A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is pushing a measure to trigger a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. The boycott would be a consequence of the genocide being committed by the Chinese communist regime against ethnic Uighurs and other Turkish Muslim minority groups, Fox News reported.
The measure consists of an amendment proposed to the annual State Department funding bill, sponsored by Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla), and co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.)
This amendment —which the House Appropriations Committee already considered on Tuesday, July 27—states that no funds may be used to allow any U.S. official or officials to attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
“It would have a significant impact on the United States sending an official delegation” to the Beijing Olympics next year; Waltz told ABC News on Tuesday.
“When this administration and the last administration have both said officially and unofficially that there’s an ongoing genocide [in China], I can’t imagine that we would send a delegation at all,” he added.
Waltz noted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out in support of a diplomatic boycott of the games in May, stating at the time that “silence on this issue is unacceptable” and that it “enables China’s abuses.”
The Republican representative also said he plans to introduce an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would cancel contracts with any U.S. company involved in the games.
“We’ve been asking the [International Olympic Committee] to move the games out of Beijing now for a couple of years and they’ve had plenty of time to do so,” Waltz told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade on Friday.
“But now that we’re just months away, I don’t see how we fly the American flag in Beijing after they are literally conducting genocide as we speak,” he added.
“Millions of Muslim leaders in concentration camps, modern-day slavery is going on,” he continued. “Not to mention the millions around the world that are dead because of COVID, people being snatched out of their homes in the middle of the night with Hong Kong. And how can our corporations sit here and talk about social justice but then turn a blind eye and sponsor these games? We need to make a stand and we should not be going,” he said.
In June of this year, the Senate approved a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming winter games as part of a broad China policy bill passed with bipartisan support.
“There’s no such thing as non-political games—dictatorships like China host the Olympics to validate their standing as normal and respected countries even as they continue to commit crimes against their people,” Malinowski said in a statement in June.
“Today’s coordinated action by legislators in multiple democracies is a clear signal to the International Olympic Committee that we’re fed up with its silence about China’s ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs,” he added.
Several U.S. lawmakers have also called on the International Olympic Committee to postpone and relocate the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics because of human rights abuses in China.
The Chinese communist regime has a long and dark history of repression, abuse, and killing of the Chinese population.
July 20 marked the 22nd anniversary of the beginning of the persecution of practitioners of the Falun Dafa (or Falun Gong) spiritual discipline by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
These abuses include torture, brainwashing, family harassment, forced labor, etc., to make practitioners renounce their belief in Falun Dafa, whose pillars of teaching are the principles of Truth, Benevolence, and Tolerance.
In addition, there is concrete evidence that the CCP carries out organ harvesting from detained Falun Dafa practitioners, who are killed to supply the lucrative organ transplant business.
In 2008 Beijing also hosted the Olympic Games despite several countries and international organizations calling for it not to be held there because of human rights concerns. To keep dissidents from demonstrating and the world from seeing them, the Chinese regime conducted an intense campaign to kidnap and lock them up. Innocent Falun Dafa practitioners and other religious minorities were also captured and hidden in these raids.