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For Paralympics, volunteers prohibited from helping disabled orphans
For the whole period of the games, they will not be permitted to visit the institutes where they bring comfort and material help to the children, who are often abandoned by their parents and have few others to care for them. Websites for assistance to the disabled blocked.
Paralympics, another missed opportunity for China on human rights
The proposal to keep the Olympic flame lit until the end of the games for the disabled has gone unheeded. This would have been "a strong sign" to the international community, which often forgets the daily difficulties faced by people with handicaps.
China, Paralympics about to begin, but disabled face workplace discrimination
The government has launched a campaign aimed at promoting the rights of the disabled and attention toward them, but their living conditions do not seem to have improved. Business owners prefer to pay fines rather than hire disabled persons, many of whom are victims of workplace accidents and are sacrificed in the name of economic growth.
Beijing, police blocking protests even in designated parks
Groups that want to demonstrate or present petitions are not being listened to, and are being kicked out of the city. And yet the government, during the period of the Olympics, had guaranteed freedom to demonstrate in three parks in Beijing.
Beijing: police beat underground Christian
Police and private security guards knock Hua Huiqi around whilst in police custody. Human Rights Watch slams “worst crackdown in five years” against dissidents, Christians and rights activists; tens of well-known figures are arrested or disappear. Police enforces a cordon sanitaire around the capital to keep out would-be petitioners.
Vietnamese Catholics concerned about the fate of 300,000 blind children who are waiting for appropri
These children have no guaranteed assistance and education and are still waiting to see their formal rights respected. Their problems are at the centre of a meeting in the archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City.
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