Mon, 7 February 2022
The Winter Olympics have begun. China wants the Beijing Games to showcase the country’s meteoric rise, but American legislators and an international coalition of activists see the Games as an opportunity to spotlight China’s human rights record.
First, we hear from U.S. track and field star Raven “Hulk” Saunders about the Olympic podium protest ban. Then, WorldAffairs host Philip Yun talks with a former State Department colleague, Bennett Freeman, about the campaign to pressure China to change. Finally, journalist Mary Kay Magistad speaks with two leaders from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority about surveillance, repression, and state violence in the shadow of the Winter Olympics.
Raven Saunders, 2021 silver medalist for U.S. Olympic Track and Field team
Bennett Freeman, former deputy assistant secretary of state, democracy, human rights and labor
Zumretay Arkin, program manager at World Uyghur Congress
Nury Turkel, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute
Philip Yun, co-host, WorldAffairs
Mary Kay Magistad, associate director at Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society
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