Rights group says IOC is complicit in China’s abuses ahead of Olympics

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WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused the International Olympic Committee of being complicit in China’s rights abuses ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games after the IOC president’s name with Chinese tennis participant Peng Shuai, who supporters say could also be beneath political duress.

Foreign governments and rights advocates stepped up criticism of China’s human rights practices when Peng disappeared for almost three weeks after alleging on social media that China’s former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her. learn extra

A former doubles world No. 1, Peng re-appeared over the weekend in Beijing and held a video name with IOC President Thomas Bach on Sunday. But the Women’s Tennis Association and prime present and former tennis gamers have known as for reassurance that Peng is secure, and rights teams have labeled efforts by Chinese state media to allay considerations about her well-being as unconvincing. learn extra

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HRW’s China director Sophie Richardson instructed a news briefing the IOC had proven a “remarkable lack of judgment” in its dealing with of the Peng case and “active complicity” in Beijing’s abuses. She mentioned its curiosity appeared to be to maintain the Games on monitor, not the welfare of athletes.

She criticized Bach for failing to clarify publicly whether or not he had requested Peng if she had entry to a lawyer or needed to file prices round critical sexual assault claims, and inspired governments to boycott diplomatically the Beijing Games, set for February.

“The IOC has shown in the last few days just how desperate it is to keep the Games on the rails, no matter the human costs,” Richardson mentioned, whereas additionally slamming company sponsors of the Games for staying silent on Peng.

The IOC didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail requesting remark.

HRW China researcher Yaqiu Wang mentioned the IOC had participated in Beijing’s “government-created narrative.”

“It’s very, very hard to imagine they can just reach out to Peng Shuai without going through the Chinese government,” Wang mentioned.

Peng’s case has elevated requires a diplomatic boycott of the Games from rights teams and others already important of Beijing over its insurance policies in Hong Kong and remedy of minority Muslims, which the United States says quantities to genocide.

U.S. President Joe Biden has mentioned Washington is contemplating such a boycott, beneath which U.S. officers wouldn’t attend the opening or closing ceremonies. learn extra

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Reporting by Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Dan Grebler

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has a virtual discussion with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai in Lausanne, Switzerland, November 21, 2021. Greg Martin/IOC/ Handout via REUTERS

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