More than half of Canadians have favored boycotting Canada’s participation in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing citing human rights violations against Uyghurs, according to a survey.
Online polling of 1,000 Canadians found that 54 percent believe that the country “definitely should /probably should” boycott the international competition, while 24 percent said “probably should not /definitely should not” according to Canadian polling firm Research Co. China-Canada relations have taken a downward turn, with both sides hurling insults and threats. The feud began after Canada agreed to a US request to extradite a Huawei executive. This led to retaliation by China with two Canadians – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – being confined over espionage allegations. In February, Canada’s House of Commons voted 266-0, with abstentions by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most members of the federal cabinet, on a resolution that equated China’s treatment
of the Uyghur minority population to genocide and urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to find a different host for the upcoming Winter Games.
The World Uyghur Congress, a human rights group, has urged International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission to personally make a ruling on a complaint the group filed to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing.
The rights group that represents Uyghurs Muslims in China, had filed a complaint with the Olympic committee’s ethics commission in August 2020 requesting the organisation to reconsider holding the 2022 Olympics in China due to “verifiable evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity taking place against the Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims by the People’s Republic of China.” Since January 21 this year the US Government, the Parliaments of Canada, and the Netherlands have officially recognized China’s atrocities against the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan as genocide.
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