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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — While Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have come out with one voice promoting an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus, it has come to light that the State Department ended a months-long study earlier this year that was investigating whether the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
On Wednesday, Biden announced a directive to U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble their efforts” in investigating the origins of COVID-19 and issue a report within 90 days that “could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion.”
The announcement came a few days after a Wall Street Journal article revealing that three researchers from the Chinese lab became sick enough in November 2019 — “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness” — to seek hospital care, providing additional evidence of a viral leak from the lab.
However, as has been confirmed by Fox News, earlier this year the Biden administration discontinued a study on a possible origin of the virus — which was initiated by Trump administration Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and conducted within the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) — after a briefing of the team's initial findings.
Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department, denied that the AVC study had been shut down, but indicated that “the team's work ended after delivering a report in February and March,” as Fox News summarized.
Price acknowledged the validity of questions about the origin of the virus in China, as did former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation Chris Ford, who said, “The lab origin theory is very possible and China must be held to account.” Ford explained that he had only learned about the AVC investigation in December, and that he had “procedural concerns and structural concerns” with it.
Another source informed Fox News that AVC employed a single contractor to conduct this particular research, along with other topics, and that “the inquiry was closed amid concerns about methodology.”
Fox News identified David Asher as the contractor who led the AVC investigation. Asher defended his work and charged that some State Department colleagues at the time “were deliberately playing down possible links to China’s biological weapons program.”
The Communist-run People’s Republic of China is guilty of systematic human rights' abuses which are totally and utterly inconsistent with the spirit of the Olympic Games.
And yet, the 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in Beijjing, starting in only one year's time.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which calls on the International Olympic Committee to take emergency action and relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics away from China for widespread human rights' abuses incompatible with the ethos of the Olympic Games.
Think about the ongoing genocide of the Uighur people who inhabit the North-west corner of China; think of the recent crackdown and arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong; think of the detention of members of Falun Gong; and, think of the persecution of Christians in China.
This is sickening.
China should be held to account for its manifest human rights' abuses, not lauded on the world stage. The Chinese Communist Party should be shamed, not celebrated.
Right now, the delay of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which were scheduled to begin last summer, provides the perfect opportunity for the IOC to press pause on the Beijing Games, and take emergency action to relocate them away from China.
Not only that, but it could be very strongly argued that sending athletes from around the world to the "breeding ground of Covid-19" and then back home again, makes absolutely no sense from the perspective of protecting public health.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which calls on the IOC to cancel the 2022 Winter Games in China and relocate them to another country which upholds and defends human rights.
Here are just some of the human rights' abuses which China is guilty of:
GENOCIDE. In a report released on January, 19th of this year, the U.S. State Department found that, at least since 2017, the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of "genocide" against the Uighur population, living in Xinjiang Province. An abbreviated list of lesser crimes committed by the state against this largely-Muslim ethnic group includes:
- Torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained
- Forced labor
- The imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.
CRACKDOWN ON HONG KONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. China's newly-implemented National Security Law (NSL) is being used to enforce a draconian clampdown and arrest of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, who have bravely resisted the Communist Party's efforts to squash the right to vote and the right to run for political office.
PERSECUTION. China has mercilessly persecuted practioners of Falun Gong and Christians of every denomination. Over the last few years, incidents of persecution include:
- Christian churches have been destroyed by authorities.
- Two million Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Falun Gong followers have been held in detention.
- Christian teachings have been reinterpreted according to socialist doctrine.
- Churches in Hunan province were forced to remove displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes of President Xi Jinping.
These appalling human rights' abuses don't even include the extensive history of forced abortion and sterilization which the Chinese Communists are known to have committed in their ruthless enforcement of their "one-child policy," which only ended in 2015.
Of course, the world's premier amateur athletes should not be punished for the sins of the hosting nation, but neither should they lend their credibility and talent to support a nation which is guilty of so many systematic human rights' abuses.
That's why the IOC has an obligation to act and pull the Olympics out of China; otherwise, the IOC, itself, faces losing all credibility with sports fans around the world.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which urges the IOC to take emergency action and relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. Not only will the IOC avoid the disgrace of supporting a human rights abuser, it will also help to ensure that yet a new wave of Covid doesn't emanate from China.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'One of Trump’s last moves: US declares China’s actions against Uyghurs ‘genocide’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/one-of-trumps-last-moves-us-declares-chinas-actions-against-uyghurs-genocide
'Hong Kong authorities arrest dozens of prominent pro-democracy activists' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hong-kong-authorities-arrest-dozens-of-prominent-pro-democracy-activists
'It’s time for the Pope to recognize the carnage among Uighurs, Catholics in China' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/its-time-for-the-pope-to-recognize-the-carnage-among-uighurs-catholics-in-china
“We don’t know for certain what happened in Wuhan, but we had every reason to investigate and ask questions,” he continued. “As the State Department's Jan. 15 statement said – and as additional disclosures and expert analyses of the last few months have underscored – there is probable cause for deep suspicion” that the virus originated at WIV.
Though Asher left the State Department at the end of the Trump administration, he did assist in the composition of a January 15 memo released by Pompeo that affirmed the WIV has cooperated on “secret projects” with China’s military since “at least 2017.”
Asher also asserted that the Chinese Communist Party clearly “engaged in a huge cover-up over the stealth ability of COVID to transmit human-to-human,” and continues to do so in not allowing outside national and international health officials access to information regarding the origins of the pandemic.
In summarizing his team’s work at the State Department, Asher said, “In the last months of the last administration, we didn’t draw or assert any conclusions, but we worked successfully to reveal certain facts and raise significant questions about the clear plausibility of a lab leak origin” of the virus.
“This was a global public service,” he said, while also emphasizing he didn’t “know why the Biden team would doubt an effort to carry out a fair and accurate investigation into a subject that increasing numbers of leading scientists are now also calling to study.”
On the Wednesday broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the host asked Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri why the Biden administration would shut down “a months-long investigation into the central question of the moment?”
Hawley replied, “I don't know why they canceled it, Tucker, except for maybe they didn't want the answer.”