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    and hold the Chinese government accountable for its promises of human rights improvements Olympic Watch is a non political human rights organization established in Prague in 2001 in response to IOC s decision to grant the 2008 Olympics to Beijing Its mission is to help keep the Chinese government accountable for its international human rights commitments and its pledges of human rights improvements made when Beijing was bidding for the 2008 games The full text of the statement follows below Tibet has been a place of systematic human rights abuses by the Chinese regime for many decades Reports of protests among Buddhist monks and the lay public and about the crackdown by Chinese security forces have recently emerged Olympic Watch calls on the Chinese government to immediately release all those who peacefully demanded respect for their internationally guaranteed human rights allow international media in Tibet in line with its Olympic pledge of full media freedom in order to allow verification of reports of violence by Chinese security forces or any other party start an honest and unconditional dialogue with the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile about a just status for Tibet Olympic Watch also urges once again

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=111 (2016-02-13)
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    the Olympic ideal of non discrimination Olympic Watch says The silence of the IOC is striking said Olympic Watch chairman Jan Ruml Human rights abuses are clearly continuing if not worsening in China even directly related to the Games The international Olympic movement must act now The full text of the statement follows below As Beijing starts the 6 month countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games and people welcome the Chinese New Year with new hopes the world is reminded of the continuing human rights violations related to the Olympics The persecution of Chinese citizens who exercise their freedom of expression must end for the world to celebrate the Olympic ideals of human dignity and universal ethical principles 1 Full media freedom must be implemented for Chinese and for foreign journalists as promised in 2001 While the Chinese government did formally relax limitations for foreign journalists in the spirit of the Olympic ideal of non discrimination Chinese journalists must be as free to collect information and report it as their international colleagues This must translate not only into law but also into practice for foreign and Chinese media Full media freedom must be guaranteed on the whole territory of the People s Republic of China including Tibet and East Turkestan Xinjiang where many of the worst human right violations take place 2 Olympic prisoners Hu Jia Yang Chunlin and Ye Guozhu must be released Ye Guozhu was jailed for lawfully organizing a rally of people evicted for Olympics related redevelopment of Beijing Yang Chunlin is imprisoned for drafting a petition that compared the importance of human rights with the Olympics Most recently Hu Jia was arrested after he publicly pointed out the connection between Olympic organizers and human rights violators from the Chinese security forces All these were peaceful expressions

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=110 (2016-02-13)
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    and Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ register at least 30 Chinese journalists and 50 bloggers and internet activists in jail Chinese domestic media face a policy of systematic censorship and the reporting of international media into China is blocked China continues to execute several times more people than the rest of the world combined According to Amnesty International estimates this is 8 000 10 000 people each year Torture continues to be widespread according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture As Human Rights Watch recently reported again human rights violations are taking place in direct relation to the Olympic Games themselves hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents have been evicted without proper compensation A leader of their peaceful protests Ye Guozhu has been imprisoned for four years and reportedly tortured Considering the lack of progress on human rights in China Olympic Watch calls on The International Olympic Committee to Support by facts its claims that the Olympics are to help the development of human rights in China According to all available information the current situation does not match these claims at all At least in the final year before the Olympics work with international human rights organizations regarding the purely non political demands to protect internationally guaranteed human rights and the Olympic ideal of human dignity Demand from the Beijing Organizing Committee BOCOG and the PRC government as BOCOG s parent entity the release of Ye Guozhu and of all journalists and others who merely exercised freedom of expression National Olympic committees to Work with human rights organizations and allow athletes to learn about the facts regarding the violations of human rights of Chinese citizens and to freely express themselves on the situation Express their concern about the absence of human rights improvements to the International Olympic Committee and

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=108 (2016-02-13)
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    of the human rights violations carried out in relation to the Games The letter also calls on the IOC to stop the political abuse of the Olympic ideals by the propaganda machine of the Chinese Communist Party The full text of the letter follows below Mr Jacques Rogge President International Olympic Committee Château de Vidy 1007 Lausanne Switzerland Brussels 16 May 2007 Dear President Rogge As a coalition of native Chinese and Asian human rights defenders and other supporters of human rights in China and Asia from around the world we call on you to immediately hold the Beijing Organizing Committee BOCOG accountable for the lack of progress on human rights since 2001 when you awarded the 2008 Olympic Games to Beijing We request that you make sure that in line with the Olympic Charter BOCOG is immediately de politicized It must be run as a non partisan non political organization promoting Olympic ideals including human rights and dignity At this point it is an organ composed of Chinese Communist Party officials interested primarily in the political propaganda abuse of the Games We also request that BOCOG deliver on its promises of freedom of speech in China Recent cosmetic improvements of regulations on international media operations do not counterbalance the continuing and in many respects worsening pressure on the Chinese media and the increasing restrictions of foreign media availability in China You know as well as we do that there is no freedom of the press in China Finally we urge you to personally plead for the immediate release of Ye Guozhu the activist imprisoned and reportedly tortured in relation to the Olympic re development of Beijing and to make it clear to BOCOG that any further human rights violations related to the organization of the Games are unacceptable With

