AMNESTY REACTS TO SPIELBERGS DECISION TO PULL OUT OF BEIJING

Stephen Spielberg, (filmmaker and the associate director on "Schindler’s List") on announcing that he would cease his involvement in the Beijing Olympics was praised by Amnesty International over his concern about China and Sudan’s human rights abuse.

Amnesty International UK Campaigns Director said: ‘Like any company or individual operating in China, it is right for Steven Spielberg to examine whether this makes him complicit in human rights violations.."

"What’s important is that everyone involved in the Olympics goes to China with their eyes open"

China has traded arms and invested in oil resources in Sudan without sufficient consideration for the human rights of the population. In many ways, China’s economic relations with Sudan have been detrimental to the human rights situation of the country. There is strong evidence that arms exported from China are fuelling the conflict in Darfur, which is now spreading to neighbouring Chad.

In 2007 Amnesty International released a report which revealed that weapons and military equipment from China were being used to fuel the conflict in Darfur.

Amnesty International is campaigning for the Beijing Olympics to leave a lasting legacy of improvements in human rights for China. More information about the campaign can be found at: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/china

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