The renowned NBA, announced it will withdraw from a sports training center located in Xinjiang, a region where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is holding more than 1 million people in concentration camps, according to The Washington Free Beacon of July 22.
The NBA continues doing business with companies linked to the CCP, such as Alibaba, apparently ignoring the serious human rights violations perpetrated by the CCP for decades.
More recently, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) sent a letter highlighting the NBA’s presence in Xinjiang, which has been called “one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones.”
“The NBA is reportedly continuing to operate a training center [in] Xinjiang,” Blackburn said, before asking directly, “What steps is the NBA taking to close this place?”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver did respond to Blackburn confirming the relationship with the sports academy was terminated a year ago.
In her letter Blackburn also reported that the CCP imprisons “800,000 and possibly over 2 million Uighurs and Kazakhs,” describing the mistreatment they are subjected to with, “torture, physical abuse, and prolonged detention without trial,” in addition to “forced sterilization treatments and abortions in a barbaric attempt to reduce Uighur birth rates.”
“The Chinese government [the CCP] is putting blindfolded Uighurs with shaven heads onto trains going to detention camps,” Blackburn later tweeted, attaching a video in which the BBC exposed the transport of prisoners by train.
“All because the Uighurs are Muslims. This is eerily familiar,” stressed Blackburn, referring to the persecution perpetrated by the CCP against millions of people whose only ‘crime’ is their firm adherence to spiritual traditions, as it is also the case with Falun Dafa practitioners and other Chinese citizens.
The Chinese Government is putting blind folded Uyghurs with shaven heads onto trains going to detention camps.
All because Uyghurs are Muslim.
This is eerily familiar. https://t.co/lNnXxSkA0d
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 19, 2020
The NBA has been criticized for maintaining its trade relations with the CCP, which even called for the dismissal of Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets basketball team, for supporting the protests of Hong Kong citizens who demanded respect for their rights by the CCP. Morey was not fired.
Guy Benson, Townhall’s political editor, in a July 15 article, refers to the priority given by the NBA and sports star LeBron James to their trade relations with the CCP over the protection of human rights.
“China’s grave anti-liberty, anti-human rights, and literally racist abuses are not to be questioned or acknowledged, given the NBA’s enormous financial interests in China,” Benson wrote.
He added, “The league, and LeBron personally, stand to make gobs of money from the Chinese market, so the totalitarian regime’s sensibilities mustn’t be ruffled, no matter how egregious its conduct may be.”