China, Olympics and Human Rights

China continues to violate the basic, universal human rights of its citizens, even though their leaders campaigned to host the Olympics on the promise that human rights would improve in China. Sadly, that has not been the case. Many civil rights advocates who are peaceful citizens have been imprisoned, and censored. Chinese journalists, for example, so far are not given the same privileges as international journalists covering the Olympics. Also, a Google version search engine in China censors such words as: human rights and Amnesty International. For more on the suppression of human rights in China go to Amnesty’s You Tube video here.

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4 Responses to China, Olympics and Human Rights

  1. revcowboy says:

    I don’t even know if I want to watch the Olympics this year… I am amazed that the IOC was willing to grant China the games.

    During the torch relay protests I heard an IOC rep say that the games are about sports, and not poltics… and I thought to myself, you have totally forgotten the whole reason the games started in the first place.

  2. dimlamp says:

    Thanks for your comments RevCowboy.

    I think the jury is still not in regarding whether the Olympics will have improved human rights in China over the long haul or not. The games have always been somewhat political, unavoidable I think.

    Moreover, the games have become almost farcical as the athletes involved are all-to-often doping themselves into oblivion and definitely not stellar role models for the younger generation of athletes.

  3. kim says:

    Is anyone going to hold China to account on the promises it made that hosting the Olympics would improve human rights in China?

    Show your solidarity for Chinese bloggers who risk censure, arrest, torture and even imprisonment for peacefully expressing speaking out online.

    Join Amnesty International’s online Day of Protest. Check it out –

    Internet censorship helps the Chinese authorities to hide human rights abuses – like how much they use of the death penalty, torture and their persecution of human rights defenders.

  4. Mel Munchinsky says:

    Not that long ago, the Soviet blocked looked as stable politically. But if one takes the Moscow Olympics as a guide, it did not add to the long-term standing of the Soviet Union. On the contrary, it delivered the first important step on the way to the collapse of the Soviet Union 10 years later in 1990. The Nazi regime only lasted nine years following the 1936 Berlin Olympics. China after the Olympics will certainly be a different nation. My hope remains that China, sooner rather than later, will emerge as a nation where civil liberties are valued and respected and Chinese governments are elected by the people and for the people.

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