MONTREAL, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is
co-organizing a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy on August 7.
The organization will be taking part in many other demonstrations around
the world on August 7 and 8. Peaceful rallies will be held in London, Madrid,
Berlin, Rome, Washington, Stockholm and Lausanne. For those who will not be
able to make it all the way to these cities, we are also calling on Internet
users to join us for a cyber-demonstration on www.rsfbeijing2008.org.
Internet users from all over the world will have the opportunity to
protest outside a virtual version of Beijing's Olympic Stadium, waving a
placard with the slogan of their choice.
The aim of our demonstration in Ottawa is to call for the release of
imprisoned Chinese journalists and human rights activists. We will also be
demanding China to put an end to the harassment and permanent surveillance of
journalists. When Beijing was designated as host-city for the 2008 Summer
Olympic Games, China made solemn promises to improve the situation of human
rights. Unfortunately, no significant improvement has been observed over the
past seven years. In fact, human rights violations are sharply increasing as
the Games approach.
To inagurate the events of the day, Liberal MP and former Justice
Minister Irwin Cotler will hold a press briefing to release the exhaustive
11 point report on human rights violations in China.
The conference, to be held on Thursday, August 7, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. in
the Charles Lynch Room of the House of Commons Center Block, will be in the
presence of the Executive Director of Reporters Without Borders Canada,
Katherine Borlongan; former MP and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, David
Kilgour; Nazanin Afshin-Jam, international human rights campaigner; and Beryl
Wajsman, journalist and President of the Institute for Public Affairs of
At noon, they will be joining Scott Reid (Deputy Leader of the Government
in the House of Commons), Kevin McLeod (co-director of the Canadian Friends of
Burma), Thubten Samdup (representative of the Tibetan Government in exile) as
well as various other renowned speakers in front of the Chinese embassy in
Ottawa (515 rue Saint-Patrick street).
A few hours before the opening ceremony of the Olympics, ReportersWithout
Borders remains resolutely mobilized and continues to remind China of its
promises. China got "their" Olympics ; it is now time for the country to show
the world that it can keep their promises and stop violating human rights.
For further information:
For further information: Damien Bizot, (514) 258-4188 (Thursday, August