’s scope.
Coates said the IOC’s approval was limited to ensuring that there were no human rights abuses in relation to the conduct of the Games within National Olympic Committees or “within the Olympic Movement”.
He further said that the IOC does not have the ability to go to any country and tell them what to do and ensure that the conditions stipulated in the host contract are followed.
Asked about the IOC’s decision to intervene in Afghanistan – where the body said it helped about 100 members of the “Olympic community” leave the country on humanitarian visas – Coates insisted that it would take the committee’s approval. was inside.
Coates also said that he did not see any point in boycotting the Games in any country as nothing had been gained from such moves in the past.
In May, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Games, meaning no official delegation would be sent to Beijing while athletes were still allowed to compete. British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has also indicated he will not attend the Games, even though his tendency is to “separate sport from diplomacy and politics”. Earlier this year, several Western countries, including the US, UK, Canada and the European Union, restrictions imposed On Beijing for alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. China has been accused of confining mostly Muslim Uyghur residents of the region in camps, where they reportedly face torture, forced labor and sexual abuse. leaked documents And satellite images. Beijing has also come under fire for its ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.