Britain is to boycott the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing amid growing interest from other European nations over China’s human rights record, according to reports.
The Foreign Office has decided not to send any minister, member of the Royal family or senior British official to the games’ opening ceremony on August 8 in protest at China’s refusal to allow free expression in Tibet, allowing demonstrators unfettered access to London during two state visits by President Hu Jintao and lack of progress over freeing political prisoners it said were “serving long jail sentences merely for expressing their opinions.”
It remains unclear whether Gordon Brown will attend the closing ceremony on August 24 (continued)
US may boycott Olympics
One US senator believes the United States should boycott the Olympic Games in Beijing. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on ABC’s This Week that if China does not begin to reform it will be necessary for other nations to join together and demand a U.N. resolution condemning China’s abuse of its citizens’ human rights, he said.
China should change or other countries may need to consider a boycott, Graham added (continued).
US House passes resolution calling for Olympics Boycott
The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution asking President George W Bush to issue an executive order barring federal employees from attending this summer’s Olympic games as official representatives of the United States government after China rejected calls for an international investigation into its response to riots in Tibet in March.
The resolution also requests that no federal funds be used to transport Olympic athletes to the games and asks the president to instruct US diplomats not to participate in any opening or closing ceremonies in Beijing. The House voted 410-to-3 for the resolution (continued).
Journalists file complaints against China during Olympics
Several journalists are planning to file complaints with the International Olympics Committee (IOC) regarding their treatment while covering the XXIX Olympiad, during which several international news agencies have been asked by Chinese authorities to make changes in their coverage of Tibet’s riots and other important issues related to China’s human rights abuses.
Two major media outlets – Bloomberg News and USA Today – were sent letters by Chinese officials asking them to change how they reported on Tibet, and Time magazine was told it could not report on any Olympic issues from the location where its reporters were staying. Chinese officials visited Associated Press’s bureau in Beijing demanding that a story about Tibet be pulled from media websites (continued).
IOC rebuffs call for Olympics boycott
The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge has rejected calls to boycott the XXIX Olympiad, which is currently being hosted by China amid international criticism over its failure to address continued human rights abuses within its borders. Instead, Rogge believes boycotting the games would only hurt athletes and their families who have been training for years to participate in their respective sports.
Rogge also stated he believed China’s hosting of the Olympics was a chance for the nation to show its progress in embracing human rights (continued).
US may boycott Olympics
One senator believes that if china does not begin to reform it will be necessary for other nations to join together and demand a UN resolution condemning China’s abuse of its citizens’ human rights. If China does not change, Graham says, then other countries should consider boycotting.
The United States should confront China over its “appalling” record on human rights and could even call for a United Nations resolution condemning Beijing, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham suggested Sunday. […] “I think we’re going to have an international incident here,” he said. “I don’t want to boycott the Olympics, that would hurt the Chinese people,” Graham added. “I just think we need to put international pressure on China and stress human rights.”
Source: France 24
House votes for Olympic Boycott
The house has passed a resolution asking president to issue an executive order barring federal employees from attending this summer’s Olympic games as representatives of the United States government after China rejected calls for an international investigation into its riot response in Tibet in March. Members voted 410-3 in favor of the resolution.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday asking President George W. Bush to bar US government employees from attending this summer’s Olympic games in Beijing, China.
The resolution, introduced by New York Democrat James McGovern, also urges the president to instruct US diplomats not to participate in any opening or closing ceremonies and requests that no federal funds be used to transport Olympic athletes to the games.
“China’s brutal crackdown in Tibet and its other human rights abuses compel us to take this step,” McGovern said in a statement