Censorship Of Human Rights Abuses And The Olympic Games

As the Olympic games started to jump off in Beijing, China, the Chinese Communist Party was silent about the Uyghur Muslims being enslaved for labor. The United Nations may have been colluding with China to keep the actual abuse of the Uyghurs hidden.

The CCP has blocked visits from UN officials of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) from investigating the enslavement.

The Independent reported, “The UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said there was no timeline for releasing its report, but confirmed the publication would not ‘be ready’ before the Winter Olympics commence, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper.”

There have been negotiations with the CCP for an OHCHR official to visit the Xinjiang province without supervision, and the negotiations have been ongoing since 2019. You would think that something would have been done by now, and the truth would come out.

Though the Chinese have offered for the European Union to visit the Xinjiang region, free access was denied to delegations. Not very helpful in the transparency aspect.

Emma Reilly, a former UN human rights advisor, was fired. Reilly turned whistleblower and said that when China had issued invitations in 2019 and 2022, China said there would be “no more than a guided tour.” She then leaked evidence that the organization had given names of dissidents to the Chinese government.

Still, athletes are at the Olympics and competing. No protest of human rights abuses was practiced besides from US diplomats. There wasn’t a ban on athletes from attending.

The live broadcast of the Olympics is delayed, leading to censorship if the country wishes. It’s not clear how the Olympic games will go, but it would be advisable for anyone attending to be very careful. Tensions are high, and there’s a great chance that any athlete attending and protesting the CCP could face severe repercussions.