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Olympians Must Speak Out On China

Posted by Author on August 27, 2007


By PETER GANONG AND DANIEL HEMEL/ JTA, via Jpost.com-

In the summer of 1936, a year after the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws, the world turned a blind eye to Nazi Germany’s genocidal intentions as Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin. With next summer’s games set to take place in Beijing, Jewish and Israeli athletes have a responsibility to help ensure that the world does not make the same mistake.

This time the Jews are not the victims. Rather, China’s victims are the 1.2 million Tibetans who have died as a result of Beijing’s invasion of the previously independent Buddhist nation. They are the untold thousands of dissidents and prisoners of conscience who will be kept out of view in modern-day gulags while the world’s attention is focused on the action inside Beijing’s ultra-modern sporting arenas. They are the 200,000 or more Darfurians who reportedly have been killed as a result of the genocidal campaign waged by the Beijing-backed Sudanese regime.

China’s state oil company owns the largest stake in the consortium that is developing Sudan’s petroleum industry, and China buys about four-fifths of all Sudanese oil exports. An estimated 70 percent of the oil profits in Sudan are spent on a military that lays waste to villages in Darfur.

To stand by idly while the blood of others is shed would be un-Jewish. ONE JEWISH luminary who isn’t staying silent is Steven Spielberg, who has threatened to resign as artistic adviser to the games unless China changes course in Darfur. His demand, he explained in a letter to Chinese leader Hu Jintao, stems from his “personal commitment to do all I can to oppose genocide.”

Unfortunately, other Jewish leaders don’t seem to share that commitment. The president of the Israeli Olympic Committee, Zvi Varshaviak, said last month that in light of its experience, Israel “will continue to act toward keeping politics outside of sport in general and the Olympic Games specifically.”

Would Varshaviak also have remained silent in light of the Jewish experience at Berlin?

We are not proposing a boycott. Olympic boycotts have been tried before – Israel, the US and five dozen other countries stayed away from the 1980 Moscow Games to protest the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. But this time a boycott might shift attention away from Beijing, when the goal instead should be to cast a spotlight squarely on China, on its human rights abuses and its support for genocide.

Indeed, human rights activists across the globe have teamed up to brand Beijing 2008 “The Genocide Olympics.” The Genocide Olympics campaign is a “nightmare” for the Chinese hosts and their corporate sponsors, according to Business Week magazine. But that nightmare pales in comparison to the daily nightmare of Darfurians, Tibetans and the democracy activists in Chinese prisons. IF THE NUMBERS from 2004 are any guide, more than 60 Jewish athletes – about half from Israel – will participate in the Beijing Games. They can play an important role in the Genocide Olympics effort.

Regardless of whether they are dressed in the blueand-white uniform of Israel, the blue and red of the US or the blue and yellow of Australia, they can wear the green wristbands that have become the symbol of the Save Darfur movement worldwide. When television cameras zoom in on Jewish athletes, the green bands will be a reminder of the ruthlessness of the Beijing regime. And the bands will be a powerful sign that on the most important human rights issues facing the world today, Jews will not remain on the sidelines.

When Jewish sports stars take their place among athletes from the 200plus nations at the games, they should also join ranks with the activists who have signed on to the Olympic Dream for Darfur Campaign – a list that includes Ira Newble of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, Ruth Messinger of the American Jewish World Service and the actress Mia Farrow.

Organizers of the campaign recently lit an alternative Olympic torch near the Chad-Darfur border and are carrying it to locations of past mass murders across the world – including a Holocaust site in Germany – en route to its final destination in China.

Seventy-two years after Berlin, Jewish athletes from Israel and around the world will have the opportunity to speak out for justice in the same circumstances under which other nations were all too willing to stay silent.

If Jewish athletes take the lead, next year’s Olympic flame will shed light on the bloodshed that Beijing has carried on in darkness. – JTA

Peter Ganong is an intern at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and a third-year economics student at Harvard. Daniel Hemel is a first-year international relations student at Oxford.

Original report from Jpost.com

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Human Rights Torch Reaches Berlin, Calls for Boycott of 2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted by Author on August 22, 2007


By Florian Godovits, Epoch Times Berlin Staff, Aug 21, 2007-Prof. Ines Geipel

BERLIN—Over two weeks in August 1936, Nazi Germany painted a rosy picture to the world of peace and prosperity during the Berlin Summer Olympics.

