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In July 2001, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded Beijing the 2008 Summer Olympics after a competitive bidding process. The decision was controversial due, in large part, to China's track record on human rights. In the last seven years, Olympics preparations exacerbated existing human rights problems and triggered new domestic protests and criticism. Those working to promote human rights in China, including land rights activists, religious rights activists, journalists seeking to expose rights abuses, petitioners, and others, are regularly harassed, beaten, and detained.


Beijing Olympic Action Plan


Promoting the level of civilization in the city ─ a campaign of "civilization improvement" will be launched citywide, involving communities, various business sectors, and citizens. The fundamental morals of "loving the country and abiding by the law, politeness and honesty, solidarity and friendliness, thriftiness and independence, and devotion and contribution" will be promoted in the whole society, so as to raise the level of civilization in the city as a whole and create a favorable social environment for the Olympic Games.




The founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 ushered in a new era for China's promotion of the rule of law. The period from 1949 to the mid-1950s was the period when China's socialist legal system was first set up. In this period, China promulgated the Common Program of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, in the character of an interim constitution, and some other laws and decrees, which played an important role in consolidating the new-born political power, maintaining social order and reviving the national economy. In 1954, at the First Session of the First National People's Congress (NPC), the Constitution of the People's Republic of China was promulgated. The Constitution and other laws enacted later defined China's political and economic systems, citizen's rights and freedom, set the standards for the organizational structure, functions and powers of state organs, and established the basic principles for China's legal system, thus initially laying the foundation for the rule of law in China. From the late 1950s, and especially during the chaotic period of the "cultural revolution" (1966-1976), China's socialist legal system was severely damaged.


Last month President Hu Jintao called on officials to follow the communist leadership and pledged to move ahead with reforms Tuesday, closing out the annual session of China's legislature that was overshadowed by deadly anti-government protests in Tibet.


The Communist Party-controlled National People's Congress appointed a new Cabinet heavy on technocrats and approved a restructuring of ministries and agencies.


Officials must "adhere to the central leadership of the party, make people masters of the country and administer the country by law," Hu told the 3,000 deputies gathered in Beijing's Great Hall of the People for the close of the two-week session. "We should not be afraid of changes and reform."


Zhu Houze, former head of the Chinese Communist Party's powerful propaganda department has called for reconciliation amid "sharp social contradictions," rejecting revolutionary politics amid protests and tight security in Tibet.


"China has very sharp social contradictions now," Zhu Houze, who served as propaganda chief until the fall of his political patron Hu Yaobang in 1987, told RFA's Mandarin service.


"Those contradictions are reflected in the relationship between different ethnic groups, between different social classes as well as between different social classes and the government," Zhu said after being appointed senior adviser to a non-government reconciliation think-tank.


Zhu's tenure encompassed the early years of the Deng Xiaoping era of economic reform, when political change seemed a real possibility in the wake of the ravages of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). He rejected a revolutionary mentality in dealing with the problems of today's China.


Chinese rights activist Hu Jia, best known for his advocacy work on behalf of those living with HIV/AIDS, has been detained by national security police in Beijing on charges of “incitement to subvert state power,” a fellow activist said.


Hu was detained days after he told RFA’s Mandarin service that the government had intensified its crackdown on rights activists, dissidents, and petitioners during 2007.


“The worst period of China’s human rights violations in the past five years was when the Chinese Communist Party held its 17th Congress,” Hu told reporter Shen Hua.


"Revolution and uprising should not be the means to be used to resolve the contradictions," he told RFA reporter Ding Xiao. "China as a nation cannot afford such turmoil."


"We share the same view that peace and reconciliation, and progressive reforms, are needed to dissolve those contradictions, and to achieve national unity and a harmonious society," he added.


