Denmark joins diplomatic boycott of Olympics

Denmark, like a number of other countries, will not send official representatives to the Winter Olympics in China next month due to human rights concerns.

The decision was based on “an overview of the situation”, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told the Ritzau news agency on Friday evening, adding that Denmark’s views on China policy were not valid. no secret.

Kofod told Danish radio station DR that the government would show support for Danish athletes – but not in person in Beijing.

There has been a wave of diplomatic boycotts against the Beijing Games since the United States announced in December that its officials were staying away even though their athletes were present.

The United States cited China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang”, referring to the crackdown on the Uyghur population and other minority ethnic and religious groups in the western region.

Australia, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and others all joined the protest.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will travel to Beijing for the opening ceremony on February 4.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also due to visit the Chinese capital that day.

According to Kofod, the Danish government tried to find a common line between the 27 member countries of the European Union on the issue but failed.

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