China using sports to legitimatize human rights violations: Tibetan activist

Beijing [China], May 24 (ANI): During a gathering at New York-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation Oslo Freedom Forum, a Tibetan activist said that China is using sports to legitimatise its “Human Rights violations and fake promises”.

Tibetan activist Chemi Lhamo, while speaking at the event titled “Sports washing – From the Beijing Genocide Games to Qatar’s FIFA World Cup Migrant Workers’ Crisis”, pointed out that China has used the 2008 summer Olympics and 2022 Winter Olympics to enhance its image among the world.

The activist stressed that despite the human rights violations in China the country is “currently in a situation not only to prove and convince its opponent’s the world over but also to its own Chinese citizens within and outside China that it is a great country and China had used it to its fullest advantage about two Olympics in 2008 and 2022”.

Speaking at the Forum, he said that China is using sports as an opportunity and tool in enhancing the country’s image and self-esteem.

This comes as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is set to address crimes against humanity and gross human rights violations when her team visits China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region this week.

Several human rights groups have repeatedly called on the Chinese authorities to allow independent UN human rights experts and other human rights monitors access to Xinjiang – a demand that is finally being granted with this brief visit by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

“China is also cracking down to wipe out the identity of the Tibetan culture. The infringements on religious practices like demolitions of Buddha and Padmasambhava Statues, absurd claims of selecting the next Dalia Lama, and detaining people from sharing the demolition videos are the recent examples of the human rights violation,” said Lhamo.

The panel discussion took place in the Lille Sal in Oslo. It included discussions titled, “Defending the Defenders: The Right to Protect the Environment Fighting Transnational Repression Against Journalists”, “The True Story of China’s Genocide of the Uyghurs: A Conversation with Nury Turkel” and “Garry Kasparov Sportswashing: From the Beijing Genocide Games to Qatar’s FIFA World Cup Migrant Workers’ Crisis.”

The Oslo Freedom Forum is a global conference series produced by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), that brings together the world’s most engaging human rights advocates, journalists, artists, tech entrepreneurs, and world leaders to share their stories and brainstorm ways to expand freedom and unleash human potential across the globe.

The Oslo Freedom Forum seeks to expose authoritarian regimes’ abuses, inspire action through the exchange of ideas and raise human rights to the top of the world’s agenda.

is a global gathering of activists united in standing up to tyranny. (ANI)