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Rights group: abuses in China linked to Olympic preparations

[JURIST] In a report [text; press release] issued Friday, human rights group Amnesty International [advocacy website] claimed that the abuses currently taking place in China are directly related to the country's preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing. The group pointed out that 3,400 people were put to death in China in 2004, more than all other countries in the world combined. Amnesty also urged the International Olympic Committee [official website] to monitor developing human rights violations that are linked to China's preparation for the Games, including those evicted from their homes to make room for Olympic site development and jailings of individuals who have requested that the IOC demand human rights reforms in China. DeHavilland has more.

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