Tories and Royals urged to boycott China Winter Olympics over human rights shame

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Tory ministers and the Royal Family face calls to snub the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics because of human rights atrocities in China.

Labour said their absence should deny the Chinese government a “public relations victory” and show the UK will not "turn a blind eye to genocide".

Labour was backed tonight by prominent Tory backbencher Tom Tugendhat.

He told The Mirror: “It would be extraordinary to ask the Royal Family to represent the nation at an event hosted by a state after Parliament has declared it genocidal.”

Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy insists a political boycott is needed unless a full UN investigation into allegations of atrocities in Xinjiang is permitted next month.

Ms Nandy said: “The Winter Olympics is a critical moment when Britain must stand up for our values. Strong words from Government must be matched by decisive action.

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Xinjiang province
(Image: REUTERS)

“For as long as China continues to block access to Xinjiang, no self-respecting government should even consider handing a PR coup to Beijing."

She added: “The UK Parliament recently took the unprecedented step of recognising what is happening to the Uighur is genocide. After a decade of Tory Prime Ministers rolling out the red carpet to Beijing, this must be the turning point.

“The Government must use this moment to call time on one of the world’s most appalling human rights atrocities. We cannot turn a blind eye to genocide.”

This has been repeatedly sought by the UK and other governments but has not yet been realised.

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Beijing has strongly denied international claims about the treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang despite reports indicating that more than a million people have been arbitrarily detained and allegations of torture and forced sterilisation.

It comes after the House of Commons declared the treatment of the Uighur people in Xinjiang province a genocide.

A government spokesperson said: "The government has been vocal in calling out the egregious human rights abuses being committed against the Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, most recently at the UN Human Rights Council alongside more than 40 countries.

"No decisions have yet been made about [UK government] attendance at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022."

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