» 11/17/2004, 00.00
Eviction law no protection for Beijing neighbourhood
Olympics: homes forcibly destroyed, prison for those who request compensation
About 1.5 million people have been driven out of their homes for the sake of preparation for the Olympics, and many have not received another house or any compensation. A few ordinary stories of those who are in prison for having requested reimbursement, or who have been beaten to death for protesting.
Olympic projects built with "the blood" of migrant workers
Human Rights Watch has interviewed migrant workers who built the "new" Beijing. There emerges a picture of widespread exploitation, without hope of redress. On the protection of migrants, the Chinese government is considered "all talk and no action", and the IOC is called upon to explain what it has done.
Olympics two years away: human rights ignored as Beijing gears up
In the Chinese capital, the countdown to the Olympic Games kicks off today. There are many rallies, much propaganda and plenty of accusations of human rights abuses. Some organizations are calling on athletes and Olympic committees to consider a public boycott.
World leaders welcomed to Beijing. Silence on human rights and terrorist threats
Hu Jintao greets 80 international political figures. Press and TV do not mention the threat of attacks, but residents are afraid to leave their homes. The local population is absent from celebrations. Dissidents, protestant pastor, bishops under surveillance. Jacques Rogge gives his “blessing” to Beijing’s “good” air.
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