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Virtual Event | The Olympics Boycott Series - Part 1: Inside the US Decision to Call Out the Uyghur Genocide
Protesters hold up placards and banners as they attend a demonstration in Sydney on June 23, 2021 to call on the Australian government to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics over China's human rights record. (Getty Images)
Protesters hold up placards and banners as they attend a demonstration in Sydney on June 23, 2021 to call on the Australian government to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics over China's human rights record. (Getty Images)

Virtual Event | The Olympics Boycott Series - Part 1: Inside the US Decision to Call Out the Uyghur Genocide

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The Winter Olympic Games in Beijing will take place against the backdrop of an ongoing genocide of China’s Uyghur Muslim minority—prompting countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia to announce diplomatic boycotts of the games. Hosting the Olympic Games is a golden propaganda opportunity for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which publicly presents a cheerful, confident façade while suppressing any hint that its ethnic Muslims and other human rights victims are suffering egregious repression at its hands.

To keep the focus on the CCP’s systematic human rights abuses, Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom will mark the games with a series of four deep-dive discussions on genocide and religious repression with noted China experts. The series will address the CCP’s responsibility for religious genocide against Xinjiang’s ethnic Muslims and abuses against various other religious minorities, its deceptive tactics to cover these up, and successful strategies to document evidence of repression in China’s strictly-controlled political environment.

Tune in throughout the month of February for the next installments of Hudson’s “Olympics Boycott Series:”

February 8 at 12 p.m. Part 2: Beijing’s Coverup of Human Rights Abuses

February 10 at 12 p.m. Part 3: The New Threat to Religious Freedom in Hong Kong

February 17 at 12 p.m. Part 4: Organ Harvesting as an Instrument of Religious Repression

In the first installment of this series, the director of Hudson’s Center for Religious Freedom, Nina Shea, will sit down with Hudson Senior Fellow Miles Yu to discuss his experiences at the U.S. State Department in the pivotal role of principal China policy adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In this capacity, he advised Secretary Pompeo on the decision to officially designate the persecution of the Uyghurs as “genocide,” and, in a bold departure from prior policy, to assume a leadership role in standing up to China’s threats to freedom throughout the world.

Speakers

Miles Yu

Former State Department Principal Policy Planning Advisor on China, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Nina Shea

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute

Hudson Experts

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