Khan: China risks tarnishing its Olympic legacy

8 August 2007 at 10:52 am | Posted in Amnesty International, Death penalty, Human rights, Irene Khan, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

With just a year to go till the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Amnesty International has released a report, The Olympics countdown – one year left to fulfil human rights promises, taking China to tasks on its human rights record.

“Unless the Chinese authorities take urgent measures to stop human rights violations over the coming year, they risk tarnishing the image of China and the legacy of the Beijing Olympics,” said Irene Khan, secretary-general of Amnesty International and 2006 Sydney Peace Prize recipient. She added:

“The ongoing serious human rights violations in China constitute an affront to core principles in the Olympic Charter relating to the ‘preservation of human dignity’ and ‘respect for universal fundamental ethical principles’. The IOC must promote a positive legacy of the Olympics built on respect for human rights and rule of law.

“With just one year to go, time is running out before the Beijing Olympic Games are irreversibly tarnished by the China’s lack of respect for human rights. The Chinese authorities must press ahead with their promises to improve human rights so that when August 2008 arrives the Chinese people can be proud in every respect of what their country has to offer the world.”

Click here to read the full report.

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