Human rights groups are calling for global broadcasters, including those in the U.S., to drop their intentions to cover the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
The major sports event is alleged to have the intention of helping the Chinese government to restore its international image among other gains, which had been tainted with the barbaric genocide of minority and religious groups.
“All of your companies are at serious risk of being complicit in China’s plan to ‘sport wash’ the severe and worsening human rights abuses and embolden the actions of the Chinese authorities,” said the open letter, which was first obtained by the Associated Press.
Despite countless testimonies from survivors and also former Chinese officials, the Chinese Communist Party has constantly denied the abuses, which include forced organ harvesting, forced labor, forced sterilization, and other torture methods.
“By broadcasting Beijing 2022 your companies will legitimize these abuses and promote what is being widely described as the ‘Genocide Games’,” said the letter that was written by groups that represent Uighurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents, and other ethnic groups in China.
U.S.’s NBC, among other global broadcasters, agreed to spend $7.75 billion for the rights to the Olympics until 2032 in 2014.
The Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declined multiple pleas to relocate the 2022 Olympics out of China’s capital, the AP reported.
The IOC incorporated human rights standards in the host city contract for the 2024 Paris Olympics some years before, AP said, but it did not include those principles for Beijing. Such was called the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Outside of NBC, Lhadon Tethong, co-chair of the International Tibet Network, told the outlet those that receive public funding like Canada’s CBC, Britain’s BBC, and ARD in Germany were also being urged not to cover the event.
“With this letter we are putting the networks on notice,” Tethong said. “If they broadcast the Beijing 2022 Olympics, they will be complicit.”
Beijing previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, stating at the time that the Games would improve the country’s human rights problems. However, reports of abuse practices have persisted until the present day.
“Subsequent developments showed this faith to be misplaced as the Chinese government repeatedly backtracked on the human rights pledges it made to secure the right to host the Games and there was no accountability by the IOC and the international community,” the letter said, referring to the promises made by Beijing in 2008.
“Instead, China was given a free pass to wantonly violate human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
“Genocide must be a red line that cannot be crossed, no matter the cost,” the human rights group stressed.
Despite calls from the World Uighur Congress and multiple officials in the U.S., American sponsors of the games had not backed away from it, including Airbnb, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Visa, and Intel.
When pushed on whether the companies were aware of the barbaric issues conducted by the Chinese Communist Party, only Intel acknowledged that genocide was indeed happening, whereas others sidestepped the answer.
Head of the Free Indo-Pacific Alliance, Hidetoshi Ishii, told Breibart in August that it was critical for free countries like the U.S. to stand up against human rights abuse.
“If America shows weakness towards totalitarian and autocratic countries, then freedom will be lost from this world,” Ishii said. “We need [a] strong America that’s holding the principle of freedom highly.”