» 02/27/2008, 00.00
IOC advisor: the Olympics are an opportunity for respect of human rights
Even if improvements are not seen yet, there is the conviction that China will do something to improve its image. Meanwhile, the government tells Rice that it is "ready to resume talks" with the U.S. on respect for rights.
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.
State media claim Chinese “disgusted” by Spielberg’s boycott
For the Chinese Embassy in Washington, tying China to the Darfur issue is “unreasonable, irresponsible and unfair.” IOC President Jacques Rogge signs Nobel Prize laureates’ appeal in favour of Darfur. Chinese activists call for greater respect for human rights at home.
According to Beijing Spielberg is “naïve” and lacking in “common sense”
Controversy with filmmaker continues after he pulled out of the Olympics in protest against Chinese policy towards Darfur. Government defends its action, concerned that international criticism might grow.
11/04/2008 CINA – UNITED NATIONS – TIBET
Ban Ki-moon staying away from Olympic Opening Ceremony
The European Union and the United States are urging dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Kenya’s Nobel Prize laureate Wangari Maathai refuses to carry the Olympic torch. Non violent protests are expected in Buenos Aires. China tells Rogge it will not discuss human rights.
Beijing, partial u-turn on internet censorship
As of yesterday some sites are accessible. Among these the BBC, Wikipedia and Amnesty International. But the liberalisation is valid only for the Olympic village and its press centre. The foreign press association demands transparency from the International Olympics Committee, accused of connivance with Chinese censors. Hu Jintao: Do not politicise the Olympics.
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