On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada would be joining the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in China over genocide and other human rights violations by the Communist nation.
“We are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government,” Trudeau said. “I don’t think the decision by Canada or by many other countries to choose to not send diplomatic representation to the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics is going to come as a surprise to China. We have been very clear over the past many years of our deep concerns around human rights violations.”
Trudeau’s announcement comes after the Biden administration announced a similar boycott that was soon followed by other countries.
“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.
China has been committing genocide and other human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims and other groups for years. As Radio Free Asia reported, China has been conducting a “mass internment campaign, as well as other state policies such as government-mandated homestays, a mass birth-prevention strategy, the forcible transfer of Uyghur children to state-run facilities, the eradication of Uyghur identity, and the selectively targeting of intellectuals and other leaders as evidence of intent to destroy the ethnic group.”
According to BBC News, “Women in China’s ‘re-education’ camps for Uighurs have been systematically raped, sexually abused, and tortured.” Tursunay Ziawudun, who spent nine months in one of China’s concentration camps, told BBC News that “women were removed from the cells ‘every night’ and raped by one or more masked Chinese men. She said she was tortured and later gang-raped on three occasions, each time by two or three men.”