Tibetan groups in Canada protest China’s human rights violation

As the Beijing Olympics have commenced, Tibetan groups in Canada have protested occupation of the plateau by China and condemned the IOC’s ‘complicity in sports washing’ human rights violations there.
Tibetan groups staging a protest in downtown Toronto against the Beijing Winter Olympics. Tibetan groups in Canada are staging protests to highlight occupation of the plateau by China and condemning the IOC’s ‘complicity in sports washing’ human rights violations there. (Source: RTYC Toronto)
Tibetan groups staging a protest in downtown Toronto against the Beijing Winter Olympics. Tibetan groups in Canada are staging protests to highlight occupation of the plateau by China and condemning the IOC’s ‘complicity in sports washing’ human rights violations there. (Source: RTYC Toronto)
Updated on Feb 06, 2022 11:53 AM IST
Copy Link
ByAnirudh Bhattacharyya I Toronto

As the Beijing Olympics have commenced, Tibetan groups in Canada are staging protests to highlight occupation of the plateau by China and condemning the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) “complicity in sports washing” human rights violations there.

Multiple protests have already been held by a coalition of Tibetan groups in Toronto, which demonstrated in front of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) offices in the city, as well as the official broadcaster of the Beijing Winter Olympics, CBC.

The protests are being organised jointly by the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Toronto (RTYC Toronto), East Turkistan Association of Canada, Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario, Tibetan Women Association of Ontario, Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk Canada and Students For A Free Tibet Canada.

RTYC Toronto is a branch of the organisation headquartered in Dharamshala in India and its president Sunny Sonam said the protests have drawn over 200 participants despite the severe winter weather afflicting Canada’s largest city.

In a joint statement, the groups joining the protest called upon athletes participating in the Games to “show their support and solidarity” by “returning the blood-soaked” medals they win at the Games as these were made from “minerals extracted by exploiting the rich natural resources of the Tibetan plateau”.

The protestors accused China of continuing human rights violations in Tibet as it “continues to demolish and destroy the monastic institutions” there as evidenced by the destruction of a 99-foot tall Buddha statue as well as the burning down of 45 prayer wheels “amid a wave of ongoing demolitions in Drago and other parts of Tibet”.

They also alleged the Chinese communist regime continues to “detain and imprison” Tibetans.

“The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics run a serious risk of legitimising these abuses. Despite the increasing abuses against Tibetans, Uighurs, Hong Kongers, Taiwanese and Inner Mongolians, China has faced no challenge from the IOC,” the statement said.

Sonam said they selected the site of the COC offices in downtown Toronto as it symbolised the attitude of the IOC in “sports washing” the “Genocide Games”. Similarly, the protest outside the CBC headquarters last week was against the broadcast of the Games as the protestors called upon Canadians to boycott viewing the events being shown.

The Canadian government announced in December that it was diplomatically boycotting the Beijing Olympics and in a statement on the opening of the Games, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Ottawa remains “extremely concerned by reports of human rights violations in China, including the persecution of Uighurs”.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • After registering around 4,000 to 5,000 deaths per day throughout most of the winter, Europe is currently seeing around 500 deaths per day, about the same level as during the summer of 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Europe to see 'high levels' of Covid this summer: WHO

    With the milder but more contagious Omicron subvariant BA.5 spreading across the continent, the 53 countries in the WHO European region are currently registering just under 500,000 cases daily, according to the organisation's data. That is up from around 150,000 cases daily at the end of May. Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg and Portugal were the countries with the highest incidence rates, with almost all countries in the region seeing a rise in cases.

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

    China says New Zealand PM's comments on assertiveness ‘wrong’

    China's embassy in New Zealand rebuked New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for comments she made at the NATO summit about Chinese assertiveness, calling them "misguided" and "wrong". Ardern said on Wednesday in Madrid that China has "in recent times also become more assertive and more willing to challenge international rules and norms." New Zealand, which is heavily reliant on China for trade, has often shied away from direct criticism of Beijing.

  • The North has claimed the Covid wave has shown signs of subsiding, though experts suspect under-reporting in the figures released through government-controlled media.

    North Korea blames 'alien things' near border with South for Covid outbreak

    Quicked is empty for story with id 101656633439621

  • Abortion-rights activists demonstrate against the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Florida, Kentucky judges ‘temporarily’ block states from enforcing abortion ban 

    Judges in Florida and Kentucky on Thursday moved to block those states from enforcing bans or restrictions on abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had established a nationwide right to it. In Kentucky, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mitch Perry issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the state from enforcing a ban passed in 2019 and triggered by the Supreme Court's decision.

  • Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

    In Ketanji Jackson, US Supreme Court gets its 1st black woman justice

    Quicked is empty for story with id 101656607431062

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, July 01, 2022