Human rights groups call on Airbnb to drop Beijing Olympics sponsorship

A coalition of more than 150 human rights groups wrote an open letter to Airbnb asking them to drop their sponsorship for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games due to human rights violations in the country.

The letter claims Airbnb is not honoring its statement it made in 2019 when they announced the sponsorship. At the time, Airbnb said the games would be “accessible” and a place “where everyone can belong”.

“With more than 2 million Uyghurs arbitrarily detained in internment camps, pro-democracy activists gathered en masse in Hong Kong, and with Tibet now listed as the least free place in the world, along with Syria, he it’s hard to imagine how that will be, ”the letter said.

The letter focuses on the rights of Uyghur Muslims and Tibetans, claiming that they “not being able to travel freely to attend the 2022 Winter Games.

China clashes with the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Canada over their treatment of Uyghur Muslims. All of these countries have imposed sanctions on the country.

Some countries are beginning to label the treatment of Uyghurs as genocide. However, China denies all accusations and says the minority group is only found in vocational training centers.

Airbnb had previously canceled all reservations in Washington, DC before President BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for dismissal of Fauci for “lack of judgment”inauguration due to concerns that there could be violence after the Capitol riot.

“We urge you to use your influence with the IOC to lobby for the Games to be moved and if that does not happen immediately withdraw your support or risk being tainted by the association,” the letter said.

The Hill has contacted Airbnb for comment.

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