Switzerland: Tibetan Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein organised a cycle rally in protest against the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. In honor and respect to all Tibetan martyrs, over 80 cyclists wore T-shirts imprinted photos of Tibetan self-immolators, and rallied from Zurich city’s main station to the Consulate of China on 28th August 2021.
Expressing the disappointment over International Olympic Committee’s failure to do justice for people who continue to suffer under the Chinese Communist Regime, the members of the Tibetan Community called for the international community including International Olympic Committee to heed the voices of people suppressed by the Chinese communist regime.
Despite clear evidence of widespread human rights violations in Tibet, East Turkistan, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia, and other regions under China, the 2022 winter Olympics to take place in Beijing questioned the credibility of the International Olympics Committee’s charter, said the community in their press released. Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, instead of upholding International human rights standards and core values of the Olympics charter, China has consistently violated every facet of human rights in Tibet and other regions with impunity. The unfulfilled promises made by China to get the 2008 Olympics bid is the clearest indication that the 2022 Olympics game in Beijing will take place in a human rights abusive environment that is significantly worse than that of 2008, added in the press statement.
The cycle rally was organised as part of the Tibetan Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein’s monthly event in protest against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The community also organised a street theatre highlighting the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet in the city of Zurich, last month. Furthermore, the Tibetan Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein along with three Swiss-based Tibet groups: the Swiss-Tibetan Friendship Association, the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe, and the Tibetan Women’s Organisation-Switzerland filed a complaint against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the Swiss National Contact Point in Bern for violating the OECD Guidelines over the award of the Beijing Winter Olympics Games earlier this year.
Report filed by Tibet Bureau Geneva