"China must be held to Olympic promises: Aust Tibet Council
The Australia Tibet Council says the International Olympic Committee must make China accountable for what it describes as grave violations of human rights in Tibet.
The council says it is pleased with the reaction from Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith, who has called for China to exercise restraint, but says a strong response from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is also needed.
The council’s executive officer Paul Bourke says China has not honoured the human rights commitments that it made in its bid for this year’s Beijing Olympics.
"When the Olympics were awarded to China, they gave certain guarantees about improvements in human rights and media freedom," he said.
"It’s backsliding on those guarantees. For the Olympics to go ahead in China, the international community is particular the IOC must hold China to those promises that were made."
The Australian Olympic Committee has refused to comment on whether it will take any action."
March To Tibet – (March 10 Uprising 2008)