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Diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

  • IAS NEXT, Lucknow
  • 09, Dec 2021
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USA recently formally announced a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in response to China’s human rights record, especially the ongoing Uighur abuse.

  • The diplomatic boycott would mean that the USA will not send “any diplomatic or official representation,” while still allowing American athletes to compete.

About winter Olympic 

  • The Winter Olympic Games is a major international multi-sport event held once every four years for sports practised on snow and ice. 
  • The first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. 
  • The IOC is the governing body and the Olympic Charter defines its structure and authority.

About Uighurs

  • Uighurs, are a minority Turkic ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia.
  • The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.
  • China rejects the idea of them being an indigenous group
  • Since 2016, it is estimated that over a million Uyghurs have been detained in Xinjiang re-education camps.