» 02/12/2010, 00.00
ASIA – CANADA
Vancouver: Asia’s hopes in the 21st Winter Olympic games
The Games will run from 12 to 28 February, coinciding with Chinese New Year. In Canada, about 2,500 athletes will represent 82 nations, 21 from Asia. Beijing is sending its largest delegation ever, but its presence is still overshadowed by its 2008 “Olympics prisoners”.
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Olympic committee: we want full respect for human rights before the games
The International Olympic Committee is "concerned" about the problem of pollution and said: "We have been monitoring the human rights situation for some time: they must be respected."
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.
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.
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