How many lives must be destroyed or lost before the international community finally uses its power to hold China to account?
Tennis star and three-time Olympian Peng Shuai is just the latest victim of the Chinese Communist Party’s brutality. After accusing former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home last week, Peng’s post was scrubbed from the internet and she disappeared from the public eye completely. She has since been spotted greeting fans at an event, and she reportedly told the International Olympic Committee this weekend that she is “safe and well.”
But it should be obvious to anyone familiar with China’s habit of censorship and intimidation that Peng is far from OK. More than likely, she has been threatened by the CCP into silence and forced to act like nothing is wrong. She is a prisoner and a hostage, and the only reason she hasn’t disappeared entirely is because the matter drew international attention.
She’s fortunate in that way. Right now, hundreds of thousands of people in China are facing a reality even worse than Peng’s. The Uyghur Muslims, specifically, are being held in concentration camps in the Xinjiang region, where they are tortured, indoctrinated, and killed. But because no one knows their names, they have no hope for escape. The regime could kill them tomorrow, and no one would know.
For their sakes, and for Peng’s, the international community must act. The first step should be to withdraw the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing. Every single country that cares about human rights and freedom should agree to pull their teams from the Olympics unless the events are moved. If the International Olympics Committee refuses to change the location, these countries should come up with an alternative location and hold their own Olympics.
The message must be made clear: We will not be a party to crimes against humanity, and we will not pretend like they are not happening in China. Peng is not the first victim, and she will not be the last.
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