When you exceed Canada’s stage of consolation with breaching particular person freedoms, you’ve in all probability gone too far.
According to reviews Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will forego sending any authorities officers to Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympic Games as a part of a diplomatic boycott geared toward China. Per The Hill’s reporting, “Canada is now the fifth country to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, following the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia and Lithuania.”
The crux of the boycott highlights the Chinese authorities’s neglect of human rights — together with their mistreatment of Uyghurs and refusal to quell considerations over the security of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, amongst many others.
Trudeau acknowledged: “Our athletes have been coaching for years and are wanting ahead to compete on the highest stage towards athletes from all over the world, and they’re going to proceed to have all of our fullest assist as they present the extraordinary success that Canada has at Winter Olympic Games.
“As a country, indeed, as many partners around the world, we are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese state. That is why we are announcing today that we will not be sending any diplomatic representation to the Beijing Olympic or Paralympic Games this winter.”
In the weird case of Peng Shuai, the tennis participant made sexual assault allegations towards a high-ranking Chinese official and was reportedly non-responsive to outreach following the claims. Spectators on the worldwide stage quickly grew suspicious of China’s dealing with of the allegations. The Chinese authorities launched a seemingly censored assertion on Shuai’s behalf, which prompted the Women’s Tennis Association to denounce China for its lack of transparency.
The WTA postponed all occasions slated to happen in China in 2022, a pricey and lauded motion.
Attention has additionally swelled for the injustice towards Uyghurs inside Chinese camps. In current weeks, NBA heart Enes Kanter Freedom has led the cost together with his public opposition to China and the NBA’s enterprise relationship.
The solely group that has been deemed an ally of China on this timeline is the IOC, which introduced on Tuesday that they’re unable to offer “assurances” on the security of Shuai regardless of reportedly speaking together with her over Zoom on a pair of events.
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