In the wake of the Uyghur massacre, the Green Party of Canada is asking to relocate the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Leader, Annamie Paul, is requesting that the Government consider the viability of Canada as an alternate host.

“If an ongoing genocide is not reason enough to relocate a global sporting event, then what is?”

Annamie Paul

Violation of Human Rights

Additionally, Paul calls out the Chinese government for its violation of human rights against the Uyghurs. She says: “There is a very credible case that the Chinese government is carrying out the crime of genocide against the Uighur people.” She mentions how Muslim minorities are victims of forced sterilisation, systematic rape and more.

Moreover, Paul mentions: “China has proven itself to be highly resistant to liberalising human rights.” Not only is she calling out China’s lack of protecting human rights, but she also said the celebration of the Olympics would let China get away with these abuses.

Various MPs from different parties support the Green Party’s decision to ask for relocation. As a result, she expressed her joy in a recent tweet. Supporting parties include the New Democratic Party, the Conservative Party and the Bloc Quebecois.

Reusing Previous Venues

Canada and the International Olympic Committee should seek to find appropriate venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Green Party claims that Canada should explore whether it will be possible to offer itself as an alternate location for the 2022 Olympics. Indeed, Canada previously hosted the Olympics: 1976 Summer Olympics, 1988 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Consequently, Canada would already have venues to use. Additionally, Paul stated how Canada would make “a positive contribution to the international community, as a convenor and as a middle power.”

Paul lastly mentioned: “If an ongoing genocide is not reason enough to relocate a global sporting event, then what is?”

source: https://www.greenparty.ca/en/media-release/2021-02-09/green-party-canada-calls-relocation-2022-beijing-winter-olympics-light

Shabrina Rahman

Shabrina Rahman is a second year student at Bishop's University where she studies International Studies with a double minor in German and Sports Studies. She is looking forward to sharing positive news about environmental issues and Green Parties around the world. She believes that it is important for people to gain knowledge about this subject because we live in a society in which environmental protection is not as strong as it should be.

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