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Australia: Human Rights Torch Relay Arrives in Sydney

Posted by Author on October 27, 2007

News.com.au, Australia, October 27, 2007-

A TORCH relay aimed at pressuring China on human rights ahead of the Beijing Olympics has arrived in Australia.

The year-long Global Human Rights Torch Relay will visit 100 cities on five continents before the 2008 Games, in a campaign which calls for an end to China’s human rights violations.

The relay started in Athens, where the torch was lit on August 9, before travelling through Europe and the UK and arriving in Sydney at 10am (AEST) today.

It will travel around Australia over the next two months, before continuing its world tour in Africa.

In Sydney, the torch was welcomed by a couple of hundred people with a ceremony at Town Hall.

Dr Sev Ozdowski, Australia’s human rights commissioner from 2000 to 2005, said the torch relay was a reminder the Olympic spirit had long been linked to human rights, civil liberty and peace.

He highlighted China’s persecution of journalists, human rights activists and Falun Gong practitioners and its actions in Tibet.

“The human rights torch relay is about people’s power,” he said at the welcoming ceremony.

“Not that long ago people power crumbled the Berlin Wall and brought an end to the Soviet empire.

“So let us ensure that the Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot co-exist together in China.”

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle was the first person to run with the torch on its way through Sydney.

She said Australia needed to use its strong trade relationship with China to send a strong message about humam rights abuses.

“It’s a message with the Olympic spirit of people working together,” Senator Nettle said.

“It’s a message the Chinese government needs to hear loud and clear.”

After the ceremony, a series of runners then took the torch down George Street to First Fleet Park at Circular Quay.

It was taken to the Opera House before being ferried across Sydney Harbour to Manly on a yacht.

The torch relay will now head to Brisbane, arriving on November 3.

– Original report from News.com.au : Human rights torch relay arrives in Australia

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