Friday, October 06, 2006

Religious Deterioration is reason to reject the Olympics

The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2006 has blacklisted China as a serious violator of religious freedom. Christians, Uighurs, Tibetan monks/nuns and especially the Falun Gong have been hit the hardest.It's time to urge the IOC to relocate the 2008 Beijing Olympics--it's obvious that China is not willing to improve its human rights record before the Games--quite the opposite is happening.

Religious Deterioration is Reason to Reject China's Olympic Bid

Freedom House Center director Nina Shea said: "Memories of the Olympics in Nazi Berlin continue to cast a shadow over the Games. The Olympics would again be dishonored by the scandal of holding the prestigious events in a country where "unapproved" houses of worship are routinely bulldozed, grandmothers and priests are bludgeoned to death for religious practices, and religious people are sent to labor camp by the tens of thousands."

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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