No Sign of Olympic Truce for Human Rights in China

9 07 2008

URL: http://blog.freedomhouse.org/weblog/2008/07/no-sign-of-olym.html. Source: Countries at the Crossroads Governance Blog from Freedom House.

With the opening of the Beijing Olympics just a month away, the Chinese government has done little to fulfill its promise that the games would usher in human rights improvements. China earned praise only a few weeks ago after the tragic May 12 earthquake disaster led to greater openness in the media and increased activity by civil society groups. Those developments effectively eclipsed a spate of international criticism and Chinese nationalism associated with the travels and travails of the Olympic torch and the ongoing security crackdown in Tibet. However, it has since become clear that the government intends to continue—albeit with new Olympic vigor—its long-standing policy of sanitizing public discourse and using force to muzzle or eliminate sources of potential controversy…

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