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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Beijing Olympics Countdown Clock

I have just installed a countdown clock counting the days, minutes and seconds till the Opening Day of The 2008 Beijing Olympics. (8/8/08)

I assume the Chinese chose that date for it's numbers with "8" being a very lucky number for the Chinese people. I am hoping that that day will also bring luck to those currently suffering Human Rights violations as well.

I want to draw attention to that date because I believe that between now and then will be the best time that perhaps there will be for a long time for the People's Republic of China to completely change it's views on human rights especially as it concerns the Uygur of Xinjiang and the Tibetans.

We must remain cognizant of this ticking clock and ensure that as hosts of the Games of Peace and Goodwill among men that the Chinese Government is continually reminded of it's obligations to humanity.

Let us hope that these Olympics do not bring with it additional suffering for the peoples of China.