This past week, The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee issued a statement pleading with members of Congress to refrain from boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing due to China’s Human Rights atrocities against the Uyghur ethnic minority in its country.
Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, stated in a letter to Congress, “There may be no more important Olympic and Paralympic Games than the ones ahead. The world spent more than a year isolated, quarantined, and afraid. Watching the world’s Olympians and Paralympians compete at both the upcoming Summer and Winter Games will be an inspiring human achievement. Thousands of competitors from around the world standing before the Olympic and Paralympic flame will mark the world’s emergence from the past year’s troubles.”
Hirshland Stated that some of the members of Congress were calling for a complete boycott of the Winter Olympic Games and “have raised valid concerns about China’s conduct, including the oppression of the Uyghur population which the United States has designated a genocide.”
“We too are troubled by the situation in China. The USOPC does not condone actions that undermine the core values of the Olympic movement—values that include diversity, peace, and respect for human dignity,” the letter went on to say.
However, Hirshland said that “an athlete boycott of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is not the solution to geopolitical issues,” referencing a recent Morning Consult poll that gave evidence that “roughly two-thirds of Americans oppose a boycott of the 2022 Winter Games.”
“[T]heir sacrifice had arguably no diplomatic benefit: The Soviet Union stayed in Afghanistan for another decade,” She continued.
Hirshland issued the argument that the Games “are a chance for the United States to showcase the values that make our country strong and respected: Our belief in fair competition; our commitment to the dignity of all people; and our support of the hard work and lifelong commitment of athletes from every state in the nation.”
In a new report about the Xinjiang region, information was revealed after the Australian Strategic Policy Institute discovered that the populations of ethnic minorities in the region were seeing a devastatingly massive decrease in birthrates over the past few years.
The report outlined that back in April of 2017, the Chinese Communist Party authorities in the region had started “strike-hard” campaigns levied against “illegal births” with the sole goal to “reduce and stabilize a moderate birth level” and reduce the rate of birth in southern Xinjiang by, at minimum, 4.00 per thousand from levels seen in 2016. Before the rollout of this camp[aign, there had been in place exceptions from the communist family planning efforts for indigenous nationalities.