Outside the same Olympic Stadium, human rights activists last Saturday called for a boycott of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, as the Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR) made its first stop in Europe.

Set to pass through more than 35 countries and 100 cities, the global torch relay started last week in Athens, running under the banner: “No Olympic Games in China without human rights.” It was organised by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), an international coalition of individuals and organisations concerned about widespread human rights violations in China, according to the organisation’s website.

Former Olympian Ms Ines Geipel was a member of the East German (GDR)Prof. Ines Geipel cross-country team in the 1980s. She was the starting runner of the protest-relay and completed part of the track with 7 year old Fadu Chen, who lost her father due to the persecution of the meditation practice Falun Gong in China six years ago (photo right).

“Those who celebrate the Olympic Games in China next year without a change of the human rights situation should know they are doing so with murderers,” Ms Geipel said in front of a crowd of about one hundred people that had come to the handover of the torch.

Also carrying the torch were Andreas Krieger and his wife Ute Krieger-Krause, bothAndreas Krieger and Ute Krause former athletes and victims of a systematic doping campaign by the communist government of East Germany (GDR). The program saw unsuspecting athletes given large doses of anabolic steroids to boost their results, despite adverse health effects.

(photo: former athletes Andreas Krieger and his wife Ute Krieger-Krause)

Secret East German files recently revealed that as many as 10,000 athletes were involved in a state-sponsored attempt to build a country of 16 million into a sports power rivaling the United States and the Soviet Union.

Mr Krieger, a shot putter who won a gold medal in the 1986 European Athletics Championship, said that although the former Soviet-controlled GDR and today’s communist China were different systems, there would be similarities in the methods used to suppress and ideologise people.

“We can’t always shift off our responsibility; we have to make a statement today … Only discussions all the time … Meanwhile people are dying,” said Mr Kreiger.

“Never has compliance with the enemies of freedom been any use to freedom,” statedRainer Wagner Rainer Wagner, chairman of the Union of Victim Associations of Communist Tyranny (UOKG) in a speech at Berlin’s Olympic Square. “With deep sadness, we witness that western politics and business is sacrificing its ethical values for short-sighted financial gains and the illusion of fake communication.”

(photo right: Ms. Rainer Wagner, chairperson of UOKG spoke on ceremony)

The HRTR’s next stop will be Munich. It is expected to arrive in Australia at the end of October.

– Original report from the Epochtimes : Human Rights Torch Relay Reaches Berlin

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Chinese Athletes Under Pressure

Posted by Author on August 15, 2007


The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Aug. 15, 2007 –

This is the sixth and final installment of a series on the Beijing Olympics, which will kick off on Aug. 8, 2008. The Chinese Communist Party is putting China’s national prestige on the line as it prepares for the Summer Games, but it remains to be seen how well the country can perform in the Games.

During China’s National Championships held June 10 at the Shanghai International Gymnastic Center, female gymnast Wang Yan, 15–aspiring to compete at next year’s Olympic Games–suffered a spinal fracture after falling headfirst from the uneven bars, ending her Olympic dream.

A Beijing evening newspaper said Wang’s fall was the result of an attempt at an acrobatic move. Some parts of the Chinese media linked the accident to the pressure to win a spot on the national team for the Olympics.

Under the national training system, gifted Chinese athletes are picked by the state for special training while still very young.

The about 1,500 athletes who sit at the top of the athletic pyramid receive better-than-average salaries and housing from the government. Olympians are selected from this pool of elite athletes.

Those selected as national team members are expected to boost the country’s national prestige. In other words, they are hounded by the pressure of winning medals.

Xiong Ni, 33, vice director of the Hunan Provincial Bureau of Sports in Changsha, Hunan Province, said the bureau provides an opportunity for retired athletes to make good use of their experience.

“That’s why former athletes like me work for the bureau,” he said proudly.

Xiong was a gold medalist in the diving event at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics. After retiring, he underwent a training program for elite athletes provided by the Chinese Communist Party, winning promotion to his present post at an unusually young age.

While Xiong’s abilities should be given credit for his promotion, his gold medals also had an effect.

The government is generous to those who can boost national prestige. However there are also cases in which athletes become expendable after they retire.

In spring last year, the postretirement life of former female national weightlifting champion Zou Chunlan, 35, became a hot topic for the media after a TV program showed her scrubbing grime from the skin of spa customers for a living.

