Amnesty vs China: human rights record comes under attack by Amnesty International
Following on from our very own Karl Treachers pointed attack on the Olympic brand pre-Beijing, the presumably insomniac people over at Adland brought The Newshounds attention to this new video from Amnesty International, which doesnt hold back in its critique of the Chinese record on human rights abuses.
Amnesty is campaigning for Ye Guozhu, imprisoned and reportedly
tortured with electro-shock batons after he protested at forced
evictions in Beijing. Ye Guozhus home and family restaurant had been
bulldozed to make way for Olympics construction.
Amnesty is not against the Games but we want people to know what
else is happening in China – including the silencing of critics and
peaceful protesters – and to join our campaign for urgent human rights
reform, said Tim Hancock, UK campaigns director. People who speak out
about human rights in China are being persecuted and locked up ahead of
the Olympics. Torture is commonplace. Right now were demanding the
release of Ye Guozhu, who was arrested and tortured just for protesting
when his home was bulldozed to make way for Olympics venues. The
Chinese authorities promised when bidding for the Olympics that hosting
the Games would improve human rights. Rather than honour these
promises, the government has cracked down on dissent more rigorously
As the countdown to the Games continues, The Newshound asks how much worse of a PR nightmare can this become for the Beijing Games?