An open letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres – Archyde

We are a coalition of over 250 global civil society groups representing Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hong Kongers, Chinese, Southern Mongolians, Taiwanese and other impacted and impacted communities. We are writing to you with serious concern at reports that you have accepted an invitation to attend the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.

Since the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, we have seen human rights abuses spiral into a chasm in every region under Chinese rule. There is ample evidence of the government’s systematic use of torture and repression of human rights defenders, the excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators, and the widespread arrests of journalists, women’s rights activists and lawyers. Freedom and democracy in Hong Kong have been completely dismantled; Tibet is completely sealed off from the outside world; and state-led genocide and crimes against humanity – the gravest human rights abuses under international law – including mass arrests, torture, sexual abuse and persecution are perpetrated against Uyghurs and other Turkish Muslims.

The extreme nature of these violations has been widely recognized by the Special Procedures Mechanisms and treaty bodies of the United Nations (UN). In June 2020 more than 50
Independent UN human rights experts expressed their deep concern at China’s mass abuses and called on “the international community to act collectively and decisively to ensure China respects human rights and honors its international obligations.” They also called on “the UN Human Rights Council to act with a sense of urgency and take all appropriate measures to monitor Chinese human rights practices.”

The Chinese government’s disregard for human rights is also evident within the UN, by repeatedly blocking targeted sanctions against violating governments in the UN Security Council, attempting to silence debate in the Human Rights Council, and in some cases refusing its significant influence to assert the worst human rights crises.


Given the evidence of the serious downward spiral in human rights abuses, it is highly inappropriate for you, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to attend any part of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.

Their participation would undermine United Nations efforts to hold China to account and would violate the fundamental principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and relevant treaties. In addition, your presence as the highest official of the United Nations will provide credibility to China’s blatant disregard for international human rights law and will serve to encourage action by the Chinese authorities.

We therefore urge you to reconsider your decision to participate in the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.



Mandie McKeown, Executive Director, International Tibet Network – on behalf of:

Dorjee Tseten Dolkun Isa Frances Hui
Students for a Free Tibet World Uyghur Congress We, the Hong Kongers

Rushan Abbas Jenny Wang Tashi Shitsetsang
Campaign for Uyghurs Keep Taiwan Free Tibetan Youth Association Europe

John Jones Dr. Zoe Bedford Teng Biao
Free Tibet Australia Tibet Council China Against the Death Penalty

Zhou Fengsuo Zhou Fengsuo Mattias Bjornerstedt Bhuchung Tsering
Humanitarian China Swedish Tibet Committee International Campaign for Tibet

Lhadon Tethong Omer Kanat
Tibet Action Institute Uyghur Human Rights Project

Enghebatu Togochog
South Mongolian Human Rights Center and the following organizations:

ACT Tibetan Community
Action Free Hong Kong Montreal Helping Tibetan Refugees Alberta Uyghur Association Amigos de Tibet, Colombia Amigos del Tíbet, Chile
Friends of Tibet, El Salvador
Anterrashtriya Bharat – Tibbet Sahyog Samiti AREF International Onlus
Asociación Cultural Peruano Tibetana Asociación Cultural Tibetano Costarricense Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina Association Drôme Ardèche-Tibet Associazione Italia-Tibet
Verband der New School for Democracy Atlas Movement
Australia China clock
Australian East Turkestan Association
Australian and New Zealand Alliance for Victims of the Chinese Communist Regime
Australian Uyghur Association
Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association Austrian Uyghur Association
Bath District Tibet Support Group Bay Area Friends of Tibet Belgium Uyghur Association
Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India Birmingham meets Hong Kong Boston Tibet Network
Boston Uyghur Association Briancon05 Urgency Tibet Bristol Tibet
Burst the bubble UK CADAL
Canada-Tibet Committee
Canadian Coalition Against Communism Captive Nations Coalition
Tibethaus – Spain Tibethaus Mexico
Tibetan Cultural Center, Brazil China Alarm
Circle of Friends (Philippines) Citizens’ Initiatives for China Committee of Apoyo al Tibet (CAT) Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Committee of 100 for Tibet
Core Group for the Tibetan Cause, India
Cornell Society for the Promotion of East Asian Liberty Covenants Watch
Czechs support Tibet
DC chapter of the China Democracy Party
DC4HK – Washingtonians who support Hong Kong are defending democracy
Dream for children, Japan
Dutch Uyghur Human Rights Foundation East Turkistan Association in Finnland East Turkistan Association of Canada
Ostturkestan Bildungszentrum in Europa Ostturkestan New Generation Movement Ostturkestan Nuzugum Kultur- und Familienorganisation
Press and Media Organization of East Turkestan

