The Tibetan Regional Youth Congress in Delhi will launch a Mally bike from Bangalore to Delhi on December 10, 2021, which is also World Human Rights Day.
The aim of the cycling rally is to draw international attention to the gross human rights violations committed by China in Tibet and East Turkestan (Xinjiang) which have been under Chinese occupation. We call and appeal to everyone’s basic human conscience and boycott the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games as an expression of solidarity with the people of Tibet, Xinjiang, South Mongolia and Hong Kong who are suffering under Chinese repression and oppression.
Although sport should ideally be kept out of politics in normal times, China’s atrocities against Tibetans and Uyghurs result in increased death toll in police custody, torture, sterilization. enforced disappearances, genocide and mass concentration. the camps raise fundamental questions about the fundamental principles of humanity. We cannot and must not take sport away from basic moral principles.
The international community cannot continue as if nothing has happened with China regarding its internal repressions and aggressions abroad from the Himalayan borders of India to Taiwan and the South China Sea. The world had already given China the opportunity to host the Olympic Games in 2008 in the hope that the same opportunity could be a gradual impetus for the Chinese leadership to improve the human rights situation and, if so. not to completely rectify, but to relax some of its most repressive policies. aimed at cultural genocide in Tibet and Xinjiang. On the contrary, the Chinese government has done the opposite of what the international community expected of it.
As it has done before, China will use the spotlight of the Olympics to whitewash its crimes against humanity in Tibet and Xinjiang as if nothing had happened, thus encouraging the same totalitarian and imperialist regime to continue its occupation and its oppression against Tibetans and others under its colonial rule.
The International Olympic Committee is fully complicit in the cultural genocide and systemic repressions underway in Tibet and Xinjiang by not raising the same issue with China and demanding an end to its gross human rights violations. We call on all relevant international governments, NGOs, businesses and athletes to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in order to hold China accountable for its gross violations of human rights and freedom and to shine the spotlight on China’s horrific human records in Tibet and Xinjiang, instead of letting China whitewash its crimes against humanity, including genocide, repression and forced labor. International events like the Olympics should be a celebration of human brotherhood, freedom and dignity and should never be sold as a platform for a totalitarian and imperialist regime to whitewash its crimes against humanity.