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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: News
    and confirm that the IOC will continue to take this stand right through to the end of the 2008 Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Beijing The government of the People s Republic of China continues to be one of the grossest violators of human rights in the world On top from executing more people in a year than the rest of the world s governments combined it turns a blind eye to torture and ill treatment of detainees and prisoners regularly persecutes people who merely exercise their freedom of expression Censorship continues to block information that the authorities do not see as beneficial to its policies the elaborate system of internet surveillance has created a new group of Chinese cyber dissidents The Athens incident further suggests that the Beijing government is attempting to export violations of freedom of expression into the rest of the world Olympic Watch Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country was established in Prague in 2001 Its mission is to monitor the human rights situation in the People s Republic of China in the run up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and to campaign to achieve improvements in the lives of the people of China Full text of the letter faxed today to IOC President Jacques Rogge follows below Prague Frankfurt 10 August 2004 Dear President Rogge We are extremely concerned to hear that posters and other material promoting the democratic Republic of China Taiwan are being blocked from display at Athens International Airport and elsewhere in the city Even more worrying are the reports that the International Olympic Committee IOC was involved in this procedure Under pressure by the totalitarian government of the People s Republic of China it instructed the Athens Olympics Organising Committee to take

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=70 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: News
    Censorship and other violations of the freedom of expression are among the types of human rights abuses inherent to the undemocratic regime in the PRC In the run up to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games this gives yet another clear example to the international community of the way the Olympic ideals might be violated by Beijing in 2008 if there is no respect for human rights and no progress towards

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=64 (2016-02-13)
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    Last summer hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets in protest and thus stopped legislative motion that was to develop Article 23 of the Basic Law into a tool for persecution In recent months several journalists have quit their jobs when their personal security had allegedly been threatened Beijing has also refused to recognize universal suffrage for the 2007 2008 elections Olympic Watch Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country was established in Prague in 2001 Its mission is to monitor the human rights situation in the People s Republic of China in the run up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and to campaign to achieve improvements in the lives of the people of China The full text of the statement follows below Statement on the situation in Hong Kong Seven years after Hong Kong s return under Chinese administration Olympic Watch calls on the government of the People s Republic of China to respect the wishes of Hong Kong citizens and to uphold its commitments from the Sino British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic Law Olympic Watch is concerned to hear about the growing pressure by the communist authorities against the rights and liberties of the Hong Kong people such their freedom of speech and freedom of association The traditional operation of free media in Hong Kong must not be disturbed their editors must not be threatened Hong Kong citizens must without delay receive their universal suffrage for the election of the Chief Executive and of the whole legislature as stipulated by the Basic Law We believe that the recent developments in Hong Kong clearly demonstrate that the human rights situation in China is not improving The Beijing communist government continues to suppress the democratic wishes of the people in

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=63 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: News
    The Beijing government continues to persecute Falun Gong practitioners They are subject to detention and torture often even resulting in death Dozens of Falun Gong practitioners are currently imprisoned for merely peacefully publishing their beliefs on the internet Olympic Watch sees their persecution as one of the clearest manifestations of the abhorrent situation in China Full text of the statement As people around the world celebrate the Falun Dafa Day today Olympic Watch calls on the government of the People s Republic of China to stop the persecution of peaceful believers in China Olympic Watch condemns the ongoing violation of rights of Falun Gong practitioners as well as of Tibetan Buddhists Chinese Christians and followers of other spiritual movements On this day our thoughts go to all those who are being detained tortured and otherwise persecuted for their peaceful activities The fate of Falun Gong practitioners is a clear example of the horrific situation in China people are punished for peacefully practicing their beliefs or expressing their opinions Large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners daily face persecution and after detention are often subject to torture Several Falun Gong practitioners have also been persecuted for peacefully promoting their beliefs on the

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=57 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: News
    piece titled Choices in Beijing refuses the typical cultural relativism approach that Klaus and some other Western politicians adopt when dealing with China The democratic determination of people in Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as of dissidents in the PRC shows that those Chinese who can or dare to speak their mind freely understand very well the concepts of human rights and democracy The full text of the article

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=54 (2016-02-13)
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    rights situation in China during his trip and add specific suggestions for negotiations The plea has been signed by Jan Ruml Chairman of Olympic Watch Tomas Pojar Executive Director of People in Need Marian Zajicek Chairman of Amnesty International Czech Republic and Lubomir Sklenka Chairman of Lungta They call on Mr Klaus to mention the need for Beijing to finalize its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=50 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: News
    the time of the 2008 Olympics The Beijing regime is among the world s grossest violators of freedom of speech The operation of international media is limited in the country and Chinese media are subject to censorship Dozens of Chinese journalists serve prison sentences for reporting news that did not please the Chinese authorities Many foreign websites are blocked in the whole of China and Beijing s treatment of Chinese people who post their opinions on the web has created the specific category of cyber dissidents Olympic Watch Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country was established in Prague in 2001 Its mission is to monitor the human rights situation in the People s Republic of China in the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games and to campaign to achieve improvements in the lives of the people of China The full text of the statement follows below FULL TEXT OF THE STATEMENT OF JANUARY 9 2004 Olympic Watch Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country is concerned with the news of a recent SARS outbreak and calls on the government of the People s Republic of China to ensure the freedom of speech and access to information This will be the only way to effectively curb the spread of the virus As news emerges of additional SARS cases in China we are reminded of how the barriers to freedom of speech and access to information in the PRC contributed to last year s epidemic that spread immediately around the world We also remember the citizens of the PRC who fell victim to the AIDS epidemic due to the fact that the Beijing government blocked access to crucial information about this disease If Beijing is to host the 2008 Olympic

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=39 (2016-02-13)
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    prison respectively Zheng Enchong is to serve three years in prison for the crime of illegally providing state secrets to entities outside of China by allegedly sending two reports about a workers demonstration to a New York based human rights organization He Depu in a case that received coverage in the media around the world was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempt to overthrow the state because he

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=34 (2016-02-13)
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