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Sunday, July 8, 2001

1. Chinese dissident denied Russian visa to attend IOC meeting (AFP)

MOSCOW, July 7 (AFP) - Russia has refused an entry visa to Chinese
dissident Wei Jing-Sheng who opposes Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympics on
human rights grounds, Moscow Echo radio reported Saturday.

Wei, who lives in the United States, had his visa application rejected by
the Russian consulate in Washington on "technical" grounds, the radio
station said, quoting an official of the small Transnational Radical party,
Nikolai Khramov.

The exiled human rights activist had planned to attend a news conference in
Moscow on Tuesday where he was to urge the International Olympic Committee
to reject Beijing's application to stage the 2008 Olympic Games, Khramov

The news conference was being organised by his party and representatives of
the Tibetan government in exile who believed that Beijing "must be denied
the right to stage the Olympic Games for as long as it continues to violate
human rights, notably those of the Tibetan people," he added.

The reason given by the consulate was that Wei did not have a valid
passport, Khramov said.

He noted however that the travelling documents granted to the dissident by
the US State Department had allowed him to travel widely around the world,
and that he was currently in Brussels.

Wei is an outspoken critic of the authorities in Beijing and has often been
cited as a possible winner for the Nobel Peace prize.

"We believe that the decision to refuse a visa to Wei Jing-Sheng was taken
not for technical but for political reasons, and we see them as an attempt
to please China," he said.

In Khramov's view the denial of a visa to Wei indicated the existence of a
"tacit agreement between (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (his Chinese
counterpart) Jiang Zemin over the Tibet and Chechen questions" -- a
reference to Russia's military campaign to put down a separatist uprising
in its southern republic.

Wei was deported to the United States in 1997 after he had spent 18 years
in Chinese jails, most of them in solitary confinement.

A delegation from China's Olympic bid committee was due in Moscow over the

The International Olympic Committee will announce its choice for the 2008
host city on Friday.

Beijing, which has been shortlisted along with Paris, Toronto, Osaka and
Istanbul, is considered a frontrunner.

China seized control of Tibet in 1950 in what it considered a "peaceful
liberation" and tried to legitimize its rule in 1951 with an agreement which
the exiled Tibetan government does not accept because it was signed by
Tibetan leaders under duress.

Beijing has ruled the Himalayan region with an iron fist since, with human
rights groups alleging widespread human rights abuses and attempts to
destroy Tibetan culture.

Jiang is due to make a state visit to Russia from July 15 to 18.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Chinese dissident denied Russian visa to attend IOC meeting (AFP)
  2. "You are naive and mislead" (DN)
  3. Olympic Games in China (DN)
  4. Ericsson’s support for the Games stands firm (DN)
  5. China is not a worthy Olympic country

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