(CNSNews.com) -- Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said Communist China should not be allowed to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games because of its “grotesque” human rights violations. The congressmen made their remarks at a press conference hosted by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
At the conference, Sen. Rubio, chairman of the CECC, said the Commission will urge the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reassign the 2022 Olympics, which are currently set to take place in Beijing.
“We will be urging the president of the International Olympic Committee to take steps to review and ultimately reassign the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, given the current grotesque human rights violations, beginning with these horrific camps,” Sen. Rubio said.
Rubio was referring to China’s “political re-education camps” where Muslim Uyghurs are allegedly being detained for their religious beliefs and, in some cases, tortured and killed.
According to Congressman Smith, co-chairman of the CECC, “These are detention camps, these are ‘re-education camps’ where people are killed, where they are tortured and they are brutalized in so many, many ways.”
Rubio and Smith held Wednesday’s press conference to release the CECC’s 2018 annual report, which details human rights conditions in China and provides policy recommendations to the U.S. government.
According to Rubio, under Chinese President Xi Jinping, the People’s Republic of China has experienced a “dire human rights situation” and “the continued downward trajectory” of human rights conditions.
Smith said that allowing the Olympics to be held under Jinping would be “unconscionable,” pointing to Beijing’s treatment of dissidents and activists during the Summer 2008 Olympic Games.
“To think that it’s even possible that under Xi Jinping there could be an Olympics Games held is unconscionable,” he said. “That happened years ago, and what did they do right before the Olympics occurred, the Summer Olympics? They rounded up all the dissidents and the human rights activists and put them into prison so they couldn’t talk to you – the journalists.”
“They’ll do the same thing, and they should not be rewarded, not rewarded at all, for this egregious human rights policy that they have embarked upon,” said Congressman Smith.
Rep. Smith pointed out that the CECC has an “action plan” to combat China’s human rights abuses.
“There need to be penalties,” he said.
“I mean, the easiest lift of all is to say, ‘No Olympics for you,’” he added.
According to the Black Book of Communism (Harvard University Press), Communist China has killed more than 65 million of its own people for political reasons since 1950.