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Red Song Turned Green?

The news of Bo Xilai being 'sacked' by Beijing was released on 15th March, and Chongqing officials setup this green board in the famous Chongqing square saying: no one is allowed to dance and sing in this park at anytime, due to noise that may affect public health and good rest.

The central park of Chongqing was one of the main spots where people were ordered by Bo Xilai to sing and dance red (Maoist) songs since March last year. People have gathered that to watch song and dance every night since last year.

One blogger says: Only last week, TV news reported a teacher sang a red song that reduced her cancer pain, now we are forced not to sing.

Another blogger: we citizens were suddenly forced to sing, now suddenly forced not to sing; When will we able to have a proper ticket and vote for ourselves, and to decide what we want to do?

Strip Beijing of 2022 Winter Olympics PDF Print E-mail
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A global coalition of political leaders is demanding the International Olympics Committee (IOC)  reconsider Beijing as the host of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, because of increasing concern over the Chinese regime’s human rights atrocities.

 

There is also potential for the alliance of conservative politicians and human rights groups to organize a boycott of the games.

 

“I have asked that the IOC thinks again about hosting in China,” said Sir Iain Duncan Smith, a British MP, and co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and former leader of the Conservative Party in Britain.

 

“The free world does have a strong position to say the bullying, the threatening, the internal repression, the border disputes, the arrogant attitude to your neighbours, the breaking of the treaty with Hong Kong – these must have consequences,” Sir Iain said. “At the moment the Chinese believe these consequences are no more than just condemnation.”

 

“The IOC must recognise that the Olympic spirit and the reputation of the Olympic Games will suffer further damage if the worsening human rights crisis, across all areas under China’s control, is simply ignored,” the letter read.

 

The letter also argued that Beijing’s hosting of the Summer games in 2008 emboldened China to engage in different policies including targeting ethnic minorities including Uyghur people.

 

The alliance pushing for the IOC to reconsider the games is made up of 160 members from the United States, Canada, the UK, Japan, New Zealand and Europe, including a number of Australian politicians including Andrew Hastie, Tim Wilson, Kimberley Kitching, Eric Abetz, Kevin Andrews, James Paterson, Amanda Stoker and Raff Ciccone.

 

International response needed to China’s abuses

 

Hundreds of organisations urged the United Nations to probe rights violations in China on Tuesday 10th September as other groups called for Olympic chiefs to strip Beijing of the 2022 winter games.

 

Two separate coalitions of rights groups issued calls for a clear international response to China's abuses as concern grows over its clampdown in Hong Kong and mass internment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

 

More than 160 rights groups warned IOC President Thomas Bach that allowing the 2022 Games to go ahead could cause more repression in China.

 

China faces increased scrutiny over a security law imposed on Hong Kong in June, which radically increased Beijing's control over the city and has led to a brutal crackdown on dissent.

 

 

Genocide

 

There has also been mounting concern over the situation in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, where more than one million ethnic Uighurs and other minorities have been herded into internment camps to undergo political indoctrination, according to rights groups and experts.

 

At the end of July, an overseas-based Uighur group urged the IOC to reconsider holding the 2022 games in China, accusing the government of "genocide" of the Uighur population.

 

The ongoing persecution and organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners also amounts to genocide.

 

Tuesday's letter to the IOC said there had been a "gross increase on the assault on communities living under its rule" after the 2008 Summer Olympic Games were awarded to Beijing.

 

"The IOC must recognise that the Olympic spirit and the reputation of the Olympic Games will suffer further damage if the worsening human rights crisis, across all areas under China's control, is simply ignored," the letter said.

 

Violations

 

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has repeatedly called for Beijing to grant her office "unfettered access" to Xinjiang to investigate alleged abuses.

 

"We believe that the audacity and the uncorrected nature of the Chinese government's human rights violations inside and outside the country warrant a fundamentally different and ambitious response," Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch's China director told reporters.

 

HRW and the 320 other rights groups who signed the letter to the UN reiterated a call in June from dozens of UN experts for the UN Human Rights Council to host a special session on Chinese violations.

 

They pointed to the situation in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, as well as in Tibet, and raised concerns over the suppression of vital information linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The NGOs highlighted attacks on activists, journalists, lawyers and government critics across the country and voiced alarm at "the impact of China's rights violations worldwide".

 

They pointed to the targeting of rights defenders and internet censorship and digital surveillance and accused Beijing of working to "distort the mandate" of the rights council by blocking "scrutiny of serious rights violations and international crimes in countries around the world".

 

The council, they said, should establish an "impartial and independent UN mechanism to closely monitor, analyse and report annually" on the rights situation in China.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 17:26
 

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