Dear President Rogge,
I strongly urge the IOC to fulfil its pledge that it would ensure
that China improved its human rights record in the run up to the
2008 Beijing Olympic Games:
April 2002 you said: the IOC is a responsible organisation and
if human rights are not acted upon to our satisfaction then
we will act. But on April 25 2007, when pressed on issues of
China’s stance on human rights in Tibet, the IOC said: We are
not in a position that we can give instructions to governments
as to how they ought to behave.
- Despite your promise, the staging of the Games in
Beijing has not improved human rights in China and Tibet
- Free and unrestricted reporting from China and Tibet was
a condition of the Games being awarded to China. Yet
foreign journalists now need special permits to go to Tibet
and are under surveillance there
- Without free reporting you are giving China license to hide
its systematic human rights abuses in Tibet
Time is running out for you to act.
- I demand that the IOC forces China to drop its insistence
on special permits to journalists and commit to remove
any surveillance of journalists and their interviewees.
Demetrios Konstantine Georgalas
may the force be with you
& remember "A verbis ad verbera"
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