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Liu Jingsheng released; call for respect for human rights

Prague, November 27, 2004 – Olympic Watch has welcomed the release of Liu Jingsheng, the Chinese dissident. It has also called on the government of the People’s Republic of China to free other prisoners of conscience and to respect the human rights of the Chinese people. Liu Jingsheng was released after twelve years in prison earlier today.

“Olympic Watch welcomes the release of Liu Jingsheng,” said Jan Ruml, Chairman of Olympic Watch. “However, we should not accept the simple fact that Liu Jingsheng is free as a ‘conciliatory gesture’ by the Beijing government. We must remember that all people have the right to free expression. Beijing simply must not imprison peaceful activists at all.”

Olympic Watch has long been calling on Beijing to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The organization, established in 2001, monitors human rights in China and campaigns for improvements before 2008, when Beijing is to host the Olympics.

Liu Jingsheng has been a peaceful opposition activist since the 1970’s. He was one of the co-founders of an opposition journal and was active in the Democracy Wall movement in 1979 and in the Beijing Spring in 1989. In 1992, he was arrested for his participation in the establishment of several pro-democracy organizations and an independent trade union.

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