Gao Zhisheng, China’s human rights lawyer stated, “I have written a lot about the Falun Gong issue, as the persecution of Falun Gong is the worst disaster to human nature in this era. Millions of people were illegally detained in countless brainwashing camps established in every corner of China by the notorious 610 Office, an agency founded to implement the persecution of Falun Gong. Such brainwashing camps require very simple admittance procedures, while the methods used to ‘educate’ the practitioners are shockingly cruel.


“Tens of millions of people have been persecuted in various forms. A large number of children have been expelled from school only because their parents practice Falun Gong. Some of the children were left alone or even homeless after their parents were arrested. (Since last August, my daughter has met many such children who lingered at the gate of her school. The children, though homeless, came up to my daughter to express their condolences and support. Our hearts ached for these children.)”


On June 10, 1999, bypassing procedures required by the Chinese constitution and other laws, and under direct orders from the then leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Jiang Zemin, the CCP Central Committee formed the “610 Office,” an organization with the sole mission of cracking down on Falun Gong.


Besides its central office in Beijing, the “610 Office” has branches in all the Chinese cities, villages, governmental agencies, institutions, and schools. In terms of its establishment, structure, reporting mechanism, operation and founding mechanism, it is an organization that is allowed to exist outside of the established framework of the CCP and the Chinese government. The power it has far exceeds that which is officially authorized under the Chinese constitution and other laws; furthermore, it is free from budgetary constraints.


The “610 Office” has full control over any issue that has to do with Falun Gong, and has become an organization that Jiang Zemin uses personally and privately to persecute Falun Gong.


This organization does not have any legal basis. It is an organization that is very similar to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo and the “Central Committee of the Cultural Revolution” during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Because of its special status and function, the “610 Office” should take major responsibility in the brutal treatment that numerous Falun Gong practitioners have suffered from. This ill treatment includes being tortured, even being tortured to death or to the point of permanent disability, being unlawfully detained, being sent to labor camps, and being forced to pay large sums of money as fines.




Since mid-March, as has been widely publicized, the Chinese government has responded disproportionately to protests in Tibetan areas. Chinese security forces have violently dispersed protestors, arbitrarily detained hundreds, and refused to account for their whereabouts or well-being. We have received many credible reports of excessive use of force by police and security forces, torture in detention, prohibition and suppression of peaceful protests, military-type operations to seal off monasteries and villages, house-to-house searches, large-scale arrests, and persecution of clerics. Such treatment fits a well-established pattern of similar abuses in recent years by Chinese authorities in the context of protests, particularly in ethnic minority areas. It has been difficult to corroborate many such reports because the Chinese government has not allowed independent observers into the region, has moved swiftly to expel the foreign press from the region, and has continued to manipulate the information that has been released to place all blame on Tibetans. Yet the Chinese government itself has admitted opening fire on demonstrators in Sichuan and shooting four people.


The jailing of China’s leading human rights activist, Hu Jia, this month reflects a further hardening of Beijing’s stance towards dissent in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Hu, 34, was sentenced to three and half year in prison and one additional year of deprivation of political rights for “incitement to subvert state power,” a crime regularly leveled against critics and dissidents. China’s subversion laws effectively criminalize criticisms of the party and the government.


Also this month 2,300 Tibetans from various parts of Tibet have so far been arrested by the Chinese authorities currently detained in detention centres located in Townships, Counties and Prefectures in various administrative regions of Tibet. Prominent officials of the three levels of courts of "Tibet Autonomous Region" ("TAR") convened meetings to begin the trial of Tibetan arrestees. In the meetings, it was pointed out the procuratoracy courts will have to take immediate steps to solve the cases and to hand down necessary sentences to those who will be found guilty of violating the law and order.


Three days ago Two Tibetan monks committed suicide unable to oppose China’s growing oppression with police entering one monastery after the other to arrest monks. If that is not bad enough at least eight Tibetans were known to have been shot dead after People's Armed Police (PAP) and Public Security Bureau (PSB) fired live ammunition onto the protesting crowd consisting of monks and laypeople.


