Thursday 15 July 2021 / 6:50 PM Foreign Policy / Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy comments following the decision by Parliament to back a political boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting following the decision by Parliament to back a political boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, said:

“Today’s landmark decision by Parliament to back a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics sends a clear message that appalling human rights abuses must have consequences.

“By refusing to back today’s motion, this Government is sleepwalking into a situation where members of government and the Royal Family will participate in a PR coup for the Chinese authorities while genocide is committed against the Uyghur. Global Britain must stand for more than this.

“With a global audience of billions, the Beijing Olympics must be the moment we show the world that we will not look away. The Government must use this moment to call time on one of the world’s most appalling human rights atrocities. We cannot turn a blind eye to genocide.”