Hillary Takes A Stand Against Genocide Olympics

Cross-posted at HILLARY'S BLOGGERS

Hillary's been trying to call attention to the genocide in Darfur for years now, and has joined others in calling on Bush to boycott the opening ceramony in Beijing when the Olympics get under way later this year.  Take a look at the statement she put out this afternoon...

Statement by Hillary Clinton on Olympics

The violent clashes in Tibet and the failure of the Chinese government to use its full leverage with Sudan to stop the genocide in Darfur are opportunities for Presidential leadership. These events underscore why I believe the Bush administration has been wrong to downplay human rights in its policy towards China. At this time, and in light of recent events, I believe President Bush should not plan on attending the opening ceremonies in Beijing, absent major changes by the Chinese government.

I encourage the Chinese to take advantage of this moment as an opportunity to live up to universal human aspirations of respect for human rights and unity, ideals that the Olympic games have come to represent.

Americans will stand strong in support of freedom of religious and political expression and human rights. Americans will also stand strong and root for the success of American athletes who have worked hard and earned the right to compete in the Olympic Games of 2008.

When Obama was asked about his stand on China's human rights problems and the Olympics he took a pass on answering it. Guess he's still mulling this one over.

Maybe we'll hear something now that Hillary's put out this statement.  Sure would be nice if he joined her in calling for this boycott.

Hey for more information on what's going on in Darfur please check out these sites...

Genocide Intervention Network

Save Darfur.org

Thanks.

U P D A T E

I must be tired tonight - I forgot to add something I've been thinking about all day on this.

I've written quite a bit in the past of Hillary's brave stand for basic human rights when she went to Beijing to speak out for women's rights at the UN Women's Conference in 1995. The Chinese tried to silence her by cutting off the broadcast of her speech. She kept speaking. They tried to keep people from non-governmental organizations (NGO's) from coming into the city to hear her speak - so she went out to them to hear what they had to say.

Take a look at what she had to say during that important conference...

Speaking out on what's important - standing up to the Chinese is nothing new for Hillary. So it's no surprise that she's speaking out now on behalf of the innocent people of Darfur now. Something tells me she won't let up either.

Tags: 2008 elections, china, Darfur, genocide, Hillary Clinton, Olympics, president (all tags)

Comments

24 Comments

Way to Go Hillary!

I'm so glad she's spoken out on this important issue.  Someone needs to stand up to the Chinese over their support of this genocide.

by alegre 2008-04-07 07:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Way to Go Hillary!

By the way, Hillary's 1995 speech in Beijing, China ranks 35th in the top 100 speeches of the 20th Century

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100sp eechesall.html  

Yet another under-reported accomplishment.

***A

by adrienne4dean 2008-04-07 10:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Way to Go Hillary!

So words and speeches DO matter, and are quite profitable as President Clinton has shown us!

by Obama Independent 2008-04-07 11:13PM | 0 recs
As the diarist stated

When Obama was asked about his stand on China's human rights problems and the Olympics he took a pass on answering it.

by KnowVox 2008-04-08 07:20AM | 0 recs
I think he would like to keep his own options open

on the violent suppression of anything similar here in the US. I expect his position to be that China 'has a right to do anything it wants with its own internal affairs' - This is China's (I think invalid) argument.

I think that there is a very real possibility of civil unrest if Obama does not live up to expectations and the economy continues to tank.

Something to think about, if Hitler had not invaded other countries, the system of international law would not have been able to touch him.

We haven't really learned the lessons that we should have learned from WWII concerning things like genocide.

People who point to Obama being half black I think are ignoring the trends in discrimination are away from racial discrimination and towards economic and genetic discrimination.

For example, China has a registration apatheid system that prevents country 'migrants' from living in cities legally. That system was set up during the huge famines in the early 60s in which millions of mostly rural people died of starvation. A persons status is hereditary.

This allows for the same kinds of problems we see here with illegal immigrants to exist. 'Migrants' because of their illegal status, cant complain about anything while they are in cities (where the jobs are) or they are 'deported' back to the poor rural areas they or their parents were born in.

