China and the Olympics – Repression Increases Amidst ‘Reform’ – Gary Feuerberg

A new report from shows ways in which China’s promise to improve human rights belies its actions. From The Epoch Times:

Amnesty International (AI) released its 2007 annual report on May 23, an assessment of human rights worldwide. Not surprisingly, the report finds China as a nation with severe violations of human rights.

But there is a difference this time. With the Olympic Games only a little more than a year away in August 2008, Chinese leaders are offering a few reforms”judicial review of death sentences and a relaxing of restrictions on foreign journalists. But according to AI, these improvements are not all that they might seem, and are overshadowed by the expression of even more intolerance towards political and religious dissent, and the attorneys who defend the dissenters. Controls on domestic journalism and the Internet are also tightening up. [Full Text]

See also Reporters Without Borders’ petition to boycott the Beijing Olympics on account of human rights violation.

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