Gunilla Lindberg

Human Rights Not on Olympics Agenda

Sweden’s representative on the International Olympic Committee, Gunilla Lindberg, has said there are no plans to raise the issue of human rights with China when the country hosts the 2008 Summer Olympic games.

Ever since the announcement was made six years ago to award Beijing the 29th Olympics, heavy criticism has been levelled at the IOC from organisations such as Amnesty International.

Lindberg maintains that human rights will not be on the agenda at the IOC’s meeting, which is taking place in Guatamela this week. She believes others should raise the issue, citing politicians, private companies, and human rights organisations.

Amnesty International Sweden’s Elisabeth Löfgren says it is the committee’s urgent responsibility to address China’s human rights record, which was recently in the spotlight when a company making promotional products for the games admitted using child labor.

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