The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) organized a bicycle rally from Bengaluru to the national capital New Delhi with a call for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics condemning Chinese aggression.
The cycling rally will be launched on Friday on the occasion of World Human Rights Day.
The purpose of the cycling rally is to draw international attention to China’s gross human rights abuses in Tibet and East Turkestan (Xinjiang) which have been under Chinese occupation.
“We call on and appeal to the basic human conscience of all people and boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics in solidarity with the people of Tibet, Xinjiang, Southern Mongolia and Hong Kong who are suffering from the repression and oppression,” said RTYC President Tsering. said Chomphel.
While sport should ideally be kept out of politics in normal times, however, Chinese atrocities against Tibetans and Uyghurs in the form of increased deaths in police custody, torture , forced sterilization, enforced disappearance, genocide and the operation of the mass concentration camps raise fundamental questions about the basic tenets of humanity, he said.
“We cannot and must take sport away from basic moral principles. The international community cannot continue as usual with China regarding its repressions at home and its aggressions abroad, borders Himalayas from India to Taiwan and the South China Sea,” he said.
The world had already given China the opportunity to host the 2008 Olympics in the hope that this same opportunity would give Chinese leaders a gradual impetus to improve the human rights situation, but the Chinese government has did the opposite of what the international community had done. expected of him, he explained.
“The International Olympic Committee is fully complicit in the ongoing cultural genocide and systematic repressions in Tibet and Xinjiang by not raising the same issue with China,” he alleged.
“We call on all concerned international governments, NGOs, businesses and sportspeople to boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics in order to hold China accountable for its gross human rights abuses. The international community should shine a spotlight on China’s horrific human tolls in Tibet and Xinjiang, instead of letting China whitewash its crimes against humanity, including genocide and repression, he said.
International events like the Olympics should be a celebration of human brotherhood, freedom and dignity and should never be sold as a platform for a totalitarian and imperialist regime to whitewash crimes against humanity, he said. he demanded. -IANS