Friday, August 24, 2007

Letter: Shining torch on human rights

Monday Mag: Published: Aug 22 2007
Re: “Walls and Torches” (August 16-22)

John Threlfall is right to be concerned about the escalated crushing of dissident voices by the Chinese regime along with the poison emerging from China these days. Ditto. What is comforting though, is that an alternative human rights torch relay, led by the Honourable David Kilgour, will beam the spotlight on the regime and continuously send shock waves throughout the four corners of the world during the next year as the torch covers five continents.

Kilgour, who wrote a report earlier this year confirming the harvesting of live Falun Gong adherents’ organs, plans to use the brutal persecution of Falun Gong as a prime example to illustrate the severe decline of China’s human rights record since it was awarded the Olympics in 2001. The persecution is by far the worst human rights violation occurring in China today—not only does it go against the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but it also goes against the Olympic Charter! Killing people on demand for their organs for profiteering shouldn’t go unnoticed by the international community let alone the IOC (source: It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to see that communist China is completely unfit to host the Olympics. At this point, it is clear that the IOC need our assistance to help them understand the Olympic Charter and implement it. But I won’t hold my breath! Meanwhile, three cheers to the brave Students for Free Tibet group for their feat at the Great Wall! That is truly inspiring affirmative action for safeguarding the Olympic spirit and putting human rights and dignity in the forefront where they should be. Chapeau!

By Marie Beaulieu, Victoria

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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