Consistent with our recent excerpt about Uirghurs from the Hudson Institute's China's Emerging Middle Eastern Kingdom, the Uirghurs are calling for cancellation of the 2022 Winter Olympics in their homeland of China's Xinjiang region.
The largest group of exiled ethnic Uighurs has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reconsider holding the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, citing what it says is evidence of crimes against humanity committed in China’s Xinjiang region.
Uighurs believe that holding the Olympics in Beijing will likely be seen as supporting China's extreme repression of the Uighur and other Turkic Muslims, and the IOC will likely be directly involved in the international crimes committed against the Uighur and other Turkic Muslim people.
This is because the widely documented forced transport of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims for slave labour means that it will be impossible for the IOC to ensure that the technology and textiles used for the Olympics is not "tainted by the immense pain of those transported thousands of miles across China to be forced to work in factories because of their religion and race."
The World Uyghur Congress says: "Under decades of repressive rule, the existence of the Uyghur nation is under threat as the Chinese government continues to carry out deliberate policies opposing centuries-old tradition, culture & religion. Human rights violations remain pervasive including persecution on cultural and religious grounds, arbitrary arrests and the silencing of peaceful dissent."
U.N. experts estimate than more than a million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims have been detained against their will for several years in camps in the far western region.
China denies mistreatment of the minority group and says the camps holding many Uighurs provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.
More recent evidence shows that China is actively eradicating the Uighurs as a people because they live on the road that China is paving between Kashgar in Xinjiang with the Port of Gwadar under its current strategic plan called The Belt and Road Initiative (formerly called One Belt, One Road or OBOR).
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Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress, said in a statement that it had submitted a formal complaint to the IOC’s ethics commission on Thursday.
The World Uyghur Congress instructed international human rights barrister Michael Polak to draft a formal written complaint which has been submitted to the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission.
This complaint said that IOC, its Executive Board, and IOC President Thomas Bach have acted in breach of the Olympic Charter by failing to reconsider holding the 2022 Olympics in Beijing following verifiable evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity taking place against the Uighur and other Turkic Muslims by the People’s Republic of China.
Evidence submitted along with the complaint from numerous sources proves that a number of crimes against humanity are taking places such as mass sterilization, arbitrary detention in internment camps, torture, repressive security and surveillance, and forced labour and slavery.
Annexed to the complaint was also a recent report which concluded that the Chinese authorities actions in the Uyghur Region are likely to amount to genocide.