The number of countries boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympics continues to grow. After the USA and Australia, Great Britain has also decided not to send any members of the government to the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. This is what Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated. Among other things, he cited the problematic human rights situation and the way in which the Uyghurs in China were dealt with as reasons. However, there will be no sporting boycott. British athletes are scheduled to take part in the Winter Games.
The United States became the first country to announce a diplomatic boycott. The Australian government has also announced such a boycott. Efforts to reopen diplomatic channels with China to discuss the human rights violations have failed. In addition, the government in Beijing made it difficult or even blocked the import of Australian goods.
In the European Union, too, calls for a boycott are getting louder. The FDP MEP Nicola Beer demanded, for example, that all diplomats from the EU countries should stay away from the Winter Games. Austria’s Minister of Sports and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler announced two months ago that he would not travel to China for the Winter Games. The CDU presidency candidate Friedrich Merz also joined Nicola Beer’s demand. However, Beer said that the athletes should also stay away from the Winter Games.
In any case, Canada also joined this diplomatic boycott. “Canada remains deeply disturbed by reports of human rights violations in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “That is why we are not going to be diplomatic representatives for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Peking send. We continue to support our athletes who work hard to compete on the world stage. “
The Winter Olympics will take place from February 4th to 20th, 2022. The authoritarian ruled China is accused of human rights violations, especially against minorities like the Muslim Uyghurs in the province of Xinjiang.