Friday, June 01, 2007

HRW: China: Tiananmen Legacy Defies Olympic Gloss

No Justice or Accountability Almost Two Decades Later

It's time for China to look inside and admit their crimes against humanity or at the very least make a public apology.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - (Washington, DC, June 1, 2007) – China’s total failure to account for the massacre of June 4, 1989 casts a pall on its efforts to project a new image and continues to spawn more abuses, Human Rights Watch said today.
Eighteen years after Chinese government troops initiated a massacre of an estimated 2,000 unarmed citizens in and around Tiananmen Square and other Chinese cities on and after June 4, the Chinese government has wholly failed to account for those killings and bring justice to the victims. Instead, the government continues to harass the survivors, their families and those who dare to challenge the official whitewash of the events at Tiananmen Square.

“In the 14 months leading up to the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese Communist Party wants to be seen as a modern, sophisticated nation, one governed by the rule of law,” said Sophie Richardson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “But the image the world should not forget is that of a courageous individual facing down a column of tanks, as his fate and that of thousands of other protestors remain unresolved."(more)
OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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