March 15, 2009 |
"The decision in 2001 to give the games to China was made in the hope of improvement in human rights and, indeed, the Chinese themselves said that having the games would accelerate progress in such matters." -- IOC member Dick Pound in his book "Inside the Olympics." -- One political issue overshadowed the rest when International Olympic Committee members voted in 2001 to award the Summer Games to Beijing -- human rights. Tibetan activists demonstrated against the bid near the Moscow convention center where the secret ballot was held, and Russian police broke up small protests by free-speech advocates.
March 22, 2002 |
Under cover of the war on terrorism, the Chinese government has significantly stepped up its crackdown against alleged separatists in the western region of Xinjiang since Sept. 11, a human rights group charges. Authorities have shut down mosques, detained thousands of people deemed suspected separatists and clamped tighter controls on the local media to discourage unrest among the indigenous Uighur population, according to a report released today by Amnesty International.
February 16, 2002 |
About 25 members of Falun Gong expelled from China after protesting in Beijing's Tiananmen Square returned to the United States on Friday, displaying bruises, cuts and scrapes from what they said were police beatings. "I was trying to say 'Falun Gong is good,' but they kept hitting me over and over again," Mark Gardner, 22, of Brea, Calif., said as he arrived in Detroit on a Northwest Airlines flight from China.
February 10, 2002 |
A Hong Kong businessman convicted of smuggling Bibles into China returned to the territory Saturday after he was released from a Chinese prison. A Hong Kong Security Bureau statement said officials have been in touch with Li Guangqiang's family since his return. It gave no other details. President Bush, who is to visit China this month, had expressed concern about Li's case and asked the State Department to look into it.
November 10, 2001 |
The United Nations' top human rights official told Chinese leaders Friday that efforts to combat terrorism must not infringe on the human rights of China's Muslim minorities. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told officials that, since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, her office had seen an increase in allegations of summary execution, imprisonment and torture of ethnic Uighurs in the Xinjiang region in northwestern China.
August 18, 2001 |
Four members of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual group who allegedly incited other adherents to immolate themselves were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Friday, Chinese state media reported. The four were convicted by a Beijing court of "organizing, masterminding, instigating and assisting" five Falun Gong practitioners who set themselves afire in Tiananmen Square in January to protest the Communist regime's ban on their faith.