The 28-point resolution calls on European Union (EU) and member state officials to decline all invitations to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, “unless China improves the human rights situation in Hong Kong.” Kong, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Tibet, Inner Mongolia and other places”.
According to The Guardian, the resolution was passed with 578 votes in favor, 29 against and 73 abstentions.
Amid escalating EU-China tensions, the resolution also calls on governments to impose more sanctions, issue emergency visas to Hong Kong journalists and assist Hong Kong residents in relocating to Europe.
Beijing has always opposed movements to boycott the Olympics. China denies all allegations related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and accuses countries of meddling in internal affairs.
At a press conference on July 8, responding to another call by British MPs to boycott the Beijing Olympics, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin accused some people of trying to cause trouble or sabotage. Olympics “for political motives”.