STATEMENTS

July 8, 2020

The #NoRightsNoGames campaign expresses deep concern over emerging evidence in the Uyghur region of China that appears to indicate an ongoing genocide.

We urge the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to immediately act to ensure that the 2022 Olympic Winter Games are not held in a country that commits these appalling abuses against its own people.

The IOC has made it clear on numerous occasions its respect for human rights and the preservation of human dignity, and the United Nations has repeatedly affirmed this in its own resolutions.

The Olympic ideals and the Olympic Movement itself will be irreversibly damaged if the Games are allowed to be held in a country with abuses on such a dramatic scale. It’s past time to start living up to those ideals and preserving the Olympic Movement.

The Games must be cancelled and relocated unless there is immediate attention to this issue from the Chinese government and the IOC.

A petition has been signed by 130,000 people urging the IOC to “take urgent action to ensure the camps are closed” and Uyghur rights respected if China wishes to host.

We reiterate that the IOC has a clear responsibility to ensure that the Olympic Games are held in a country that respects international norms.

We remind China and the IOC that we do not want a Genocide Olympics in 2022.