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=104 (2016-02-13)
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    the individual Each host city and each host government is obliged to uphold these Olympic principles As you probably know the situation in China can hardly be described along these lines According to all independent monitors the People s Republic of China continues to be among the grossest human rights violators in the world To name just the most obvious violations Executions in China are frequent while international standards for fair trials are not observed Until recently executions were carried out in sports stadiums While this practice seems to have changed the Chinese government continues to execute more people than the rest of the world combined Verified numbers for 2005 speak of 3 400 death sentences and 1 770 executions while according to some Chinese sources the numbers may actually be as high as 10 000 Torture in China is widespread according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture who had the opportunity to visit China in 2005 for the first time after years of obstruction from the government The freedom of expression is violated Despite promises of full press freedom by 2008 which the Beijing bidding committee made during the candidacy process the Chinese government has in fact been tightening the control of the media and the internet in recent years Dozens of journalists and internet activists are documented in prison The government of the People s Republic of China continues to deny talks about autonomy to the Tibetan people as peacefully requested by the Tibetan government in exile and the Dalai Lama The right to freedom of religion of Tibetan Buddhists Uyghur Muslims and Chinese Christians and Falun Gong practitioners is violated The continuing militarization in China is a threat to peace and democratic processes in Taiwan and elsewhere in East and South East Asia Human rights violations

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=102 (2016-02-13)
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    year than the rest of the world combined imprison and torture people who peacefully exercise their right to freedom of expression and association persecute Tibetan Buddhists Uyghur Muslims Chinese Christians and Falun Gong practitioners deny talks about autonomy to the Tibetan people endanger democratic processes in Taiwan and elsewhere in East Asia Human rights are violated even in direct relation to the preparation of the Games as hundreds of thousands Beijing residents are evicted without compensation from their homes and those who dare to protest are often persecuted By all accounts Beijing 2008 seems to be a tool for domestic and international political propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party an unelected minority that has given up attempts to ideologically legitimize its rule over the Chinese people and is desperately looking for other paths to political legitimacy The IOC has the obligation to protect the Olympic ideals of harmonious development of man human dignity and peace and to prevent the political propaganda abuse of the Games Because of the importance of the Games to the CCP it could easily exercise positive influence on the situation in China We have made good faith efforts to engage the IOC through correspondence and even personal encounter but the IOC has refused to face the reality in which Beijing 2008 is to take place Time is running out As minimum the IOC could demand that the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games not be personally linked to the perpetrators of human rights violations the Chinese Communist Party If the executive of IOC President Jacques Rogge continues to hide away from reality and only repeat Beijing leadership s unsubstantiated PR claims of progress it will prove that it truly is either too cynical or too incompetent or both to protect the Olympic ideals and take

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=100 (2016-02-13)
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    situation in China and work for improvements before Beijing hosts the Games For more information Olympic Watch 420 608 560 503 press olympicwatch org Reporters Without Borders RSF 33 1 44 83 84 70 asie rsf org Laogai Research Foundation 1 202 833 8770 or laogai laogai org Wei Jingsheng Foundation 1 202 543 1538 HCP Weijingsheng org The full text of the letter follows below Mr Jacques Rogge President International Olympic Committee Château de Vidy CH 1007 Lausanne February 27 2006 Dear President Rogge As the 2006 Olympic Winter Games have come to a close and your attention can now fully turn to the 2008 Olympic Games we are urging you to focus on the continuing human rights abuses in the People s Republic of China that threaten to damage the Olympic ideals forever During the bidding process in 2001 Beijing made clear promises on human rights issues We have heard promises regarding improvement of the human rights situation and respect for freedom of speech As most observers agree the situation in China is clearly not improving The government of the People s Republic of China and the Communist Party of China with whom the Beijing Organizing Committee is clearly linked continue to abuse the human rights of Chinese people The fundamental freedom of expression is clearly not respected dozens of journalists and internet activists are documented in prison for merely exercising their internationally recognized human rights religious freedoms of Tibetan Buddhists Uyghur Muslims Chinese Christians Falun Gong practitioners and others are not respected Torture is widespread in China according to official UN statements The Chinese government continues to execute more people than the rest of the world combined in the absence of fair trial procedures Beijing is clearly willing to trample upon the Olympic ideal of peace by

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=98 (2016-02-13)
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    included a clause on the protection of human rights in its constitution in 2004 Still human rights continue to be violated on a massive scale there is evidence of widespread arbitrary detentions in labor camps freedom of expression and association is severely violated as are the rights of religious and ethnic minorities China continues to execute more people than the rest of the world combined with at least 3 400 people executed in 2004 frequently without fair trials Human rights are being violated even in the preparation of the 2008 Olympic Games thousands of Beijing residents have been unlawfully and often violently evicted from their homes Severe suppression of political rights the freedom of speech and exchange of information including the censorship of the internet aides the high level of corruption and bureaucracy which in turn limits the opportunities for business success something the Czech government is very much interested in If the Czech Republic wants to maintain its trustworthiness it must not ignore the other side of the Chinese economic growth lawlessness Czech politicians must clearly state during their private meetings and publicly that it is not possible in the modern world to detain those who legitimately claim their human rights If they do not do so they will miss a unique opportunity to help the respect for human rights and liberties in the world said Martin Kryl Our politicians should not let the other party single handedly dictate the topics of discussion as has sadly been the case during their trips to Beijing They should confidently assert the policies of our country which includes the respect for human rights and fair business practices said Petr Kutilek executive secretary of Olympic Watch At today s news conference the organizations published the letter sent yesterday to President Klaus and Prime

    Original URL path: http://olympicwatch.org/news.php?id=97 (2016-02-13)
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