Today is the Internet Censorship Day of Protest!Posted: July 29, 2008
The source of this information and of this protest is Amnesty International. If you lived in China you would not be able access even the most basic information about Human Rights, Freedom, the Falun Gong, AIDS, SARS nor would you be allowed FaceBook, MYSpace, CNN or Wikipedia.
There are people in China who need your support. In their country saying what you think, confronting authority, standing up for basic rights or just sharing information can leave you imprisoned, tortured or dead.
In its bid for the 2008 Olympics China promised that it would make life better for its 1.3 billion citizens.
Liu Jingmin, Vice-President of the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee, even said: “By allowing Beijing to host the Games you will help in the development of human rights.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has also repeatedly said it expects human rights in China to get better, as a result of Beijing’s selection as host of the 2008 Games.
Time to deliver
China has yet to deliver on its words and the Olympics are fast approaching. We are demanding the Government live up to that promise and make China a free, fair and open place to live.
We need your help to do it. A lone voice is not enough, but hundreds, thousands, and hopefully millions of people speaking up together can bring change.
Campaigning for change
We are mobilising people from all over the world – from Mongolia to Denmark, from Chile to Australia – and calling on China to change.
Our campaign focuses on four areas, where we believe reform will have the most impact:
- Unwarranted Internet and media censorship
- The death penalty
- Repression of human rights defenders
- Torture and detention without trial
Right now, our supporters are organising demonstrations and vigils, lobbying, writing letters to governments and radio stations, building alliances, exerting influence on companies and intergovernmental groups, and raising public awareness.
The aim of every word and action is to bring about change in China. We need your help.
We want the legacy of the 2008 Olympics to be more than medals and records. We want the legacy to be a China where human rights are respected and protected.