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UPDATED: 08:11, September 22, 2006
China refutes criticism by Amnesty International on its efforts to improve human rights
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China on Thursday refuted the content of a report released by Amnesty International (AI) which criticizes its efforts to improve human rights.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a regular press conference when asked to comment on the new AI report which said China had failed to fulfil the promise it had made during its bid for the Olympic Games to improve human rights.

Qin said the AI has always been prejudiced against China and "its reports are usually politically motivated".

The AI, established in London on May 28, 1961, is an international human rights organization.

Qin pointed out that it is a violation of the aims of the Olympic Games if any organization or individual intentionally attempts to politicize the event.

Anyone who thinks China's determination to improve human rights was merely a ploy to be able to host the Olympic Games is simply revealing the poverty of his own heart and imagination, Qin said.

Qin stressed that China sees the respect and protection of human rights as a lofty target to which it dedicates unremitting effort. The Chinese government is committed to promoting democracy and legal systems, building up a country that is ruled by law and striving for a fair, just and harmonious society so as to realize the all-round development of its people.

Preparation work is progressing smoothly, said Qin. China is fulfilling the promises it made during its bid for the Olympic Games and will continue to do so.

China is confident that it has the capacity to host a successful Olympic Games, Qin added.

Source: Xinhua

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