China - 2008 Olympics - European parliament adopts resolution on free expression in China



    MONTREAL, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders welcomes the
resolution adopted by the European parliament on 13 December on the state of
relations between the European Union and China and their dialogue on human
rights. The resolution said concerns about human rights should get more
attention in the preparations for the Beijing Olympics and it called on the
International Olympic Committee to evaluate China's respect for the promises
it made in 2001 when it won the 2008 games for Beijing.
    The European parliament said it was also worried about online censorship
in China and urged the Chinese authorities to release imprisoned
cyber-dissidents and to render the thousands of blocked websites accessible
again. The resolution finally urged China to take effective measures to
guarantee free speech and press freedom and voiced concern about the failure
to enforce the new rules for foreign journalists working in China. The lack of
any real progress on these issues eight months before the start of the Beijing
games was condemned by members of the European parliament, human rights
organisations and former recipients of the Sakharov prize, including Reporters
Without Borders, at a news conference yesterday at the European parliament in
Brussels.
    In the United States, a resolution has been submitted to congress by
representative Dana Rohrabacher calling for a boycott of the games.




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For further information: Emily Jacquard, secretary general, Reporters
Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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