Beijing 2008 Olympics - European Parliament condemns China's lack of progress on human rights, parliament's president says he will boycott Olympic opening ceremony

    MONTREAL, July 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders welcomes a
resolution adopted by the European Parliament today deploring the fact that
Europe's relations with China are only advancing on the commercial and
economic fronts and have not been accompanied by any significant progress on
human rights and democracy.
    Condemning China's "widespread and systematic human rights abuses," the
resolution reminds the Chinese authorities of the commitments they gave in
2001 when Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympic Games and urges them to seize
the "historic opportunity" to ensure respect for human rights and pardon all
political prisoners.
    Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-president of the Green Party group in the European
Parliament, today condemned French President Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to
attend the Olympic Games opening ceremony as "scandalous." The Greens backed a
resolution calling for a boycott of the ceremony if it was not preceded by
significant progress on human rights.
    Today's resolution came one day after European Parliament president
Hans-Gert Pottering announced that he would not attend the opening ceremony
because talks between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama's
representatives have been "inconclusive."

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Reporters Without Borders
Canada, Executive director, (514) 521-4111, cell: (514)258-4188,

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