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    of illegally providing state secrets to entities outside of China by allegedly sending two reports to the New York based organization Human Rights in China The organization recognized receiving one of them in which Zheng Enchong offered a basic description of a Shanghai workers demonstration in March It denies ever receiving the other alleged report based on which Zheng Enchong was also sentenced Zheng Enchong despite being a lawyer was unaware that the information he provided might constitute a state secret In another case He Depu was detained a year ago and sentenced on 6 November 2003 for attempt to overthrow the state while he only peacefully expressed his opinions by signing an open letter to the Beijing government calling for political reforms His family was not formally notified of his arrest for five months He Depu has a serious liver condition which was exacerbated by ill treatment while he was in detention The eight year prison sentence may equal to death penalty for He Depu Olympic Watch is appalled by the ongoing persecution of Chinese activists that peacefully promote freedom of expression We call on the authorities of the People s Republic of China to release He Depu Zheng

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=35 (2016-02-13)
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    off all his positions and martial law was declared in the country Zhao spent the last fifteen years of his life under house arrest Zhao Ziyang was a brave man and a great Chinese patriot The way the government treated him in the last fifteen years of his life is shameful May his passing away be a reminder to the whole world that the Beijing leadership continues to trample on the human rights and liberties of Chinese citizens who wish for more democracy in China Zhao will certainly continue to live in the memories and hopes of all good Chinese people noted Jan Ruml Chairman of Olympic Watch on his passing away Already last year when his health started to deteriorate speculations have emerged that his departure might mobilize human rights and democracy activists in China Similar to the 1976 and 1989 rallies being initiated by the deaths of popular leaders However as soon as last week when Zhao fell into coma the Beijing regime stepped up security around the Heavenly Peace Square Furthermore because he has been under house arrest and erased from official history for so long Zhao is not very well known among younger Chinese On the

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=84 (2016-02-13)
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    action The Beijing government needs to give all ordinary Chinese Tibetan and Uyghur people the human dignity they deserve and request said Jan Ruml Chairman of Olympic Watch So far the Beijing regime continues to be one of the worst violators of human rights in the world It threatens to invade the democratic Taiwan Under such conditions holding the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing would seriously compromise the Olympic ideals of human dignity and peace We call on all good Olympians to remember the victims of oppression by holding a moment of silence when Beijing receives the Olympic flag this Sunday The people of China certainly deserve the Olympic Games Regrettably the Chinese government does not said Harry Wu Executive Director of the Laogai Research Foundation It is very important that the world knows that there is a growing coalition of far sighted Chinese and Tibetans who want to work together for a peaceful future More important than constructing fancy stadiums in record time is to build a free society and to end repression I want to have the Olympics in Beijing but before this can happen the Chinese government has to considerably improve the human rights situation release democrats

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=72 (2016-02-13)
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    by the Beijing government to prevent the long awaited inspection by the UN special rapporteur on torture We believe that the postponement was caused by the government s fear of disclosure of its true current practices Olympic Watch calls on the government of the People s Republic of China to stop its terrible practices of torture and ill treatment and thus to respect the Convention against Torture and its other

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=61 (2016-02-13)
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    on March 25 27 2004 According to Olympic Watch s information Austria France Germany Italy and Spain support the termination of the embargo EU leads a long running Human Rights Dialogue with the People s Republic of China Olympic Watch believes however that the Beijing regime has not carried out necessary reforms The PRC for instance refuses to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights The recent session of the National People s Congress only made rather cosmetic changes in the constitution aimed at solidifying the power of the undemocratic regime Full text of the letter addressed to all Foreign Ministers of EU Member States Prague 18 March 2004 Dear Ministers On behalf of Olympic Watch Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country I respectfully urge EU Member States not to lift the arms trade ban that the EU imposed on the People s Republic of China in response to the Tiananmen massacre in 1989 The European Union rightly stresses human rights and international security as two of its key policy priorities From these points of view lifting the embargo would be premature harmful and moreover morally wrong We especially find the idea of lifting the ban cynical as In recent days people around the world have commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Tibetan people s uprising against the occupation by the Chinese communist army that was brutally crushed by this army As you read this plea the People s Republic of China is mounting its military threats against the democratic Republic of China on Taiwan In just a few months the world will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen crimes against humanity that were never properly investigated or prosecuted and were perpetrated by the very army that EU would supply weapons

