2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Thank you for contacting me about the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

I note your concerns about suitability of China hosting this event, whether because of its disregard for the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong or for human rights violations in Tibet and against the Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. The UK has repeatedly raised these concerns with China, and I am assured that the UK will continue to work with our international allies to hold China to account for its actions and urge it to live up to its responsibilities.

In regard to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, it is the responsibility of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to decide the host cities for the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Team GB’s participation in any Olympic Games is regulated by the British Olympic Association which is a privately funded organisation independent of Government.

As the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Olympic Association must act in line with the Olympic Charter. I was pleased to learn that the IOC has strengthened its human rights approach in recent years.

My ministerial colleagues at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office inform me that no decisions have yet been made about the Government's attendance at the Games.

I will of course continue to follow this situation closely and continue to speak up for the rights of Uyghurs in the House of Commons such as the example linked below:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2020-12-16/debates/5A8183C8-0467-4D58-8FAF-55AA109F40CD/details#contribution-9813930F-C283-4612-A037-44F338725E70