Denmark and Netherlands latest countries to join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

by Anne Kader

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Denmark will not send diplomats to the Beijing Winter Olympics, due to human rights issues in the host country, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod told Reuters on Friday.


The Netherlands won’t send a government delegation either, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Frits Kemperman told Reuters. He said the Covid-19 rules in China would make it difficult for Dutch diplomats to discuss their concerns about human rights issues.


The United States announced a diplomatic boycott of the games last month due to the repression of Uyghurs in ‘Xinjiang’. Australia, Great Britain, and Canada joined soon after, agreeing to send athletes but no government officials to the winter Olympic games.

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