China - 2008 Olympics - IOC urged to put pressure on Chinese government

    MONTREAL, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - European parliament vice-president
Edward McMillan-Scott wrote to International Olympic Committee president
Jacques Rogge on 10 December urging him to remind the Chinese authorities of
the promises they made to improve human rights in 2001 in order to win the
2008 games. He added that the European parliament would consider boycotting
the games if the situation had not improved by Christmas.
    Meanwhile, a petition signed by more that 11,000 Chinese citizens
demanding respect for human rights in China before the games was handed in
yesterday at IOC headquarters in Lausanne by dissident Wei Jingsheng. Wei was
received for about 10 minutes by the IOC's head of communications, who told
him that the IOC was not in a position to solve problems that had been around
for many years. Wei warned that the games were becoming more and more
unpopular with many Chinese.
    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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