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Saturday, July 14, 2001

2. International Olympic Committee awards Beijing 2008 Games

Tibetan Freedom Movement vows to intensify opposition

International Tibet Support Network

13 July -Tibetans and their supporters around the world have condemned the
IOC's decision to give the 2008 Olympic Games to Beijing, and vowed to
intensify their opposition over the next seven years.

"We are outraged that the IOC has chosen to overlook the systematic
destruction of Tibetan culture and human rights abuses committed by the
Chinese government," said Alison Reynolds, co chair of the International
Tibet Support Network and Director of Free Tibet Campaign. "But our campaign
is far from over. Not only will we hold the IOC accountable for this
decision, but we will ensure that, through these Games, the situation in
Chinese occupied Tibet comes under public scrutiny as never before."

Over the past six months Tibetans and Tibet supporters have sent over
250,000 postcards, letters, emails, faxes and petitions to IOC members, in
opposition to Beijing's bid. Thousands of exiled Tibetans signed khatas,
traditional Tibetan offering scarves, to counter Beijing's claim that
Tibetans inside of Tibet supported the bid. Two students were arrested in
Washington, D.C. late last month when they scaled the Chinese Embassy to
hang a banner protesting China's Olympic bid and the occupation of Tibet.
Two days before the decision in Moscow, 5 Tibetans and 1 Swiss supporter
were arrested, along with 2 journalists, after attempting to stage a
peaceful protest against China's bid. Two other campaigners were briefly
detained the following day.

Speaking from Moscow, John Hocevar of Students for a Free Tibet said: "We
are very concerned about the IOC's commitment to ensure the rights and
safety of those who plan to attend the Games in Beijing. Given the IOC's
lack of engagement with civil society, and failure to address human rights
concerns during the lead up to the vote, we have serious doubts about its
willingness to hold China accountable for human rights violations associated
with the 2008 Games."

China's bid was successful, despite a series of events which undermined its
government's claims that hosting the Olympics in 2008 would facilitate
improvements in human rights and that foreign journalists would be allowed
to freely cover the Games. A report released by Amnesty International on
July 6th showed that China executed at least 1,781 people in the past three
months - more than the rest of the world combined in the past three years.
Recently an American reporter was badly beaten by Chinese police and another
high incarnate child lama in occupied Tibet (8 year old Pawo Rinpoche) was
placed under house arrest.

The International Tibet Support Network (ITSN) is made up of over 100 Tibet
related non-governmental organizations from Europe, Asia, Africa and the
Americas. The ITSN campaigns on social justice, human rights and the
environment through a democratic and participatory process of
decision-making and activism.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Dharamsala Regrets 2008 Olympics Games Going To Beijing (DIIR)
  2. International Olympic Committee awards Beijing 2008 Games
  3. Tibetan Women Strongly Oppose the IOC Decision of 2008 Olympics (TWA)
  4. IOC Nods to Beijing with Granting of Summer 2008 Games Tibetans and Supporters Vow to Increase Opposition (USTC)
  5. Beijing's Olympic Gold May Come at a High Price
  6. The young Chinese TV journalist on the bus was puzzled
  7. Rights groups condemn city Tibet exhibit 'Propaganda' photos: Images whitewash Chinese repression, critics allege (NP)

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