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Human Rights in China Worse Since Olympics Started, Experts Say
Friday, August 22, 2008
By Josiah Ryan, Staff Writer
(CNSNews.com) - The Communist Chinese government has restricted freedom of speech more than usual and arrested many protesters since the start of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, an expert and a member of a human rights organizations told CNSNews.com on Thursday.
John Ray, a correspondent for Britain's Independent Television News, reported that he was dragged off by Chinese authorities while trying to a photograph a “Free Tibet” protest near the Olympic park in Beijing last week.
Ray later escaped, but the fate of other protesters who were arrested remains unknown.
Experts told CNSNews.com that that Ray’s experience was only an example of the kind of suppression that has occurred in China during the Olympic Games.
“Beijing has been put under very strict supervision,” said Tkacik. “The Olympics has been a real set back for any freedom of expression speech and assembly in Beijing.”
I guess if you restrict human rights as a matter of policy, the last thing you want is for the Olympics to "Show it to the world"...
Churches ordered closed during Olympics
Pastors forced to sign agreements not to meet for 90 days
An organization founded by a man who escaped from China after being persecuted for his Christian faith says it has uncovered a secret Chinese government document demanding that churches shut their doors for 90 days around the Beijing Olympics.
"Should church members violate these rules they will be subject to the disciplinary actions of the Chinese government," said the report from China Aid Association, an organization dedicated to helping persecuted Christians.
"Pastors were forced to sign a written agreement that they would not participate in religious services while the Olympic Games are taking place in China," the organization said.
China Aid said the document, drafted by Chinese government officials, specifies that the house churches in China "refrain from organizing and joining illegal gatherings and refrain from receiving donations, sermons and preaching from overseas religious organizations and groups that have a purpose."