Hillary Takes A Stand Against Genocide Olympics
by alegre, Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 07:48:08 PM EDT
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...
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.