Activists Demand Release of Chinese Detainees

The Washington Post reports that Reporters Without Borders has asked IOC president Jacques Rogge, currently at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, to intercede on behalf of Chinese prisoners:

Reporters Without Borders said Thursday it has sent Rogge a petition – signed by about 1,600 people – demanding the release of activists, bloggers and journalists detained during the 2008 Beijing Games.

The group says dozens of Chinese families are still suffering after the last Olympics because “a loved one is still in jail for using the fundamental right to free expression.”

The IOC said in an e-mail that it is not the authority to intercede.

“We must leave these things to the relevant bodies such as the U.N. and its agencies,” the statement said.

See also past CDT posts on Reporters Without Borders.


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