Anis Kanter’s freedom appears at the Republican Study Committee lunch

Former NBA player Ines Kanter Freedom will speak to the conservative Republican Study Committee this week about his activism regarding China and the Uyghur genocide.

The former Boston Celtics, now a free agent, has been a vocal critic of the National Basketball Association for continuing its activities in China and other countries despite human rights abuses. He accused the NBA of trying to silence him for speaking out about those issues and legally added “freedom” to his title last year before the Celtics cut him off.

Spokesperson for the Republican Study Committee Confirmed Canter Freedom’s Wednesday appearance at Lunch at The Hill on Monday. Rep. Jim Banks (R-India) – chair of the Study Committee, the largest conservative party caucus in the House of Representatives – hailed the player’s “enthusiastic support for freedom”.

The United States cannot continue to enable the ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and other atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party. In the face of overwhelming corporate opposition, Banks said in a statement, Anis Freedom defended what was right — regardless of the consequences.

“I am grateful for his continued and passionate support for freedom around the world and appreciate his support for my legislation to hold China accountable,” he added.

Politico, which first reported on the Canter Freedom luncheon visit, said it would defend the Uyghur penal bill on the work the banks are preparing to provide. However, this legislation will not be revealed until Wednesday.

Kanter Freedom in February attended a luncheon for the Senate Republican Study Committee, where he was given a warm welcome by lawmakers from the Republican Party. The senators said his defense of human rights and his criticism of the Chinese government was “extremely inspiring” and “amazing”.

During this appearance, the basketball player spoke about China’s growing influence on the NBA and noted that players and individuals who speak out against Beijing’s history with human rights are blacklisted.

Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, head of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, told ESPN he was “really concerned” about his family’s safety amid backlash from his tweet in 2020 in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Kanter Freedom has become a vocal critic of governments in his native China over the past few years. His criticism of China focused on the alleged genocide against the Uyghurs, a Turkic and Muslim minority.

President Biden in December signed a bill aimed at confronting China over its treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. The United States has also claimed that China is carrying out genocide against the Uyghurs.

The bill passed the House in a voice vote before the Senate’s compromise version was acquitted unanimously. It specifically prohibits entry to the Xinjiang region of China unless people or companies can prove that the goods or materials are being produced without slave labor.

Emily Brooks contributed.

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