More than 250 non-governmental organizations have called on European Union leaders to launch a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing ahead of their summit meeting on Thursday. In an open letter, the organizations call on EU member states to send a clear message to the Chinese government for its severe and systematic human rights violations. “There is no prospect of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games playing a positive role for human rights,” the NGOs wrote. A joint boycott by EU countries has the potential to be “the strongest statement yet by governments who care about defending human rights”.
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