Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

The 2022 Beijing Games officially launch on February 4 against a backdrop of Chinese government crimes against humanity targeting Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic communities . These Games—by which Beijing hopes to “sportswash” its abysmal rights record—reflect Xi Jinping’s assault on human rights since coming to power: devastating independent civil society, erasing press freedom, expanding high-tech surveillance.  The International Olympic Committee and The Olympic Partners (TOP) corporate sponsors of these Games have not addressed questions whether their involvement would contribute to human rights violations, including concerns around forced labor. Several governments have announced they would withhold sending high-level diplomatic representation to the Games in response to Beijing’s ongoing abuses.