/R E P E A T/ - Press Conference - Reporters Without Borders - Amnesty International



    MONTREAL, Aug. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders Canada and
Amnesty International Canada (French speaking section) will be holding a press
conference at the Olympic Stadium of Montreal, Monday, August 6, two days
before the official ceremony celebrating the 365 days before the Olympic
Games.
    Only one year to go before the opening of the Olympic Games, and yet the
Chinese government still has not respected the commitment they made to improve
human rights conditions when they were awarded the games in 2001. Two days
before the official ceremony celebrating the 365 days before the Olympic
Games, Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International express their views
on the current state of human rights in China.
    Kayum Masimov, member of the Uyghur community (a persecuted ethnic
minority in China), and the Professor Irwin Cotler, liberal MP and Opposition
Critic for Human Rights, will be speaking alongside François Bugingo, the
President of Reporters Without Borders Canada and Béatrice Vaugrante, Director
of Amnesty International Canada (French speaking section).
    This will be an occasion for Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty
International to express their concern that the impending arrival of the
Olympic flame has had little positive impact on press freedom in particular
and human rights in general. Rather, an intensified crackdown on subversive
elements, the continued detention of at least 80 journalists and
cyber-dissidents, as well as the forced relocation of whole communities to
make way for Olympic venues in Beijing are examples of how human rights have
actually deteriorated as a direct result of the Olympic preparations.

    
                    The press conference will be held on:

                   Monday, the 6th of August 2007, 10 a.m.

           At the Salon Montréal of the Olympic Stadium of Montréal

                                 3200 Viau.
    

    Please confirm your attendance by contacting Katherine Borlongan
    email : rsfcanada2@rsf.org
    telephone : 514-521 4111 Cell : 514-258 4188




For further information:

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

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