Olympics Q&A: Mia Farrow On The IOC, China And Human Rights

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Actress Mia Farrow has been on the front lines in the struggle to end the humanitarian crisis in the region of Sudan. She has visited the region eight times and is advisory board chair of Dream for Darfur, an organization committed to “Bring the Olympic Dream to Darfur.”

Farrow has emphasized China’s power to influence the Sudanese government, which uses proceeds from the oil it sells the Chinese to purchase its militias use against its people. A year ago, she and her son, Ronan, linked the 2008 Olympics and Darfur by writing a piece in the Wall Street Journal that called the upcoming Summer Games in Beijing the “Genocide Olympics” and criticized director Steven Spielberg for acting as artistic consultant to the opening ceremony. Two months ago Spielberg resigned, saying, “My conscience will not allow me to continue with as usual.”

Dream for Darfur announced Wednesday its report card on the International Olympic Committee, giving the an “F” because it has “abrogated the Olympic Charter and has been ‘selectively apolitical’ in its refusal to address the Darfur genocide.”

Read also Mia Farrow in Hong Kong during Olympic torch relay from
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