China, Genocide and the Olympics
A joint hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, to examine the implications of holding the XXIV Winter Olympiad in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in light of the country’s egregious human rights record.
In February 2022, the People’s Republic of China is scheduled to host the XXIV Winter Olympiad. But the PRC’s highly repressive human rights policies, including practices the State Department deems crimes against humanity and genocide against ethnic minorities and the crushing of the democratic opposition in Hong Kong, have called into question the legitimacy of holding the games in China.
The hearing examines China’s human rights practices against the ideals of the Olympics and explore possible ways to leverage the Olympics to improve China’s human rights practices.
Pursuant to H. Res. 965, Members of Congress and witnesses participated via Cisco WebEx. Members of the public and the media could view the hearing by live webcast on the TLHRC website. The hearing was also available for viewing on the House Digital Channel service. For any questions, please contact Piero Tozzi (for Rep. Smith) or Kimberly Stanton or Todd Stein (for Rep. McGovern) or Matt Squeri (for Sen. Merkley).
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chair, TLHRC
Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, TLHRC
Sen. Jeffrey A. Merkley, Chair, CECC
Dr. Yang Jianli, Founder and President, Citizen Power Initiatives for China
Susan V. Lawrence, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch
Rayhan Asat, Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate
Samuel Chu, Managing Director, Hong Kong Democracy Council
Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
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