As jobs get scarcer, things like that could start happening here. People already have to show ID when boarding transportation.

by architek 2008-04-08 01:07PM | 0 recs
Hillary leads while others follow. Another

reason I support Hillary for President.

by Rumarhazzit 2008-04-07 07:52PM | 0 recs
Hillary is fearless

Not afraid to take a stand before anyone else does.

by izarradar 2008-04-07 07:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary leads while others follow. Another

Straight up!

by alegre 2008-04-07 08:13PM | 0 recs
Hillary is absolutely right on this.
We need to send a message to the international community.
by sricki 2008-04-07 07:56PM | 0 recs
I agree with you, but it won't happen

The Olympics are corporate and the corporations have too much already invested in them for any kind of meaningful message to be sent.

We probably shouldn't be sending any athletes whatsoever. This Olympics should be boycotted.

by johnnyappleseed 2008-04-07 10:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Takes A Stand

She seems to always come out first with these kinds of positions.  I admire her leadership traits.

by TexasDarlin 2008-04-07 08:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Takes A Stand

Yeah - me too.  We need a fighter like her in the Oval Office.  Not someone who'll write "Not on my watch" in the margin of a report documenting the genocide, and then sits on his hands for 6 years.

by alegre 2008-04-07 08:24PM | 0 recs
It happened on her watch also

UMM, excuse me but I really don't think genocide is an issue Hillary should be bring up. One of my main reasons for not supporting clinton is how they stood by and allowed 800,000 people of Rwanda to  get slaughtered.

by lion king 2008-04-07 09:47PM | 0 recs
Re: It happened on her watch also
Oh, was Hillary president then? I seem to have forgotten.
by sricki 2008-04-07 10:38PM | 0 recs
Re: It happened on her watch also

If Hillary is going to clain first lady experience as presidential experience, then she should also be held responcible for what occured during that time. As such she did nothing to stop the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Rwandans.

by lion king 2008-04-08 06:15AM | 0 recs
What about Roosevelt who 'sat idly by' as..

millions of Jews, Ukrainians, homosexuals, communists, liberals and catholics were slaughtered by Hitler?

Was he a criminal too? Evidence has come out that the US probably knew of the attack on Pearl Harbor at least a few hours before it happened, because of information from both radar and intercepts of coded Japanese diplomatic communications to their embassy in Washington.

(Note, I'm not criticizing Roosevelt as much as it sounds like I am. There was a very real battle going on here in the US, and some very influential people in the US, industy titans, actually, supported Hitler.

by architek 2008-04-08 01:12PM | 0 recs
Including our current presidents grandfather..

He was involved with the Nazis very deeply.. he was basically their financial agent here.

by architek 2008-04-08 01:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Takes A Stand Against Genocide Olympic

International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded China as the host for this Olympic event with one of the conditions that China must improve the human rights condition in the country.  Obviously, China is breaking that condition.  Internet censorship is still the problem. And now the genocide in Tibet.  

US must show leadership to stand up against China.  IOC should do the same.  There was a protest in UK and France when the Olympic relay torch arrived there a few days ago.  

Hillary is already showing how a president should take a stand on the issue that matter.  She is ready before day 1

by JoeySky18 2008-04-07 08:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Takes A Stand Against Genocide Olympic

Right on Joey!

by alegre 2008-04-07 08:25PM | 0 recs
Aside from Sarkozy and Hillary

where are the rest of our leaders? Good for Hillary.

by catfish1 2008-04-07 08:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Aside from Sarkozy and Hillary

Keeping quiet for now I guess.  Must be running some polling numbers or something.

by alegre 2008-04-07 08:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Aside from Sarkozy and Hillary

While I, too, would like to hear Obama speak up on the subject...it is disingenuous to act as though Hillary is way out front on this. It's been one day. She just made the announcement herself...should she be dressed down for having 'kept quiet' on this till now? I think not.  

And if/when he does...he should no more be said to 'only be following Hillary' than Hillary should be said to be 'only following Pelosi'.

She should be commended (along with Pelosi and others)...as should Obama if/when he speaks out on the subject.

by Kysen 2008-04-07 08:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Aside from Sarkozy and Hillary

I'm sorry but I believe they announced today to try a distract from the Penn story, the hospital story and their announcement that they are filthy rich.

by lion king 2008-04-07 09:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Aside from Sarkozy and Hillary

I believe that Merkel (sp) has already announced that she is not attending the opening ceremonies (not 100% sure of her reasons though).

Pelosi was the first American politician I heard recommend that 'we' should not attend the opening ceremonies (but she supports allowing our athletes to compete).

I commend Hillary, and Pelosi and any other American (politician or otherwise) who is vocal about making a stand politically while not preventing our athletes from competing.

by Kysen 2008-04-07 08:39PM | 0 recs

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