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Call For Release Of China’s "Olympic Prisoners" During Vancouver Games

February 14, 2010

Reporters Without Borders International
Saturday, 13 February 13, 2010

Vancouver prepares to inaugurate the 2010 Winter
Olympics tomorrow, China continues to detain
human rights activists, journalists and bloggers
who were arrested for speaking out before, during
and after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"Dozens of Chinese families continue to suffer
the awful effects of the last Olympics because a
loved-one is still in jail for using the
fundamental right to free expression," Reporters
Without Borders said. "Unfortunately, the
International Olympic Committee and its
president, Jacques Rogge, are doing nothing to
obtain the release of these innocent people,
whose ordeal is a stain on the Olympics' reputation."

Reporters Without Borders has sent a petition to
Rogge asking him to intercede with the Chinese
authorities and seek the release of the "Olympic
prisoners" during the Vancouver Games. Signed by
more than 1,600 Internet users, the petition
urges Rogge "to speak up and to act in defence of free expression."

Reporters Without Borders will give copies of the
petition to Chinese embassies in Paris and Berlin
tomorrow. The petition also urges Chinese
President Hu Jintao to ask the competent
authorities in China to release the "Olympic prisoners."

More information about the "Olympic prisoners":
http://www.rsf.org/en-petition34043-Olympic_prisoners.html
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