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China Olympics Human Rights Act Passed in Congress

World Journal, News Report, Betty Lin, Translated by Jun Wang Posted: Aug 04, 2008

Editor's Note: In an effort to ensure that China stop violating human rights and conduct the Beijing Olympic in a free and open spirit, the U.S. Congress last week passed the China Olympics Human Rights Act.

WASHINGTON D.C. With the Olympics just around the corner, the US Congress July 30 passed the China Olympics Human Rights Act with 419 votes in favor and one against it. The Act urges the Chinese government to immediately stop violating human rights and make sure that the Beijing Olympics are held under the Olympics spirit of being free and open.

The Act urges the Chinese government to stop oppressing Tibetans and Uyghurs and to stop supporting the military governments in Sudan and Burma. The Act also asks President Bush to publish strong statements condemning Chinas human rights abuses.

The Act points out that in order to host the Olympics, the Chinese government promised to protect human rights and respect religious and media freedom, but it hasnt carried out those promises. The Act asks the Chinese government to set free political prisoners, and to lift its bans on media coverage and Internet censorship during the Olympics.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Bush would be the first United States President to attend the Olympics in a foreign country. She wants Bush to use this opportunity to forcefully bring up with the Chinese government human rights issues, as well as integrity of its exports.

National Security Council Acting Senior Director Dennis Wilder and White House Spokeswoman Dana Perino criticized the Chinese government for stepping up Internet censorship before the Olympics. Wilder said the United States will negotiate with the Chinese government over this issue.

President Bush will attend a church service in Beijing on August 10, and deliver a public speech on religious freedom, said Wilder.

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