United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will attend the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, his spokesman said on Thursday after the United States announced a diplomatic boycott and several other Western countries followed suit. the American example.
“The Secretary-General received an invitation from the International Olympic Committee to attend the opening of the Beijing Winter Games and he has accepted it,” spokeswoman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.
The United States has said its athletes will continue to compete but will not send a diplomatic delegation to protest human rights abuses in China.
Australia, Britain and Canada also announced a diplomatic boycott. France has no plans to join the boycott, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, calling the move “irrelevant”.
China warned countries that had decided to boycott would “pay the price” for the move.
Advocacy groups have backed the US-led effort, with Sophie Richardson, director of Human Rights Watch in China, calling it a “crucial step towards challenging the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs and other minority communities.