Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is calling on Ottawa to push for the relocation of the 2022 Winter Olympics outside of China due to Beijing’s “genocide against Uyghur Muslims” and “police state in Hong Kong,” violating both human rights and principles of Olympism.
In a press conference on Tuesday, O’Toole said the time has come for Canada to take a stand for human rights and dignity and call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China.
“The first principle of the Olympic Charter states that the Olympic movement is intended to ‘create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles,’” said O’Toole, but “genocide is taking place in China right now.”
“Approximately one million Uyghurs have been forcibly relocated into detention centres for re-education in [Xinjiang]. People who have managed to escape have reported horrific coordinated violence using violence, using physical, mental, and sexual torture,” O’Toole said.