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Congressman Rohrabacher Introduces Resolution Calling for Boycott of 2008 Olympics

Aug 8, 2007

Washington, Aug 8, 2007 - Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced House Resolution 610 expressing the sense of Congress “to take immediate steps to boycott the2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, unless the Chinese regime stops engaging in and supporting serious human rights abuses against its citizens and those in the Sudan, Burma and North Korea.”

“The Olympics represent the noblest elements of humanity and the Chinese regime represents the opposite,” says Rohrabacher.” The Olympic torch is supposed to be a beacon of light shining upon mankind’s higher aspirations in the world and it’s a travesty to have that torch hosted by a regime that is the world worst human rights abuser.”

“In 1936, Nazi Germany hosted the Olympics giving Hitler a worldwide platform to show case his fascist propaganda. It was wrong to support the Olympic venue then and it’s wrong for the United States to support this prestigious event being held in a similarly fascist regime in 2008,” proclaims Rohrabacher.

H. Res. 610 outlines various human rights abuses perpetuated by the Chinese regime not only on their own soil, but throughout the world. The resolution cites specific examples of government sanctioned denial of freedom of religion, expression, association and any democratic activity. According to Amnesty International, China continually holds thousands of political prisoners without charge or trial and is responsible for over 80 percent of all executions documented in the world. China also engages in the horrific practice of human organ harvesting without consent on live prisoners, especially Falun Gong practitioners and continues to enforce the “One Child” policy per family, oftentimes leading to forced abortions and sterilization.

Congressman Rohrabacher is the Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight.