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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: Tibet
    people around the world will commemorate his fate through the Global Vigil for the Panchen Lama Olympic Watch is calling on its supporters to join the Vigil Read more 07 03 2005 Free Tibet Save Tibet March 10 2005 marks the 46th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising crushed by the People s Liberation Army of communist China As every year Olympic Watch joins the commemoration of March 10 and invites its supporters to attend pro Tibetan rallies and commemorative events in their area such as the pan European rally for Tibet in Berlin March 12 2005 Read more 03 12 2004 Europe wide call against lifting China arms embargo Prague Amsterdam Brussels December 3 2004 A broad coalition of pro democracy and pro Tibetan NGOs from around Europe has written an open letter to the European Union today urging it not to lift the arms embargo on China They point out that the original reason for the embargo the Tiananmen massacre continues to be justified by the Beijing government and activists from the pro democracy movement remain in prison An end to the embargo cannot be justified without significant improvement of human rights in China reads the letter signed by twenty four organizations They call on the Beijing government to revise their position on the Tiananmen events release prisoners of conscience state that it will not use weapons against the people of China Tibet and Taiwan negotiate with the Dalai Lama adopt international human rights standards and introduce moratorium on executions The letter comes five days ahead of the EU China summit Read more 29 08 2004 Human rights organizations unveil Minimum Standards for Beijing 2008 Prague Frankfurt Washington August 29 2004 Three human rights organizations have published a set of minimum standards that Beijing should meet in order to be a good host for the next Olympic Games They argue that the situation in China contradicts the ideals of the Olympic Charter If there is no progress by 2006 Olympic Watch the International Society for Human Rights ISHR IGFM and the Laogai Research Foundation will assist the international community in finding alternative solutions Specifically this coalition requests that the PRC ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which the Beijing government signed six years ago Other standards cover no use of military power against peaceful democratic action moratorium on the death penalty democracy for Hong Kong talks with the Tibetan government in exile and the abolition of slave labor camps where people are sent without a trial Read more 26 08 2004 Chinese Tibetan exile and Olympic Watch call for moment of silence during Athens closing ceremony Athens Prague Washington August 26 2004 Prominent Chinese pro democracy groups and Olympic Watch have joined Tibetan rights supporters in calling for a peaceful protest during the closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics this Sunday 29 August Athletes and spectators are being asked to demonstrate their support for human rights in China and Tibet by remaining silent during China s

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/topics.php?id=10 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: Taiwan
    that the original reason for the embargo the Tiananmen massacre continues to be justified by the Beijing government and activists from the pro democracy movement remain in prison An end to the embargo cannot be justified without significant improvement of human rights in China reads the letter signed by twenty four organizations They call on the Beijing government to revise their position on the Tiananmen events release prisoners of conscience state that it will not use weapons against the people of China Tibet and Taiwan negotiate with the Dalai Lama adopt international human rights standards and introduce moratorium on executions The letter comes five days ahead of the EU China summit Read more 29 08 2004 Human rights organizations unveil Minimum Standards for Beijing 2008 Prague Frankfurt Washington August 29 2004 Three human rights organizations have published a set of minimum standards that Beijing should meet in order to be a good host for the next Olympic Games They argue that the situation in China contradicts the ideals of the Olympic Charter If there is no progress by 2006 Olympic Watch the International Society for Human Rights ISHR IGFM and the Laogai Research Foundation will assist the international community in finding alternative solutions Specifically this coalition requests that the PRC ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which the Beijing government signed six years ago Other standards cover no use of military power against peaceful democratic action moratorium on the death penalty democracy for Hong Kong talks with the Tibetan government in exile and the abolition of slave labor camps where people are sent without a trial Read more 26 08 2004 Chinese Tibetan exile and Olympic Watch call for moment of silence during Athens closing ceremony Athens Prague Washington August 26 2004 Prominent Chinese pro democracy groups and Olympic Watch have joined Tibetan rights supporters in calling for a peaceful protest during the closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics this Sunday 29 August Athletes and spectators are being asked to demonstrate their support for human rights in China and Tibet by remaining silent during China s presentation and the handover of the Olympic Flag from Athens to Beijing Olympic Watch the International Tibet Support Network and the Laogai Research Foundation are among those endorsing the action Read more 10 08 2004 IOC asked to take a stand on Athens Olympics censorship Prague Frankfurt August 10 2004 Two human rights organizations are calling on the International Olympic Committee to take a stand on an attack on the freedom of speech at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Olympic Watch and International Society for Human Rights ISHR IGFM are extremely concerned to hear that posters and other material promoting Taiwan are being blocked from display at Athens International Airport and elsewhere in the city The news of posters being taken down and billboards being blocked has been reported by major international media over the past few days Read more 21 04 2004 Choices in Beijing On Vaclav Klaus trip to

