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OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

Welcome to Olympic Watch (Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country). Our mission is to monitor the human rights situation in the People's Republic of China and to campaign for its improvement before Beijing is to host the 2008 Summer Olympics. The key points of our concern are freedom of speech and access to information; persecution of opposition vs. development of democracy; death penalty and torture; campaign for a free Tibet; and relations between Chinese mainland (PRC) and Taiwan (ROC).


Olympic Watch responds to Beijing organizer claims

Prague, August 14, 2008 - Olympic Watch chairman Jan Ruml responded to claims made by Wang Wei, vice-president of the Beijing Organizing Committee, at a press conference in Beijing today. “For Wang Wei to claim that the Beijing Olympics has led to greater respect for human rights is an outrageously absurd statement,” said Jan Ruml, chairman of Olympic Watch. Read more >>>


Adopt China’s prisoners of conscience - Olympic Watch to athletes and leaders

Prague - August 1, 2008 - One week before the start of the Beijing Olympics, Olympic athletes, officials and public leaders from participating countries are being asked to adopt Chinese human rights defenders persecuted by the Chinese government. As a follow-up to yesterday’s appeal signed by Czech ex-president Vaclav Havel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu and Chinese exile activist Wei Jingsheng, Olympic Watch has launched its Adopt2008.org campaign. Read more >>>


Václav Havel, Desmond Tutu, MEPs call for human rights at Beijing Olympics

Prague, 31 July 2008 – A group of international intellectual, spiritual and political leaders has published a public appeal today, calling on the International Olympic Committee to allow full access to information at Beijing Olympics and on Olympic athletes to express themselves in support of people whose rights are being violated by the Chinese government. The signatories, including writer and former Czech president Václav Havel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng, European Parliament Vice-President Edward McMillan-Scott, and philosopher André Glucksmann, reject the notion that peaceful promotion of human rights would constitute political propaganda prohibited by the Olympic Charter. Read more >>>

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