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China: The Olympics Countdown - Failing to keep human rights promises

, Index number: ASA 17/046/2006

This report summarizes a number of Amnesty International's human rights concerns in China - concerns which the organization is continuing to highlight as key areas for reform in the run-up to the Olympics. They are: the continuing use of the death penalty and abusive forms of administrative detention, the arbitrary detention, imprisonment, torture and harassment of human rights defenders, including journalists and lawyers, and the censorship of the Internet. Amnesty International considers that positive reforms in all of these areas are essential if China is to live up to its promises to improve human rights.

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