April 02, 2008

China fears suicide bombers; Amnesty lambasts China

China has been talking about suicide bombings in Tibet for a while now, perhaps in order to capture the Western obsession with terrorism, but so far nothing like this seems to have happened. It is true that the Tibet protests have spread unrest to other minorities, including western China's considerable Muslim population. (China confirms that protests have taken place in Xinjiang in the country's far northwest, for example.)

China is still jamming shortwave radio broadcasts in Tibet, according to an exile group.

And Amnesty International is letting China (and Olympic sponsors) have it:

The Olympics have so far failed to catalyze reform in China and pledges to improve human rights before the Games look disingenuous after a string of violations in Beijing and a crackdown in Tibet, Amnesty International said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), foreign leaders and overseas companies engaging with China could appear complicit if they failed to speak out about the rights violations, the London-based watchdog said on Wednesday as the volume of criticism of China grows around the world.

The world, used to seeing a serene, smiling and seated Buddha, was surprised by the Saffron Revolution and Tibet protests, writes Matthew Weiner in a discussion of the tradition of engaged Buddhism.

Security forces in Sri Lanka are accused of massacring aid workers in 2006, according to the University Teachers for Human Rights.

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