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Reject Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics

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Dear International Olympic Committee Members: We urge you to reject Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics as China is now facing a human rights crisis with a scale of violations that is unprecedented since 2008.

As we write this letter, the Chinese government is carrying out an unparalleled attack on civil society. More than 250 Chinese human-rights lawyers, legal assistants, activists and their family members have been arrested, interrogated, put under house arrest and made to disappear since July 9. The youngest is 16 and the oldest 81.

Beijing has been using the Olympic Games to promote the Chinese Communist Party. If the International Olympic Committee awards Beijing the 2022 Winter Olympics, a great event intended to promote solidarity, brotherhood and human development will once again serve a corrupt dictatorship. It will endorse a government that blatantly violates human rights. Awarding Beijing the Olympics is a contradiction of the Olympics’ goal of “promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”

The 2008 Summer Olympics made a mockery of the fine principles that the Olympics stands for, and brought more humiliation than dignity and more sadness than joy to the people in China.

In the name of the Olympics, Beijing forcibly relocated 1.5 million residents and evicted thousands of households. Hundreds of petitioners—as well as handicapped people—were detained in secret detention centers as part of the government’s effort to “clean up” the capital for the games. To put forth a good face for the Olympics, Beijing covered up a nationwide powdered milk scandal, which seriously affected the health of some 360,000 babies in China by 2008. The government also banned record-holding athlete Fang Zheng from the Paralympics because his legs were crushed by a tank in the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre.  

To win the 2008 Olympics, China promised to allow space for Chinese citizens to protest during the games. Spaces were allocated, but those that applied for permission to hold protests were actually arrested, making a mockery of China’s promises to the IOC. We expect similar abuses to take place should you award China the 2022 Winter Olympics.

We feel utterly ashamed of such a notorious human rights record, which not only contradicts Beijing’s own promises, but also severely tarnishes the reputation and spirit of the Olympic Games.

Beijing promised to improve press freedom in order to win the 2008 Olympics. Instead, the Chinese media have experienced even more censorship and crackdowns. China has been denying work visas to a number of foreign journalists who cover “sensitive” issues. The country is the world’s largest jailer of journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Allowing Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics would send the world a message that China’s human rights abuses are being endorsed by the IOC, making the 2022 Games look strikingly similar to the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

We believe that the pure Olympic dream should never serve political oppression by a host government. We dream that one day the sacred Olympic flame will cast a light on a free China. For now, under this government, any more Olympic games would go down in history as the Shame Games, and make the IOC an accomplice in the abuse of human rights in the name of the Olympics.  


 尊敬的国际奥委会委员: 我们敦促您投票反对北京申办2022年冬奥会,因为2008年以来,中国人权史无前例的恶化。





为了获得08年夏季奥运会主办权,中国政府承诺为公民在比赛期间的抗议活动提供场地。政府的确提供了,但申请抗议的公民仍然被逮捕,这等于把政府自己对国际奥委会的承诺开了个玩笑。如果北京取得2022年冬奥会主办权,类似的滥权还会发生。 我们对如此恶劣的人权纪录感到极其羞愧——它们不但和北京的承诺相矛盾,而且严重玷污了奥运的声誉,损坏了奥运精神。




Contacts (联系人): Yi Gu (古懿),

Rose Tang (唐路), 

Signatures (签名),listed alphatically (按姓氏字母顺序排列): 

[China (中国)]              DU Yanlin  (杜延林); HAI Junnan (海军蓝); HU Haibo (胡海波); HU Jia (胡佳); HU Junxiong (胡俊雄); HUO Xiaoxi (霍晓曦); JIANG Qiushi (蒋秋实); Pan Gu(磐古);SHEN Liangqing  (沈良庆); SHEN Xiaofu (沈小甫); TANG Liang (唐亮); WANG Lihong (王荔蕻); WU Qiang  (吴强,); YE Du (野渡); ZHANG jing (张京); ZHANG Youwei (张有为);

[Taiwan (台湾)]              Wu’erkaixi (吾尔开希); YAN Kefu (颜柯夫);

[USA(美国)]           CHEN Chuangchuang (陈闯创); CHEN Guangcheng (陈光诚); CHEN Kuide (陈奎德); CHEN Liqun (陈立群); CHEN Weiming (陈维明); CHENG Qiubo  (成秋波);  FANG Yong  (方勇);  FANG Zheng  (方政);   George GE (葛洵); Yi GU (古懿); HE Qinglian  (何清涟); HU Yunfei (胡云飞); LEONG, Fred F. (梁联发); LEONG, Ann H. (熊若磐); SHI Yi  (施毅); Rose TANG (唐路); TENG Biao (腾彪); WEN Yunchao (温云超); WU Renhua (吴仁华); XIA Ming (夏明); XIA Yeliang  (夏业良); YANG Jianli (杨建利); ZHANG Jing (张菁); ZHOU Fengsuo  (周锋锁);

[Germany (德国)]         LIAO Yiwu (廖亦武); SU Yutong  (苏雨桐);  

 [UK (英国)]                    FENG Yun  (封云);

[Canada (加拿大)]          HOU Wenzhuo (侯文卓); LIU Shasha  (刘沙沙); YANG Kuang  (杨匡); ZHAI Bugang (翟步刚);

 [Australia (澳大利亚)]   CHEN Qiangbao (陈强保); CHEN Weijian (陈维健); LI Juan (李隽); LI Jun (李俊); LV Yin (吕毅);QIN Jin(秦晋); SHEN Wenshi (盛闻世); SU Zhi (苏智); SUN Hao (孙浩); TAN Yan (谭彦); WU Lebao (吴乐宝); XIA Jiecheng (夏杰成); XIE Yi (谢怡); YANG Jia (杨伽); YU Yang (余阳); YUAN Tieliang (元铁梁);  ZHANG Ming (张明); ZHANG Shang (张上); ZHONG Jinjiang (钟锦江); ZHONG Wei (钟韦);


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