Former marathon runner Ai Dongmei, who has won international competitions, was reported to be thinking about selling her medals because she could not make ends meet.

Former female badminton national team member Wang Chen, who now lives in Hong Kong, said that in China, coaches would openly express their displeasure when athletes lost. “I really hated it when that happened,” she said.

In 1999, Wang, 31, a native of Shanghai, went to Hong Kong to have an operation on her ankle, and has lived there ever since– freeing herself from the Chinese national training system.

At last year’s Asian Games, she beat Chinese representatives to win a gold medal. She will represent Hong Kong in the Beijing Olympics.

“Coaches in Hong Kong tell me to enjoy playing. In the past, badminton was the only life I had. Now, it’s only part of my life,” she said, smiling.

China won 32 gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics–second only to the United States–and the feat was considered a miraculous achievement.

But Beijing Olympic officials and coaches have said the medal harvest was an overachievement, and that it will be difficult for Chinese athletes to surpass the haul made at the 2004 Olympics.

At a press conference held Aug. 1, Cui Dalin, deputy director of the General Administration of Sport cautioned against high expectations, saying China is still among a group of sporting nations trailing behind the United States and Russia.

“We’re planning to aim for a high finish in the group,” he said.

However, his remark could possibly be interpreted as a strict order for Chinese athletes not to finish lower than third in the medal rankings.

One Chinese sports official said that if athletes who won gold medals at the Athens Olympics fail to repeat the feat at the Beijing Games, it would be tantamount to suicide. It was difficult to tell whether he was joking.

With one year to go before the Summer Games, the Chinese Olympians tasked with boosting their nation’s prestige must put their future on the line while fighting the pressure to win medals.

Original report from The Yomiuri

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Olympic Athletes Who Fail Background Checks Can’t Enter China

Posted by Author on August 13, 2007


The China Scope, 08/11/2007-

Security will be tight for the Olympics. “Beijing’s Olympics Intelligence Center will conduct a background check and risk assessment on all athletes attending the Olympics in Beijing.” “Once found questionable, the person will be denied a visa and barred from entering China. No explanations will be provided.” [1]

The above information was reported by The First from the China Public Emergencies and Emergency Technology Forum held in May, “No visa will be issued to any suspicious person thus barring his or her entry into China and ensuring the security of the 2008 Olympics.”

The Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee has formulated multiple security plans, one for each venue and each delegation, to prepare for emergencies.

“According to sources, the Security Coordination Team of the Beijing Olympics will set up a command center and an intelligence center. The intelligence center will follow the internationally accepted principle of ‘no explanations’ when conducting intelligence, i.e., all athletes attending the Olympics in Beijing will be subject to a tough eligibility review. Once found questionable, the person will be denied a visa and barred from entering China. No need to provide any explanations.”

It was reported earlier that China’s Ministry of Public Security issued an internal secret directive listing 43 categories of people who will be investigated and barred from entering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Some examples of included groups are overseas hostile forces, counter-revolutionary figures, the Dalai Lama and affiliates, Falun Gong, religious groups and individuals who use the Internet to instigate disapproval of the Chinese Communist Party.

Notes:
[1] The First, May 16, 2007 republished at sina.com
http://2008.sina.com.cn/dt/other/2007-05-16/094912776.shtml

Original report from ChinaScope.org

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Boycott 2008 Beijing Olympic, Say Olympians and Activists

Posted by Author on August 9, 2007


By Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 09, 2007-David Kilgour speaks at a press conference prior to the opening of the Human Rights Torch Relay in Athens on August 9, as 2006 Winter Olympics Bronze medallist Martins Rubenis, official Ambassador of the Relay, looks on.

ATHENS— Just hours prior to the opening of the Human Rights Torch Relay in Athens on August 9, activists and olympians called for the world to boycott the Beijing 2008 Olympics, citing a clear message: The Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot co-exist in China.

(photo: David Kilgour speaks at a press conference prior to the opening of the Human Rights Torch Relay in Athens on August 9, as 2006 Winter Olympics Bronze medallist Martins Rubenis, official Ambassador of the Relay, looks on.– Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

“This torch relay is aimed at urging the international community to boycott the Olympic games in Beijing, as we believe that hosting … [them] would be a travesty of the Olympic spirit and a direct violation of the Olympic charter,” said Charles Graves, leading member of the Committee to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG). Graves is also Secretary-General of the NGO Interfaith International and a regular U.N. advisor.

