Member seeks House vote on US boycott of ‘Genocide Games’ in Beijing – Catholic World Report

A member of Congress is seeking a vote by the entire U.S. House to require the Biden Administration to push for a change of venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in Beijing. On Tuesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 26-21 to exclude Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-N.J.) amendment from a bill related to U.S. diplomatic efforts and investments in the Indo-Pacific region, the Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement (EAGLE) Act. “This amendment calls on President Biden to craft a plan of action to engage with the International Olympic Committee to secure a change in venue for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing,” stated Smith. He said he would work to have his amendment considered by the entire House of Representatives. Smith has referred to the 2022 Winter Olympics as the “Genocide Games,” due to the U.S. State Department’s determination that genocide against Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang is ongoing. China has created a network of detention camps in Xinjiang, where as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs and other minorities are estimated to have been imprisoned; detainees have reported torture, indoctrination, beatings, forced sterilizations, and other abuses at the camps. Outside the camps, Uyghurs have been subjected to forced labor, mass surveillance and predictive policing, and violations of religious freedom.

Member seeks House vote on US boycott of ‘Genocide Games’ in Beijing – Catholic World Report

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