Pro-Life Senator Tom Cotton is calling for a total boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest China’s genocide against the Uyghurs and other minorities.
“The United States must implement a complete and total boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics,” the Arkansas Republican said last week. “The threat to our athletes and China’s crimes against humanity leave us no other option.”
Western Journal reports Cotton does not believe the Biden administration is doing enough to condemn China for persecuting Uyghur Muslims, Christians and other minorities, or to protect American athletes from potential threats during the winter games.
“I regret that this would prevent about 300 of America’s world-class athletes from competing in the Olympics,” Cotton said in a Nov. 18 statement. “I sympathize with them. However, they have been failed by this administration, who, months ago — months ago — could have worked with our allies to develop a plan to conduct these games in another country.”
Slamming the Chinese government as a “communist tyranny,” he called on the Biden administration to “mount a complete and total boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics — no athletes, no administration officials, no corporate sponsors.”
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Cotton accused the Biden administration of failing to create a plan to protect American Olympic athletes as he had requested five months ago.
“The sum total of the response to my letter was they have no plan,” Cotton said. “They have no plan to protect our athletes and their coaches and their staff from the very real and very concrete dangers I outlined last June.”
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a pro-life Republican from Tennessee, joined Cotton in calling for the boycott, according to Clarksville Online.
In a letter to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, Blackburn and Cotton said the Chinese Communist Party is conducting “vile” human rights abuses, and American athletes could be in danger.
“The CCP has a vile history of violating human rights and religious freedom,” they wrote. “These concerns are especially pronounced given the use of new and emerging technologies to suppress groups including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Inner Mongolians, and Hongkongers. … As Communist Chinese Party authorities enjoy unchecked power and zero accountability, American athletes could face severe endangerment.”
President Joe Biden recently said his administration is “considering” a diplomatic boycott of the games in Beijing, but no announcement has been made.
For years, evidence of mass genocide against the Uyghur Muslims, Christians and others by the Chinese government has been growing. These reports include forced abortions, forced labor, torture, mass internment and other abuses, especially in the Xinjiang province. The United States, Canada, England and other countries have condemned these abuses as genocide, but Chinese authorities deny all wrongdoing.
Dr. Semsinur Gafur, a former OB-GYN from Xinjiang, is one of several doctors who has testified publicly about the horrific abuses by the Chinese Communist Party. She told the AP that when she worked for the Chinese government, one of her tasks was to go to women’s houses and check if they were pregnant.
“If a household had more births than allowed, they would raze the home … They would flatten the house, destroy it,” Gafur said. “This was my life there. It was very distressing. And because I worked in a state hospital, people didn’t trust me. The Uyghur people saw me as a Chinese traitor.”
Another former Chinese obstetrician, Hasiyet Abdulla, who now lives in Turkey, told Radio Free Asia about the forced abortions and infanticide that she witnessed in Xinjiang hospitals.
“There were babies born at nine months who we killed after inducing labor,” she said.
Chinese government leaders have said these reports are lies by “anti-China forces.” They said China is not committing genocide or forced labor in Xinjiang, according to the report.
But many world authorities disagree.
Earlier this year, an international group of human rights leaders published a report estimating that about 2 million Uyghurs have been “eradicated” by the Chinese Communist Party in the past eight years, Forbes reports.
The independent report, authored by more than 50 international human rights experts, adds to growing evidence of massive human rights abuses in China, ones that pro-life leaders have been warning about for years. Among these are “systematic forced abortions” through all nine months of pregnancy, which China “explicitly admits the purpose … is to ensure that Uyghur women are ‘no longer baby-making machines,’” according to the report.
The human rights experts said the Chinese Communist Party is violating “each and every act” prohibited in the United Nations Genocide Convention.