China’s human rights record is coming under scrutiny ahead of the Beijing Olympics

China’s human rights record is coming under scrutiny ahead of the Beijing Olympics

A lot has changed in recent years in China. Sexual assault allegations made against government officials are shining an unprecedented light on the country’s human rights violations. The Chinese government is actively working with international organizations to ensure that there are no barriers to attending the event.

Eva Pils who teaches law at Kings College London with a focus on human rights issues in China told The Washington Post that Peng is the perfect embodiment of the fact that anyone can become a victim of sexual violence, but also in China anyone can become its perpetrator.

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The newspaper reports that major corporations, sports associations, and events organizers have come under pressure in recent months to speak out against China’s human rights violations. Recently, President Joe Biden publicly suggested that the White Press secretary is considering a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Olympic games. They are set to start this February.

Human Rights Watch researcher Yaqiu Wang told the Post that China’s response to criticism, as well as the country’s ongoing situation, have made it difficult for international organizations to determine “whether they are going” to stay in China.

She added that many companies and groups doing business in the country have concluded that it’s all a matter of when not if, another crisis will occur since many people felt they were currently living through one.

July Wang was quoted as saying “It’s harder to say, ‘We are not doing anything political. We are just doing business.”

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