Denmark became the ninth country to express its rejection of the countless human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Therefore, it will not send diplomatic representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, also called the “Genocide Olympics.”
In this regard, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod emphasized, “It is no secret that we from the Danish side are very concerned about the human rights situation in China,” according to The Straits Times on Jan. 15.
He added: “The government has decided that we will not attend the Winter Olympics in China.”
Denmark thus joins Lithuania and Belgium, so far the only European countries to use the occasion to denounce the atrocities committed by the CCP against millions of its citizens. Athletes will compete as scheduled.
While the Netherlands also announced that it will not be sending a delegation of representatives to these Olympics, it stated that it was doing so because of the difficulties imposed by the pandemic to meet and discuss human rights with the CCP.
“In these meetings we could talk about the worries on the human rights situation, as the Netherlands sees it, on a meaningful level with the authorities. So this is why the government concludes that we will not send an official delegation,” said Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman Frits Kemperman.
Less than three weeks before the start of the competitions, the European Union has not resolved its unanimity to join the boycott, which Germany and France have sought as a requirement for the UN to declare it.
In addition to the three above, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Japan have raised their voices in solidarity with the members of ethnic and religious movements persecuted by the CCP.
In this regard, “Japan believes that it is important for China to guarantee the universal values of freedom, respect for basic human rights, and the rule of law, which are universal values in the international community,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.
Human rights groups are calling on the world’s television networks not to broadcast this year’s Winter Olympics. They argue that doing so would help restore the CCP’s international image, tarnished by the barbaric genocide of minority and religious groups such as the Uighurs and Falun Dafa.
“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,'” says the open letter, obtained by the Associated Press.
Despite countless testimonies from survivors and former Chinese officials, the CCP has consistently denied the abuses, including 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, which was written by groups representing Uighurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents and other ethnic groups in China.