China's ambassador to Holland rejects Amnesty petition
The Chinese ambassador in The Hague refuses to accept a petition that was offered to him by the Amnesty International.30 July 2008
THE HAGUE - The Chinese ambassador in The Hague refused to accept a petition on Tuesday offered to him by the Dutch department of Amnesty International.
The petition, signed by 166,383 people, requested the immediate release of four human rights activists.
Amnesty director Eduard Nazarsky ultimately deposited the petition in the embassy's postbox. Nazarsky said he "regretted" the refusal of Ambassador Zhang Jun not to accept the petition.
"Once you are inside, a good conversation usually follows," he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, the embassy had informed Amnesty it would not accept the petition.
The Dutch petition was one of several ways Amnesty is protesting on Tuesday against what it calls the alarming human rights situation in China.
The protests on Tuesday follow the publication of its report "China: The Olympics Countdown - broken promises" on Monday.
In the report, Amnesty writes the human rights situation in China has deteriorated in recent years, despite Chinese promises to improve its record in the run-up to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, which start 8 August.
[dpa / Expatica]