Archive for the ‘China crackdown’ Category

Reporters Without Borders calls for Olympic ceremony boycott over Hu Jia

April 5, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) – Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it was “appalled” by the jailing of Chinese rights activist Hu Jia () and called for a boycott of the opening of the Beijing Olympics in August.

The group said the three-and-a-half-year jail term for Hu, announced Thursday at a Beijing court, should also trigger a European Union decision to freeze its rights dialogue with China.

“Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the sentence,” the group said in a statement late Thursday.

A prototype of a protest badge that French athletes will wear ...
A prototype of a protest badge that French athletes will wear during the 2008 Beijing Olympics is seen during a news conference in Paris April 4, 2008. French athletes are planning to wear a distinctive sign showing their concern about human rights during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in August. The sign reads “For a better world” REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE)

“The Chinese justice system has, at the behest of the authorities, thrown oil on the flames just four months ahead of the Olympic Games.”

It called Hu “a figurehead of the peaceful struggle to improve respect for human rights in China,” adding “the list of Olympic Games prisoners is getting longer while the International Olympic Committee remains desperately silent.”

“In a sign of protest, we urge the European governments to immediately freeze the constructive dialogue on human rights that has been conducted with China for the past few years,” it said.

“And we urge heads of state, heads of government and members of royal families to boycott the 8 August opening ceremony of the Beijing Games.”

Hu, 34, was found guilty of “incitement to subvert state power”, a charge that according to his lawyer was linked to posting articles on the Internet about human rights issues and speaking with foreign reporters.

China Brushes Off Boycott Call, Says Olympic Torch Still Heading to Tibet

March 19, 2008
by Charles Whelan

BEIJING (AFP) – China brushed off Olympic boycott calls Wednesday as it said the torch relay would go through Tibet and scale Mount Everest despite deadly unrest in the vast Himalayan region.

Chinese military trucks line a street in the Tibetan capital ...
Chinese military trucks line a street in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on March 17. China has brushed off Olympic boycott calls and insisted the Olympic torch relay would go through Tibet and scale Mount Everest despite deadly unrest in the vast Himalayan region.(AFP/File)

Jiang Xiaoyu, the vice president of the Olympic organising committee, said the route for the longest Olympic torch relay in history would be unaffected by the protests in Tibet that have triggered a huge security crackdown.

“The relay will proceed as scheduled,” Jiang told a news conference. “We firmly believe that the Tibetan Autonomous Region is able to ensure the stability of Lhasa.”

The relay is scheduled to scale the world’s highest peak during the first part of May and then return to Tibet from June 19-21, the last two days in the capital Lhasa.

Currently, the streets of Lhasa are saturated with security forces and foreign reporters are banned from travelling there…

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