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/topics.php?id=11 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: News
    like the fake digital fireworks or the insulting singing girl trick at the opening ceremony this is another embarrassing proof that the Chinese Communist Party is trying cover up reality and abusing these Games for its own propaganda purposes said Ruml himself a former political prisoner under communist Czechoslovakia Olympic Watch is a human rights organization set up in Prague in 2001 in response to the decision to grant the

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=130 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: News
    defenders persecuted by the Chinese government As a follow up to yesterday s appeal signed by Czech ex president Vaclav Havel Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu and Chinese exile activist Wei Jingsheng Olympic Watch has launched its Adopt2008 org campaign The campaigners are asking national Olympic teams to each adopt a Chinese prisoner of conscience or human rights defender and find an appropriate way to express their support Among suggested actions are inquiring about the case visiting the persecuted person in prison and public dedication of Olympic medals The cases initially presented include Shi Tao recommended to the US Olympic team Hu Jia recommended to the French Olympic team Gao Zhisheng recommended to the British Olympic team Ding Zilin recommended to the German Olympic team Bu Dongwei recommended to the Canadian Olympic team Tenzin Delek Rinpoche recommended to the Czech Olympic team The campaign will continue to present additional cases up until the beginning of the Games on August 8 Olympic Watch is a human rights organization set up in Prague in 2001 in response to the decision to grant the 2008 Olympics to Beijing It has campaigned to help keep the Chinese government accountable for the public pledges

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=127 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: News
    the Chinese government The appeal comes as Olympic Watch a Prague based human rights organization whose chairman Jan Ruml is among the signatories is addressing national Olympic teams recommending to each a particular Chinese prisoner of conscience to adopt and take action in their support Details of this campaign will be released on Friday The full text of the appeal follows below Open Letter Appeal July 2008 Dear Olympic Games Participants The selection of Beijing for the organization of the 2008 Olympic Games was accompanied by the Chinese government s pledges of visible progress on their respect for human rights We understood these as a condition whose fulfillment the International Olympic Committee would demand That is how this year s Olympics could contribute to a greater openness and respect for international standards of human rights and liberties in the host country If the words of the Olympic Charter stating that it is a goal of Olympism to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity are to be fulfilled it is necessary for all Olympians to be able to learn about the real situation in China and to point out human rights violations freely whenever and wherever in line with their conscience We call on the International Olympic Committee to make that possible An interpretation of the Olympic Charter according to which human rights would be a political topic not to be discussed in the Olympic venues is alien to us Human rights are a universal and inalienable topic enshrined in international human rights documents that China has also signed onto transcending international as well as domestic politics and all cultures religions and civilizations To speak of the conditions of human rights

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=124 (2016-02-13)
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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: les Droits de l'Homme en Chine et Pékin 2008
    que Pékin n accueille les Jeux Olympiques d été en 2008 Les points clés qui sont l objet de notre intér t sont la liberté d expression et l accčs l information la persécution de l opposition par rapport au développement de la démocratie la peine de mort et la torture la campagne pour un Tibet libre et les relations entre la Chine continentale RPC et Ta wan République de

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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: Menschenrechte in China und Peking 2008
    das Streben nach deren Verbesserung bevor Beijing Peking die Olympischen Sommerspiele 2008 abhalten wird Die Kernpunkte unserer Besorgnis sind die Redefreiheit und der Zugang zu Informationen die Verfolgung der Opposition statt der Entwicklung von Demokratie Todesstrafe und Folterungen der Kampf um ein freies Tibet und die Beziehungen zwischen Festland China und Taiwan Diese Website ist auf Englisch und Tschechisch voll verfügbar Wählen Sie bitte eine dieser Sprachen Olympic Watch Human

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  • OLYMPIC WATCH: Manifesto
    and entire ethnic and religious groups More than 1700 persons have been executed in China in the last three months often for nonviolent offenses and without the appropriate right to legal defense and fair trial China suppresses the most elementary freedoms and human rights in Tibet and it threatens to use force against the democratically elected political representation in Taiwan The Chinese authorities hinder the free contact of Chinese citizens with the rest of the world it attempts to censor the Internet and curtail free access to information At the same time the decision to entrust the organization of the Olympic Games to China constitutes an acknowledgment of the considerable progress of China on the road towards modernization and developed economy in the last decades For the Chinese authorities it represents a challenge and an opportunity to transform their great country into a truly developed and democratic society This could be the positive impact of the IOC decision Only China itself will decide whether the fears or alternately the hopes associated with this decision materialize For the rest of us the task will be to follow the developments of the next seven years and to draw attention to the remaining problems in the area of human rights and democratic freedoms To this end we have decided to initiate a Committee for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country The Committee would collect and catalogue reports by human rights organizations Human Rights Watch Amnesty International et al and to coordinate activities with respect to the IOC and the national Olympic committees in this area If in five years the People s Republic of China demonstrates an adequate progress in the field of human rights and civic freedoms we will be happy to join the celebrations of the

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