Indian-American politician Nikki Haley and some top US Republican leaders have demanded that the US boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing citing the “horrific” human rights abuses committed by China.
Beijing is scheduled to host the Winter Olympics from February 4 to 20, 2022.
“It is no secret that China wants to use the Winter Olympics as part of its massive communist propaganda campaign,” Haley said on Friday as she launched a campaign to demand President Joe Biden, a Democrat, announce a boycott of the games.
“We cannot sit back and watch China use the Olympics to cover up its horrific human rights abuses,” the Republican leader said.
In a letter to President Biden, Senator Rick Scott has requested a meeting to discuss the “horrific human rights atrocities” occurring across China and called for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to select a new site for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Haley said that “we need to stand up to China, and we need to do it now. That’s why I’m asking you to join me and sign our petition calling on President Biden to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in China”.
If America participates in the Olympic Games in Beijing, the “Chinese Communist Party will claim it as further proof of China’s good global standing and world leadership,” she said.
In his letter, Senator Scott stressed that under no circumstance should the global community give China an international platform to “whitewash its crimes, which is what will happen if they are allowed to host the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing”.
“I request your immediate attention and the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the horrific human rights atrocities occurring across Communist China and the effort to select a new site for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games,” Scott said.
Many human rights organisations have called for a boycott of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in protest against China’s mass human rights abuses.
Meanwhile, in an op-ed for Fox News, Haley said that the US should boycott the games given China’s “threats abroad and tyranny at home”.
“If the United States boycotts the Winter Olympics, it will send an unmistakable message that China’s tyranny and threats are unacceptable. It will show that actions have consequences. President Biden must make the decision to boycott. It shouldn’t be a tough one,” she said.