China still not remedying rights abuses in lead-up to 2008 Olympics: Amnesty Brett Murphy at 2:07 PM ET
[JURIST] China has not kept its promises to improve human rights and press freedom in preparation for the 2008 Olympics [official website] slated to open next August in Beijing, according to a new report [text; press release] released Tuesday by Amnesty International [advocacy website]. Amnesty said that the Chinese government had recently committed an increasing number of rights abuses against political and religious opponents:
While positive steps have been made in some limited areas, namely reform of the death penalty system and greater reporting freedom for foreign journalists in China, Amnesty International remains concerned that these are overshadowed by other negative developments in particular the growing crackdown on Chinese human rights activists and journalists as well as the continued use of 'Re-education through Labour' (RTL) and other forms of detention without trial. Official statements suggest that the Olympics are being used to justify such repression in the name of 'harmony' or 'social stability' rather than acting as a catalyst for reform. Global experience shows that the best way to ensure social stability is to ensure the protection of fundamental human rights based on the rule of law.
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