Amsterdam mayor to discuss human rights in China

7th August 2008, Comments 1 comment

Mayor Job Cohen says Chinese violations of human rights are not a good-enough reason to avoid going to the games.

7 August 2008 

AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen will raise the issue of human rights during his stay in Beijing, where he will attend the Olympic Games, he told Dutch news agency ANP on Wednesday.

Cohen emphasised Chinese violations of human rights are not a good-enough reason to avoid going to the games.

"I think it is always better to remain in contact with a country rather than avoid it," he said shortly before his departure to China.

"We should not ignore the facts. The situation in China is far from ideal and incomparable with our country," Cohen said, adding the Dutch embassy supports several non-governmental organisations that deal with human rights issues in China.

Beijing and Amsterdam are twin cities. In recent years mutual visits from both mayors and accompanying delegations has led to increased cooperation, among others concerning projects of sustainable development.

[dpa / Expatica]

1 Comment To This Article

  • HistoryTechDoc posted:

    on 7th August 2008, 11:12:55 - Reply

    "Cohen emphasised Chinese violations of human rights are not a good-enough reason to avoid going to the games."

    Would it make a difference to Mayor Cohen if the human rights violated were those of Amsterdam Burgers, Dutch nationals, EU subjects and citizens, or nationals from Western countries? Or since these violations including torture and executions for thought-crimes are 'only' being perpetrated against Chinese nationals, it should, therefore, not interrupt commercial opportunities for the Rupert Murdochs of this world to make big money and for millions to guzzle beer and much on buckets of popcorn.

    Exactly what would be "good enough-reasons" for countries 'avoiding' Olympic Games in Beijeng or anywhere else in the future?

    Sorry, but China should never have been given the Olympic Games in the first place; it's record on human rights violations goes back at least 50 years.

    Apparently there must be strict geographical limits on how far 'Normen en Waarden' go when it comes to sports entertainment.