The HR Torch Relay, initiated by CIPFG, is aimed at exposing and stopping the worst human rights violations in China, and will run parallel to the official Olympic Torch Relay, which began on August 8.

Graves was joined at the press conference by two Olympians: Jan Becker, an Australian swimmer in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and 2006 Winter Olympics Bronze medallist Martins Rubenis, official Ambassador of the HR Torch Relay.

“I believe the Olympic Games have always been a symbol of high moral standards, a natural striving of harmony between physical strength and spiritual force of human being,” said Rubenis.

“The Communist regime of China has no right to represent the highest principles of the Olympic movement.”

Jan Becker is shocked that simply because she started practicing the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, she has been forbidden by Chinese authorities from attending the 2008 Games. Furthermore, she believes that Olympic athletes are being asked to censor their opinions as the Games approach.

“Here in Australia I believe that the athletes have been threatened. If they talk about Falun Gong … they will be dropped from the team. Now this has come out through a person who knows somebody who’s an athlete in training. They’re not going to say much because they’ll be dropped from the team,” she said. She says she hopes some Australian athletes will go public with this information, but acknowledges that the prospect of going to the Olympics may be too strong for such an action.

Also at the conference was David Kilgour, co-author of the major report on organ seizure from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China. Kilgour focused on the organ harvesting issue, while also outlining a series of other violations currently taking place there.

“If the killing of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience across China does not stop immediately, and we’ll all know it if it does, people of goodwill everywhere should immediately call for a boycott of the Bloody Harvest Games,” said Kilgour.

Press conference speakers agreed that a boycott in itself is not the main issue. The activists’ stated goal is to use the threat of boycott to pressure Beijing into stopping some of the worst human rights violations happening in China today.

“The government of China is extremely sensitive on the Games; that’s why they acted on Khartoum [a reference to Beijing sending an envoy to Sudan at the urging of Steven Spielberg], that’s why I hope that they will act on this killing of Falun Gong practitioners, said Kilgour.

Kilgour highlighted an August 7 letter sent to numerous China human rights activists as well as politicians, signed by forty prominent writers and scholars from China. It demands that Beijing 2008 Olympic slogan be modified to “One World, One Dream, and Universal Human Rights,” and that Chinese leaders stick to this provision, immediately giving “amnesty to all prisoners of conscience” as a start.

“We need support of all the medias, to let the world know what is happening, and this is the only way the athletes are going to find out,” said Becker.

Additional reporting by Nicolas Schols and Stephen Smith

– Original report from the Epochtimes : Boycott Beijing 2008, Say Activists

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Press Release: Opening Ceremony of Global Human Rights Torch Relay on August 9

Posted by Author on August 9, 2007


Press Release, http://www.nieuwsbank.nl, 09-08-2007-

 

Olympics and Crimes Against Humanity Cannot Coexist In China

ATHENE, 2007/08/08 — Initialized by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) and supported by many organizations and individuals, the Human Rights Torch Relay will officially have its opening ceremony to light the first flame on August 9, 2007 in Athens, Greece.

More than 100 cities from 30 countries will join the torch relay after the ceremony, calling on the international communities to focus on brutal violations of human rights and the Olympics spirit by the Chinese Communist regime, in order to stop such crimes and not let the 2008 Olympic Games become “Bloody Harvest Games”.

For years, the Chinese Communist regime has been persecuting people in China, such as Christians, Catholics, Tibetans, and Falun Gong practitioners. The crimes of torture and genocide they have committed against humanity have been condemned worldwide. The 2008 Olympics were offered to Beijing for the regime to improve its crude human rights record.

However, instead of stopping its persecution, the regime has made use of the Olympics to further repress people in China, damaging the Olympic spirit of peace and human dignity.

Moreover it also supports crimes outside China, particularly the genocide in Darfur, which has been well exposed by the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and actress Ms. Mia Farrow, who consequently dubbed the 2008 Olympics the “Genocide Olympics”.

