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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 Cracking Down on Human Rights; Ignoring Olympic Pledge

January 8, 2008

By Dan Martin 

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s arrest of a prominent rights campaigner is part of an increasing crackdown on critics that breaks promises it made to land the Olympics, said activists who called for world pressure on Beijing.

File photo shows a policeman (C) keeping watch in Tiananmen ...
File photo shows a policeman (C) keeping watch in Tiananmen Square with paramilitary police close by in Beijing. China’s arrest of a prominent rights campaigner is part of an increasing crackdown on critics that breaks promises it made to land the Olympics, said activists who called for world pressure on Beijing.
(AFP/File/Peter Parks) 

The arrest of Hu Jia, who was taken from his Beijing home on December 27, is the latest example of efforts by China’s communist rulers to intimidate critics so that voices of dissent are not heard during the August Games, they said.

“Within the last two weeks… the police have began detaining and putting under house arrest dozens of activists, outspoken intellectuals and human rights lawyers,” the China Human Rights Defenders, a network of domestic and foreign activists, said in a report released on the weekend.

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