January 15 / 2020
"No Rights. No Games." is using the 2022 Olympics to place pressure on the Chinese government to end its persecution of Uyghur Muslims.
“The Olympics brings people together, and it brings people together in a supposedly non-politicized way,” said Peter Irwin, the primary coordinator of the campaign. “If you have games that is hosted in a country with concentration camps—and I'll use that language—that completely does not square with the very clear spirit of the games and the Olympic movement.”
Both Kashgary and Irwin are clear that No Rights. No Games. is not advocating for a boycott of the Olympics—at least not yet. The group has two demands: The first is that China shut down the camps. The second asks China to respect Uyghur rights outside of the camps too. If these two demands are met, the group would like to see the winter games continue as planned in Beijing. But if China refuses, No Rights. No Games. plans to call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to relocate the Olympics to a country that is not engaging in the mass detention of religious and ethnic minorities.
“We want the Olympics to go forward; we want the Olympics to be successful,” Irwin said. “But the main point is that they will not be successful if they're held in a country where there are concentration camps and they're treating a population this way.”
“We just want to know that the IOC is going to hold China accountable,” added Kashgary.
For further information about the No Rights No Games Official campaign place visit: https://www.norightsnogames.org/