Chinese embassy refuses Amnesty petition

The Chinese ambassador in The Hague and other embassy staff on Tuesday refused to accept a petition by Amnesty International calling for the immediate release of four human rights activists.

The petition, with over 166,000 signatures, was offered to the ambassador by the head of the human rights organisation in the Netherlands, Eduard Nazarsky, reports ANP news service.
Nazarsky told ANP he was disappointed that the new Chinese ambassador Zhang Jun would not accept the petition. The Amnesty director said he had held two hours of talks with Zhang Jun’s predecessor in January.
Tuesday saw the worldwide publication of an Amnesty International report criticising China’s human rights record 10 days before the Olympics are due to start in Beijing.
The report claims human rights situation in China has become worse rather than better in the run up to the Olympics.

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