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Olympics looms amid accusations

New Delhi, Thu, 31 Jul 2008 NI Wire

With Beijing hosting this year’s Olympic Games – less than two weeks away, the Amnesty International has accused Chinese authority for not doing enough to cease right abuses, as the organisation in one of its latest report has claimed that the Human Rights in China is declining ahead of Olympics. Moreover, the international community is continuously urging the Chinese authority to endorse complete media freedom and stop repression and prosecution. However, the recent pressure from United States in terms of legislation passed by the US Congress urging Beijing to improve human rights and stop oppression of ethnic communities has been strongly rebutted by China, thereby making the matters worse prior to the world event.

There is a high voice of disagreement gaining momentum especially on the very facet of press freedom. The authority in Beijing has blocked access to websites of various foreign media organisations and bared reporters from covering any sensitive issue linked to human rights abuse, which certainly goes against China’s earlier claim of allowing freer reporting for foreign journalists. China on the other hand defending its stand has asked foreign media to respect Chinese Law. But such stand would in no way benefit the imaging building spree of China and the very legacy of the Game.

Under such allegations, China has to act immediately and respond positively to the international body. There is no logic to boycott the games as every big country in one or the other has or had numerous cases of severe human rights abuses. Yet, the repression and prosecution in China can not be avoided but to be addressed at large. With the hosting right, China has got an opportunity to display the changing scenario of right and liberty along with the development of economy.

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