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An: Federal President Guy Parmelin

Boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Dear Mr. President Parmelin, we request you

- to not send official Swiss representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing because of the serious human rights violations in China.

- call on Swiss Olympic to prepare a binding statement on how it will ensure that human rights for its athletes are respected before and during the 2022 Olympic Games, and raise awareness on the situation in China among its athletes.

- approach the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to raise the issue of respecting human rights during the Olympic Games and urges the IOC to prepare a binding report on the measures planned before the Games.

Warum ist das wichtig?

After the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the 2022 Winter Games will also take place in China, despite the fact that the human rights situation in China has massively deteriorated and that the People's Republic did not keep its promises for respecting human rights in 2008. All hopes and expectations of the IOC and the international community, including Switzerland, that awarding the Games to Beijing would lead to an improvement in the human rights situation, have been severely disappointed.

- As a sign against China's oppression and the Beijing Olympics, protests took place throughout Tibet in 2008. These were violently cracked down by the Chinese security forces. As a result, the surveillance and repression apparatus in Tibet has been massively upgraded.

- Since 2009, over 150 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest against the oppression and illegal Chinese occupation of Tibet. More than half a million Tibetans have become victims of forced labor. Over one million Tibetan nomads have been forcibly relocated.

- In East Turkestan, more than one million Uyghurs and members of other Muslim communities are detained in re-education camps, where they are subjected to political indoctrination and have become victims of serious crimes such as rape, torture and forced sterilization. The detained people are coerced into forced labor in industrial factories. The USA, Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as independent experts, conclude that a genocide of the Uyghur people is underway.

- In Hong Kong, fundamental rights were restricted in a significant way with the introduction of the new National Security Law. Freedom of the press and freedom of expression, as well as the independence of judication, are under immediate threat.

Wie die Unterschriften übergeben werden

Handing over in person at the end of August


2021-06-11 00:55:55 +0200

100 Unterschriften erreicht

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50 Unterschriften erreicht

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25 Unterschriften erreicht

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10 Unterschriften erreicht

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Among the first signatories were four National Councillors. Here are their statements on their signature:
- NR Fabian Molina: "The Chinese government is seriously violating human rights. It is not acceptable that Switzerland offers the Chinese government an uncritical platform in the context of the Olympic Games and pretends that everything is fine. Switzerland and the International Olympic Committee have a responsibility to make China comply with international rules. And that is why I sign the petition."
- NR Nicolas Walder: "I will sign the petition because human rights are not optional. It must be a prerequisite for the organisation of the Olympic Games. And it is unthinkable that our countries are diplomatically represented at the Games in a state that tramples on human rights like China. So, yes, we must boycott the Beijing 2022 Olympics."

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- NR Christine Badertscher: "I sign the petition because respect for human rights is mandatory and as long as this is not the case, the Federal Council must boycott the Olympic Games diplomatically. "
- NR Nik Gugger: "I sign this petition so that the Federal Council knows that I would like it to act more courageously in the matter of Beijing and the Olympic Games."