Robert A. Kapp, a former president of the U.S.-China Business Council, said it's possible that popular anger, particularly among Americans concerned with human rights, may become so severe "that some companies may face a very hard decision as to whether their highly visible support of the Olympics is causing so much damage that they need to reconsider their options."


Why do we allow this. Yahoo and MSN are supporting the Chinese authorities by posting 'wanted' posters for the rioters on their sites. Two of the 24 on the list have already been caught. I humbly ask people to boycott these web sites. They know that pleasing China's government will profit them.



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Guest Half breed Chinese

My maternal grandfather is Chinese from Canton. He left the country in his youth because of poverty. China has not changed much since the ancient time. China does and will never know what democracy is all about. China and the Chinese are themselves very racist. They think that they are superior that most other Asians. You go to any other country in Asia and they tend to look down upon the other people.

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Guest The Sword

Let me say clearly why the West hate so much China. Because it fears China. China will dominate the world for the next millenium. The arrogant americans who were so used to stealing from other nations will at last see what it means to be on the wrong side of the planet. China will make the rules and restore order in the world. It was already a great civilization when westerners were still eating roots. I'm sorry to tell you that, but after what you did to the other people of the planet, you're in no moral position to judge China. You have done enough damage to the world, it's time to leave it into wiser hands.

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My maternal grandfather is Chinese from Canton. He left the country in his youth because of poverty. China has not changed much since the ancient time. China does and will never know what democracy is all about. China and the Chinese are themselves very racist. They think that they are superior that most other Asians. You go to any other country in Asia and they tend to look down upon the other people.


Half Breed Go frak Yourself. You shameless doggess. Free Tibet is a lie, Tibet's Human rights is a lie, CCN and BBC are liars, SFT are made up by liars! protect the torch, defend the Beijing Olympic. Tibet WAS,IS,and ALWAYS WILL BE a part of China !



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Guest Billy Shoe

International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspectors have told Beijing organizers that the Internet must be open for the duration of the 2008 Olympics. So alot of information about the country will get out in the open. I just hope our reporters do not get jailed.

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Honestly, I think the Chinese Olympic games are a non issue. Can you name one U.S. Olympic team track star that will be attending? How about tennis? How about basketball? How about anything. I think that people will watch the beginning just for the novelty and then be done with it. Redskin training camp will get better ratings.

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Guest sterking

I heard the Chinese execute their protesters and sell the bodies. Is there any truth to this?

Shut up moron! You must have mental retard.




Despite how much you may disagree with the actions and policies of the Chinese government, never it is acceptable to make broad based generalizations, particularly in the form of racial slurs, about anything or anyone. In this case, it is truly disappointing to have western news Medias hurl these types of insults about the Chinese people.


Frankly, from the bottom of their hearts, the Westerns would love to enslave anyone who is not westerns. They are not doing it now, not because they don't want to, but because they are unable to. If countries like China all fell to their knees, then they would be able to do so. But that is only hypothetical and it's too bad for them that this will never ever happen again. China sticks its chin up and the white countries had to court some other countries. If China did not exist, they would enslave anyone in Asia or other places. Obviously, China is in their way of realizing their dreams, so they of course hate China and its people!


Retrospectively, a lot of Chinese students, including us, may came here to avoid the prosecutions of Communist Party after June 4th, 1989. But, truthfully, the great changes have taken place in China since then. More than 90% of the Chinese people changed the opinions to Chinese government.


I still can remember that almost all Chinese students trusted them-CNN, BBC and VOA in Tiananmen Square, since they were the symbol of justice on that time. But they-liars made their images damaged on the issue of Tibet. Jack Cafferty is one of the evil representatives of them.


Chinese people, American Chinese, especially Chinese students treated former CNN, BBC, and VOA as friends but they are the enemies of 1.3 billion of Chinese people now.


The Chinese people will never ever forget the friends who support them in the miserable time, but they are able to put the hatreds in their hearts everlastingly!!

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