China mounts dissident assault before Games

Telegraph -By David Eimer in BeijingChina has been accused of committing new human rights abuses ahead of this August’s Beijing Olympics, while spending vast amounts on hi-tech surveillance and security systems. The crackdown is making a mockery of China’s promise to the International Olympic Committee in 2001 that it would improve its dismal human rights record and allow greater media freedom if it were allowed to host the Games.

“The human rights situation in China has worsened over the past six months,” said Sharon Hom, the executive director of the US-based organisation Human Rights in China. “We’re seeing increased restrictions on freedom of expression and the detention and harassment of human rights activists.”[continues…]

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