China’s Ministry of Public Security has issued its most extreme directive to date for the 2008 Olympics, by calling for the investigation and/or barring of 43 categories of “undesirables.” The April directive, reportedly sent to all police stations, bureaus and autonomous regions throughout China, calls for investigations into participating Olympic athletes, members of the media, Olympic staff members, referees, sponsors, dignitaries, and the International Olympic Committee itself, among others, to determine whether they fall into any of the 43 categories. If carried out, the directive would require an unprecedented worldwide espionage effort, and would fly in the face of international law.
The directive also bars “key individuals in ideological fields,” “overseas hostile forces,” “counter-revolutionary” figures, the Dalai Lama and all affiliates, members of “religious entities not sanctioned by the state” (e.g. Roman Catholics), “individuals who instigate discontentment toward the Chinese Communist Party through the Internet,” and even certain types of “handicapped” persons.
Also unwelcome are any “individuals who filed a complaint with public security authorities” (including poor farmers whose land was stolen by corrupt officials), “family members of deceased persons” killed in “riots” — a euphemism for events such as the Tiananmen Massacre — and Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province, which the regime brands “national separatists,” and of course Falun Gong practitioners and those who support them.
The directive calls upon all levels of China’s regime to “cooperate,” but adds that it is “vital to keep this directive and all associated activities secret… it is of utmost importance to give the look of an easygoing environment to the outside, but in fact keep a firm handle on all activities.”
During bidding in 2001, the Beijing committee pledged that a win for China would help promote the development of human rights in the country. FoFG calls upon the International Olympic Committee to immediately investigate China’s efforts to do just the opposite of what it promised- use the Olympics as a license to crush any form of dissent or freedom. The IOC must assure the international community that China will honor the pledge it made, and it must uphold the principles upon which the Olympics are based.
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Falun Dafa Information Center press release
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London Times report
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