Liberal Democratic League of Ukraine
Lions Des Neiges Mont Blanc, FrankreichLungta Association Belgium
House of the Himalayas House of Tibet – Tibet Info Mavi Hilal Humanitarian Organization
McGill Hong Kong Public Awareness and Social Service McMaster unterstützt Hongkong
National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India National Democratic Party of Tibet Netherlands for Hong Kong
Now never again
Northern California Hong Kong Club Norwegian Tibet Committee Norwegian Uyghur Committee NY4HK
Destination Tibet Tibetan Passport
Ontario Hong Kong Youth Action (OHKYA) Perth Anti-KPCh-Vereinigung
Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara Power for Hong Kongers
RangZen:Movimento Tibete Livre, Brasilien Regional Tibetan Association of Massachusetts Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesien Sakya Trinley Ling
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet Save the Mongolian Language Save Persecuted Christians Save Tibet Foundation
Save Tibet, Österreich Shukr Foundation Sierra Friends of Tibet
Society for Threatened Peoples International Society Union of Uyghur National Association STAND Canada
Stand with Hong Kong Vienna Stop the Uyghur Genocide Canada Free Tibet Students – Canada Free Tibet Students – UK
Free Tibet Students – Denmark Free Tibet Students – India Free Tibet Students – Japan Free Tibet Students – Taiwan Hong Kong Students
Support the Hong Kong Independence Movement, the Uyghur Education Union of Swedes
Swedish Tibet Committee
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association (GSTF)
Switzerland East Turkestan Association 台灣永社 Taiwan Forever Association Taiwan Friends of Tibet
Taiwan East Turkistan Association Taiwan New Constitution Foundation Taiwan Association for Human Rights Taiwan Labour Front
Tashi Delek Bordeaux
The Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan
Tibet Action Group of Western Australia Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)
Tibet-Komitee der Fairbanks Tibet Group, Panama

Ostturkestan-Union in Europa Ostturkistan-Stiftung
Eastern Turkistan Uyghur Association in the Netherlands EcoTibet Ireland
Students for a Free Tibet
Euro-Asia Foundation: Teklimakan Verlag European Uyghur Institute
Federation for a Democratic China
fight for freedom Stand with the Hong Kong Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama
France Tibet Freedom Ummah
Free Indo-Pacific Alliance Free Tibet Fukuoka FREE TIBET ITALIA
Friends of Tibet in Costa Rica Friends of Tibet in Finland Friends of Tibet in New Zealand Friends4Tibet
Germany stands with Hong Kong
Global Alliance for Tibet and Persecuted Minorities Global Solidarity with Hong Kong – Chicago Tibet Support Group, Portugal
Halifax-Hong Kong connection
Hong Kong Committee in Norwegen Hong Kong Democracy Council
Hong Kong Affairs Association of Berkeley (HKAAB) Hong Kong Forum, Los Angeles
Hong Kong Liberty Hong Kongers at McGill Hong Kong Outlanders
Hong Kong social action movements in Boston Hong Kongers in the San Francisco Bay Area Human rights solidarity
Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan Ilham Tohti Initiative
India-Tibet Friendship Society
International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China Institute for China’s Democratic Transition
International Pen Uyghur Center
International Society for Human Rights – Sweden International Society for Human Rights, Munich branch International Support for Uyghurs
International Tibet Independence Movement International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation
Isa Yusup Alptekin Foundation Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People
Japanese Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha) Japanese Uyghur Association
Jewish Movement for Uyghur Freedom Justice 4 Uyghurs
Justice for Uyghurs – Switzerland Justice for All Canada
Kazakhstan National Cultural Center of Latvia for Tibet
The French Club, Paraguay Friends of Tibet – Belgium Friends of Tibet Luxembourg

Tibet Initiative Deutschland Tibet Justice Center
Tibet Lives, India Tibet Mx
Tibet Patria Libre, Uruguay Tibet Rescue Initiative in Africa Tibet Solidarity
Tibetan Society of South Africa
Tibet Support Committee Dänemark Tibet Support Group Adelaide Tibet Support Group Kenia
Tibet Self-Help Group Kiku, Japan Tibet Self-Help Group Netherlands Tibet Self-Help Group Slovenia Tibetan Association Germany Tibetan Association Ithaca
Tibetan Association of Northern California Tibetan Association of Philadelphia Tibetan Community Austria
Tibetan community in UK Tibetan community in Denmark Tibetan community in Ireland Tibetan community in Italy Tibetan community in Victoria Tibetan community in Sweden Tibetan community, Queensland
Tibetan Cultural Association – Quebec
Tibetisches Programm der The Other Space Foundation Tibetan Women’s Association (Central)
Tibetans of Mixed Heritage Tibetan Center Hamburg TIBETmichigan
Toronto Association for Democracy in China Torontonian Hong Kongers Action Group
US Hong Kongers Club
Uyghur Society of the Kyrgyz Republic Umer Uyghur Trust
United Nations Uyghur Academy for a Free Tibet (UNFFT).
Uyghur Academy Europe Uyghur American Association Uyghur Association of Victoria Uyghur Association of France
Uyghur Center for Human Rights and Democracy Uyghur Culture and Education Union in Germany Uyghur Education Union
Uyghur Projects Foundation Uyghur Refugee Relief Fund Uyghur Research Institute Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project
Uyghur Support Group Niederlande Uyghur Transitional Justice Database Uyghur UK Association
Uyghur Youth Union in Kazakhstan Uyghur Cultural Center Vancouver Hong Kong Forum Society
Vancouver Society in Support of the Democratic Movement Viktoria Uyghur Association
Voices from Tibet
World Uyghur Congress Foundation

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