Monday, August 25, 2008

Olympics: China and IOC must learn from mistakes and uphold human rights values

AI has criticised the IOC's failure to hold China to human rights reform:

"...As the Beijing Olympics ended, Amnesty International today accused the Chinese authorities of prioritizing image over substance as it continued to persecute and punish activists and journalists during the Games.

The organization also criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for tarnishing the human rights legacy of the Olympics by turning a blind eye to the abuses.

“The Beijing Olympics have been a spectacular sporting event but they took place against a backdrop of human rights violations, with activists prevented from expressing their views peacefully and many in detention when they have committed no crime,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Deputy Program Director in Hong Kong...."


Steven said...

Beijing, please move on. The next guy in line is London. I hope London can respect the minority rights and grant full autonomy to Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Gibraltar, Wales and Scotland. And this is from USA, the country who committed mass murder of native indians and completely wiped out many tribes in their entirety.

Free Hawaii !
Free Texas !!
Free Guantanamo Bay prisoners!!!

Mark Thomson said...

Amnesty keeps a watch on all countries who violate human rights, However, nothing has been on a scale of the brutalisation of Tibet since WW2. In the case of Tibet a whole people have been subjugated (yes, as in the case of the North American Indians - I agree) and who have been subject to cultural genocide (yes, that happened to the North American Indians). The difference sunshine is that Tibet is happening in our time and we can do something about it!