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Monday, April 30, 2007

Amnesty International sees deterioration of human rights situation

The Washington Post reports as follows:

The 2008 Olympic Games have become a catalyst for more repression in China, not less, according to an Amnesty International report released today and aimed at pressuring the Beijing government a year before the start of the world's premier sporting event.

The 22-page report says China's illegal detention and imprisonment of activists and other measures have overshadowed some modest reforms, including how the Chinese legal system reviews death penalty cases and the loosening of some restrictions on the foreign press. The report marks the latest effort by human rights organizations and individuals to try to use the Olympics, and the international spotlight they place on China, to push for broader reforms. (Full story here.)

The full Amnesty International report is here: on-line version | PDF version.

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Not a surprise. China is presumably going to try to tighten up on dissent at this point, but I am thinking they will loosen as the Olympics gets closer and publicity increases.

Posted by: China Law Blog | May 12, 2007 5:31:58 AM

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