CHINA has been accused of using the Winter Olympics to try to “whitewash” the regime’s disturbing record of torture and executions.
The eyes of the world turned to Beijing as the glitzy opening ceremony kicked off the 2022 games.
But hidden from view are the heinous human rights abuses allegedly committed like clockwork by the regime.
Bloody executions, brutal torture and “concentration camps” are just some of the despicable measures the communist regime allegedly inflicted on its own people for decades.
Human rights organizations have insisted that Chinese authorities should not be allowed to use the Winter Olympics as a “sportswashing” opportunity to improve their tarnished reputation.
As with the 2008 Summer Olympics, there are fears that China will give the rest of the world a brilliant and carefully staged image as the Communists try to airbrush their horrific history of show trials, executions and of some of the worst torture imaginable – not to mention the alleged genocide.
Ahead of the games, China is determined to crush any sign of dissent, and officials have warned that even foreign athletes who make political statements will face “certain penalties”.
But leading human rights organization Amnesty International slammed China for “sportswashing” in a bid to “distract” from its “appalling human rights situation”.
Alkan Akad, China researcher at Amnesty International, told The Sun Online: “The Chinese government is using the Olympics to try to improve its global image, capitalizing on the glamour, prestige and public interest of sport. to cover up its deplorable human rights record. “
He added, “With the 2022 Games, the Chinese government aims to show how China has developed since the 2008 Summer Games.
“He wants to highlight China’s superpower status and distract from its dire human rights record. This amounts to sportwashing.”
The expert warned that the human rights situation had actually worsened since 2008 – and called on governments around the world to push for change in China.
In its 100-year history, the Communist Party has led a murderous regime that is considered “the most prolific executioner in the world”.
Thousands of people are believed to perish each year at the bloody hands of authorities using firing squads, lethal injections and mobile death vans.
The actual number of people killed by the Communist Party is believed to be staggeringly high – but the regime keeps them tightly hidden as state secrets.
With successive rulers during this period, the regime crushed peaceful opposition to anyone who fell foul of the Communist Party to the abyss of mental or physical death.
In 2020, the global figure of at least 483 recorded executions excludes the thousands of executions believed to have taken place in China.
And horror stories of people locked up in China’s hellish “black prisons” have emerged since Xi Jinping became president as citizens are snatched from the streets and thrown into cells.
Human rights are deeply and widely flouted by the regime. And the situation has certainly gotten worse in recent years.
So-called black jails, or Residential Surveillance in a Designated Place (RSDL), sees people deprived of all contact with the outside world, interrogated non-stop for a total of up to six months – with officers having virtually the leisure to coerce confessions of, torture, threaten and mistreat victims.
Human rights activist Peter Dahlin has been confined to a ‘suicide-padded’ cell with just two silent guards for company, watching his every move for 23 days after 20 police raided his Beijing apartment in the middle of the night.
The 41-year-old has been deprived of sleep, access to his embassy, the right to exercise or even sunlight – his only source of relief from his own thoughts being grueling interrogation sessions of late evening – between six and 12 o’clock.
Meanwhile, human rights groups believe China has detained more than a million Uyghur Muslims against their will in recent years.
Hundreds of thousands of people were incarcerated in a network of what the state calls “re-education camps” – but what some have called “concentration camps”.
There is also evidence that they are used as forced labor in factories producing goods for well-known Western brands.
Women were reportedly sterilized and some former camp inmates also claimed to have been tortured and sexually abused.
And from the 1990s to the 2000s, it is claimed that China sought to “eradicate” the Falun Gong religious movement, implementing tactics such as torture, organ harvesting, forced labor and “re-education”.
The victims claimed to have been horribly tortured, including having pins stuck under their fingernails, being given electric shocks, being force-fed and using other methods designed to inflict maximum pain and humiliation.
Amnesty’s Mr Akad added: “Since early 2017, large numbers of men and women from predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang have been arbitrarily detained.
“They include hundreds of thousands of people who were sent to prison in addition to the hundreds of thousands – maybe even a million or more – who were sent to internment camps.
“Torture and other ill-treatment are systematic in the camps, and every aspect of daily life is regimented with the aim of forcibly instilling a secular and homogeneous Chinese nation and the ideals of the Communist Party.”
Roger Garside – who previously worked as a Chinese studies professor at the US Navy Post-Graduate School – says Chinese authorities are deliberately keeping their rules “ambiguous” in a bid to entrap anyone they want.
“Human rights are deeply and widely ignored by the regime,” the former diplomat told Sun Online.
“And the situation has certainly worsened in recent years.
“There are no clear rules – there is a very deliberate ambiguity in the drafting of laws, so ultimately the law is what the party deems it to be at all times.
“Laws are written with careful ambiguity so that, on politically sensitive matters, the crucial decision whether or not ‘Subject A’ has broken the law is ultimately determined for political reasons by the Communist Party.
“It is effective and permanently visible. There are no clear red lines. People living in China are not citizens, they are residents. To be a citizen is to have rights.
“They are not citizens, they are subjects of this regime. And because of the deliberate ambiguity of the law, people know they have to control themselves and censor themselves.
“The Chinese constitution places the Communist Party above the law and recognizes no limits to its authority. The Party acts as the supreme arbiter of truth and lies, good and evil.”