Greece, as the origin of Olympics, will receive many politicians, human rights organizations and Olympians as well as representatives of Chinese human rights defenders to attend the press conference and/or the ceremony, including:

Mr. Martins Rubenis, Mrs. Jan Becker, Olympic medal winners;

Hon. David Kilgour, former Canadian Parliament member and one author of the investigation report, which verifies ongoing organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China;

Mr. Michael Ghiolman III, Ghiolman Yachts Travel Aviation, President of Environmental – Ecological – Cultural and Development Society, whose grandfather and grandfather’s brother helped to organize the first Olympic Games in 1896;

Mrs. Melanie Fleck, Austrian Singer;

Dr. George Karahalios, prominent Mass Media Communicator & Lobbyist;

A Traditional Greek Music Band

Press conference:
King George II, 3 Vas Georgiou A’ St 105 64, Athens
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm, 9th August 2007

Opening Ceremony:
Syntagma Square, Athens
Time: 20:30 pm – 22:00pm 9th August 2007

Background:

The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) is an international non-government organization established in 2006 when the brutal crime of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China was exposed to the public. It consists of over 300 members from four continental delegations around the world, from politicians to doctors, from lawyers to religious groups.

The European delegation is chaired by Baroness Caroline Cox, member of the House of Lords (UK).

CIPFG since its set up has been requesting the Chinese regime to stop the persecution of Falun Gong, and allow the independent investigation by the international community inside China. However no response from the regime has been received.

On May 30, 2007, CIPFG announced in Canada the statement-Olympics and Crimes Against Humanity Cannot Coexist In China.

On June 8, CIPFG wrote to the Chinese leaders Mr. Hu Jintao and Mr. Wen Jiabao, to ask them to stop the persecution by August 8, 2007, otherwise CIPFG would call for a worldwide boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

The Human Rights Torch Relay, initialized by CIPFG, has been widely joined and supported, by for example Network for Human Rights in China (Denmark), International Society for Human Rights (Germany), Doctors Against Organ Harvesting (USA), Canadian Students for Darfur, and especially large numbers of people in China who recently sent out the message to ask for “No Human Rights, No Olympics”.

Contact Greece:
Fotini Bakatsia, Tel +30-6973 579932,
Kostas Tsolis, Tel +30-6947 421621
Email: cipfg_greece@cipfg.net

Contact Holland:
W. Stuifbergen, Tel 070-3456851 fax: 010-4613979
Dhr. M. `t Hoen, Tel 06-44173026 fax: 010-4613979
Email: olympischespelen@cipfg.nl

Internet
:
www.cipfg.org
www.boycottccpolympic.org/ol/en/ol2.jsp

– Original report from http://www.nieuwsbank.nl : Global Human Rights Torch Relay

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China: Former Women Marathon Champion Won Fraud Case Agaist Coach

Posted by Author on June 24, 2007


Reuters, Jun 19, 2007-Ai dongmei

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese athletics coach Wang Dexian has paid an undisclosed sum in compensation to three distance runners who sued him for withholding winnings and grants over an eight-year period, local media reported on Tuesday.

The fraud case brought last September by 1999 Beijing Marathon winner Ai Dongmei and her former training partners Guo Ping and Li Juan was settled by mediation at a court in Beijing on Monday, the Web site Sina.com reported.

(photo: Ms. Ai Dongmei and her medals)

“I took the money, but to tell the truth I’m not very happy, said Ai. “I still feel sad and tired after such a long time. Anyhow, it is significant for us to get our own money.”

As next year’s Beijing Olympics approach, the fate of former Chinese sports champions who have fallen on hard times has become a regular feature of local media reports.

The athletes alleged that Wang had offered to look after their bank books because they were too young to do so themselves.

When the books were returned, they said, a significant amount of cash was missing.

Ai put all 16 of her athletics medals up for sale earlier this year to fund the case, and has been selling popcorn and children’s clothes on the streets to make ends meet.

The 26-year-old mother of one said she would not be pursuing the case any further for patriotic reasons.

“A friend of mine said, ‘the 2008 Olympic Games is coming close. The longer your case lasts the bigger damage it will do on the nation. You’d better let it go as long as you get the money back, in this way it may not harm the country that much’,” she said.

“I refused to speak to foreign media … but what could I do? … I didn’t want to wash our dirty laundry in the foreign media,” Ai added.

Wang was banned from coaching for life by Chinese sports authorities after another of his charges, Sun Yingjie, tested positive for the steroid androsterone at the 2005 National Games.

Sun, who won the Beijing Marathon three times, later claimed Wang had regularly beaten her.

– original report from Reuters : Chinese coach pays up after athlete fraud case

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