#NoBeijing2022 Rally at the U.S. Capitol
On Thursday, February 3 at 12:00 pm, ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics slated to begin the following day on February 4, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation — with human rights allies, Members of Congress, representatives of international governments, and athletes who have supported the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics — will gather at the U.S. Capitol to denounce the atrocities and grave human rights abuses being committed by the Chinese government. Uyghur, Hong Kong, and Tibetan activists and representatives of other ethnic and religious groups in China will share personal stories about the brutal oppression they have witnessed and experienced.
Human rights allies will call out the International Olympic Committee for awarding the 2022 Winter Games to Beijing despite evidence of China’s ongoing human rights abuses, for failing to fulfill its human rights obligations, and for refusing to engage substantively with human rights organizations regarding forced labour in the Uyghur Region. The top corporate sponsors of the Games – Airbnb, Alibaba, Allianz, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, Samsung, Toyota, and Visa – will also be called out for failing to fulfill their human rights due diligence responsibilities and urged to immediately disclose their human rights due diligence strategies or explain their failure to carry out such assessments. Both the IOC and the corporate sponsors will also be challenged to protect athletes from the “certain punishment” that the Beijing Organizing Committee has threatened against those who may make statements protesting the Chinese government’s abuse of human rights.
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