China's Olympic promises

27th July 2012

What is the legacy of China's Olympic promises in Tibet?

By allowing Beijing to host the Games you will help in the development of human rights,” said Liu Jingmin, vice-president of the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee, in April 2001

We are convinced that the Olympic Games will improve human rights in China,” International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, told BBC's Hardtalk in April 2002.

The claims of a Chinese embrace of the Olympic spirit ring hollow.

As the Olympic flame burns in Britain, the flames of Tibet are ignored.

The post-Olympic reality in Tibet

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We have uncovered a growing body of evidence of:

arbitrary detention
enforced disappearances
torture
deaths in detention
increased militarisation
communications blackouts

China's actions... not words

China will live up to its words and will turn its words into deeds ... The government will honor the promises and commitments made during our bid to host the Games,” said Beijing organising committee president Liu Qi, at a press briefing on 27 September 2006.

China’s recent ‘deeds’ include.
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shooting unarmed protesters (including Yonten, right, killed on 23 January 2012)
beatings and torture of individual protesters
the disappearance of monks for sharing information
lengthy prison sentences for sharing information
banning foreigners and journalists from Tibet

The continuing rights violations have resulted in large numbers of Tibetans rising up in peaceful protest, including by setting fire to themselves.

What you can do

The Tibetan flag will not been seen at the 2012 Olympic Games. In fact, it is among a list of 'restricted items' for spectators attending events.