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=48 (2016-02-13)
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    the Committee for Investigation on Persecution of Religion in China and the Free China Movement released what they said was a report from authorities in Jilin province calling for a crackdown on all dissident groups particularly the banned Falungong spiritual movement in order to host a better and successful Olympics in 2008 The report called for organisers of demonstrations to be swiftly arrested and punished severely sanctions of up to three years in custody and fines of 10 000 yuan 1 200 dollars for offenders and for Falungong activists to be particularly harshly dealt with Jilin is one of the provinces where the Falungong has been most active and was home to its guru Li Hongzhi who is now in exile in the United States A spokesman for Jilin s public security bureau said he knew nothing about the document Other officials were not available for comment because of the week long holiday for Mayday The appeal to the IOC follows recent hints from Rogge that China s human rights abuses could yet result in it being stripped of the Games We are convinced that the Olympic Games will improve human rights in China Rogge told the BBC However the

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=21 (2016-02-13)
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    court in a closed and apparently politically motivated trial The execution has been suspended by two years and there are conflicting reports as to when it could be carried out Olympic Watch has issued several statements on the case successfully lobbied the Czech Foreign Ministry and co organized public rallies We now welcome the involvement of President Havel and believe that his letter will help save Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and reduce the oppression of Tibet The full text of the letter in Czech follows below as provided by the Office of Vaclav Havel Vá ený pane ministøe s rozhoøèením pøijímám zprávy o trvalém tlaku èínských úøadù na tibetský národ a jeho svébytnost Lidská práva jsou univerzální a tibetská kultura i historie jsou stejnì jako èínská èeská nebo jakákoli jiná souèástí celosvìtového bohatství I kdyby èín tí pøedstavitelé znovu a znovu opakovali e jejich zemì jde specifickou cestou ostatnì která zemì nikoli nelze to pøijmout jako omluvu pro pøekraèování hranic lidské dùstojnosti svobody nebo dokonce fyzické existence Èíòané patøí bezesporu ke svìtové kulturní pièce O to více by jejich pohnutá historie mìla být varováním a to pøedev ím jim samotným Mìlo by pøece být pod úroveò èínské centrální vlády potlaèovat práva kohokoli nato oprávnìné nároky na kulturní autonomii Tibe anù Nejde o projev jejich pøevahy ale naopak slabosti Co pak mohou tibetské duchovní zdroje neubli ování a soucitu a kulturní svébytnost z nich vyvìrající kohokoli ohro ovat Nato pak velmocenskou Èínu Budoucí generace Èíòanù budou li ochuzeni o tibetské vlivy se budou nejspí stydìt jako se pøíslu níci jiných národù dnes stydí za koloniální minulost svých národù Politický tlak pøirozenì vyvolává odpor a ten je záminkou pronásledování Výsledkem v eho jsou politické procesy a vìznice plné vìzòù svìdomí Jeliko jsem sám komunistickým politickým systémem a jeho vìznicemi pro el domnívám se

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=46 (2016-02-13)
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    chairmen of Lungta and Olympic Watch by representatives of Amnesty International Czech Republic Confederation of Political Prisoners of the Czech Republic Czech Helsinki Committee and the People in Need foundation and calls on the Czech government to request from the government of the People s Republic of China an immediate and unconditional commutation of the death penalty and a new fair trial for the Tibetan political prisoner Tenzin Delek Rinpoche The letter is part of a world wide campaign to avert the execution of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche a buddhist teacher sentenced to death in a closed trial in the PRC a year ago The execution has been postponed but may be carried out as early as April 2004 Olympic Watch and Lungta coordinate the campaign in the Czech Republic Lungta is a non governmental non profit organization of people with an interest in Tibet Tibetan culture and Tibetan way of life It was founded in 1997 and has always been based solely on the work of volunteers Lungta s aim is twofold to provide financial and material support to different projects inside Tibet and in Tibetan communities in India and to raise awareness of the Czech public about the current

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=37 (2016-02-13)
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