Prior to last summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, Chinese officials announced a program to allow public demonstrations. All that was needed, Chinese officials said then, was to submit an application.
However, China never approved a single one of those applications. In fact, some of the citizens who had tried to apply for the permits were harassed or detained.
Minky Worden of Human Rights Watch, who edited a book about the Olympics and human rights in China, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the international community’s pressure on China, human rights in China since the Olympics and how the economic downturn is impacting the country’s human rights.