Over 160 rights groups call on IOC chief to revoke 2022 Beijing Winter Games

first_imgLast month, prominent Uighur rights group World Uighur Congress launched a similar appeal to the IOC over what it said were crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.The IOC responded that would remain neutral on political issues and said it had received assurances from Chinese authorities that they would respect the principles of the Olympic charter.The IOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.China has already made extensive preparations for the upcoming Games, which they say are on track to be held from Feb. 4-20, 2022.There was similar outcry from rights groups ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the time, the IOC defended the choice, saying the Games were a force for good.  Over 160 human rights advocacy groups have delivered a joint letter to the chief of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calling for it to reconsider its choice to award China the 2022 Winter Games in light of Beijing’s human rights record.It is the largest such coordinated effort so far following several months of similar calls from individual rights groups, and comes as Beijing is facing increased international backlash over policies including its treatment of ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang and new security laws in Hong Kong.”The IOC must recognize that the Olympic spirit and the reputation of the Olympic Games will suffer further damage if the worsening human rights crisis, across all areas under China’s control, is simply ignored,” said the letter, which was released on Tuesday. The letter argues that the prestige of the Beijing 2008 Olympics emboldened the government to take further actions, including programs targeting Xinjiang Uighurs and other ethnic policies.China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter, but has on many occasions fiercely defended its rights record.It maintains policies in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong are key to national security and social stability.Among the letter’s signatories are Uighur, Tibetan, Hong Kong and Mongolian rights groups based in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018, DD vs CSK Match Preview: Will MS Dhoni outshine already eliminated Delhi Daredevils?

first_imgNew Delhi: Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Daredevils will lock horns with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings on Friday at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.In the last match played at the MCA’s International Stadium in Pune, Chennai Super Kings outshined Delhi Daredevils and won the game by 13 runs.Chennai Super Kings has already qualified for the Play-offs and they are at the number two spot in the Standings while Delhi Daredevils are at the floor of the Points Table with just three wins.On one hand CSK is considered as one of the most consistent team in the Indian Premier League, on the other hand, Delhi Daredevils has struggled in every season of the tournament.Now, the picture of the Play-offs is quite clear and Delhi Daredevils will not be able to make it through the next level this year but it will be interesting to see whether DD manages to clinch win against CSK which will help up building up morale in the coming match against Mumbai Indians.Talking about the batsmen on both sides, Delhi Daredevils has Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw in the squad who have scored on every occasion they come out in the middle while Chennai Super Kings has in-form Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu who are very crucial for the team.In bowling department, DD has Trent Boult as the leading wicket-taker for the team and Amit Mishra as the most economical bowler in the side while CSK has Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo as a huge asset.Match Predictions – Statistically, in the 17 matches played between the two Chennai Super Kings has won 12 times and Delhi has to settle with just five wins.The favourite pick for today’s match will be Chennai Super Kings because of their consistent performance in the tournament and strong batting line-up. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more