China is using Olympics as a ‘tool’ to ‘legitimize its abuses,’ human rights researcher says

China is using the 2022 Winter Olympics to “legitimize its human rights abuses,” a human rights researcher told Fox News, adding that “the rest of the world should stay away.”

Bejing is set to host the Olympics starting in early February. The U.S. government and advocacy groups have accused China of persecuting Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims and using them for forced labor in the Chinese region of Xinjiang.

“It’s not just a sports event. The Chinese government is using the event to showcase the country to legitimize the standing of the country, to legitimize its policies, including the many human rights abuses,” Yaqiu Wang, a senior China researcher with Human Rights Watch, told Fox News.

“To be part of that is to be used as a tool by the Chinese Communist Party to legitimize its abuses. Including the situation in Xinjiang,” Wang said. “That is why the rest of the world should stay away from the Olympic Games.”

With the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics less than a month away, Human Rights Watch has ramped up its boycott of the games. It’s pressured Olympic sponsors to use their influence as business partners with the Chinese government to stop the country’s persecution of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and activists in Hong Kong and to reform its policies regarding Tibet and Taiwan.

Sponsors under The Olympic Partner program include 13 major companies, such as Visa, Bridgestone, Omega, Proctor & Gamble and Samsung.

“We wrote to each of them, including Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Allianz,” Wang said. “I mean, they are bankrolling the Beijing Olympics.”

Only Allianz responded to Human Rights Watch, but its answer wasn’t satisfactory, Wang said.

An estimated one million people are imprisoned in the camps in Xinjiang, according to Wang. Other Uyghurs and Turkic Muslims who are not in the camps are under heavy surveillance and have no freedom of movement or freedom of speech.

Human Rights Watch has deemed China’s actions “crimes against humanity,” Wang said.

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