Human Rights and the Olympics

"When you come to the Olympic Games in Beijing, you will see skyscrapers, spacious streets, modern stadiums and enthusiastic people.

You will see the truth, but not the whole truth, just as you only see the tip of an iceberg.

You may not know that the flowers, smiles, harmony and prosperity are built on a base of grievances, tears, imprisonment, torture and blood."

—Hu Jia and Teng Biao,
"The Real Situation in Pre-Olympics China (奥运前的中国真相),"
China Rights Forum, No.4, 2007

Quote from the IR2008 website


kim said...

I don’t support a boycott, but the Games are a chance, while the world is watching, to press China for change.

Without change China will carry on executing more of its citizens than any other country in the world, it will continue censoring the media and the Internet and it will continue locking up and torturing those who try to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

What happened to the promises China made in its bid for the Olympic Games? Who will hold them to account?

Liu Jingmin, vice-president of the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee said, in April 2001: “By allowing Beijing to host the Games you will help in the development of human rights.”

Isn’t political. To stand up for human rights is to stand up for the values enshrined in the Olympic Charter.


Merrie Destefano said...

Good points, Kim.

For me personally, I choose not to watch the Olympics, but I am glad that the rest of the world is watching. This is an opportunity for people who don't know about the human rights issues in China to learn more.

And it is an opportunity for those who care to speak out.

I agree with you that human rights shouldn't be considered a political issue. I'm not sure why people claim that they are. Maybe I'm not looking at it properly, maybe I'm ignoring the fact that laws need to change and changing laws involves politicians.

I guess I think human rights should fall into a category of conscience.

Thanks for stopping by to express your concerns.