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The China and human rights controversy

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In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing, many critics called for a boycott of some kind to show revulsion at China’s support for the Sudanese regime, its disregard for human rights, and its treatment of Tibet. But what about the other side of the argument? Some critics argue that the West has no right to lecture China on human rights anyway. Should the Olympics be used to ‘bash’ China or are they an opportunity to put the regime under international pressure to reform? Filmed at the Institute of Ideas Battle for China conference speakers Brendan O’Neill editor, Spiked and Minky Worden media director, Human Rights Watch; co-editor of Torture and editor of China’s Great Leap do battle.

Related topics: Debates, Democracy, International

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Matthewhope said:

It all seems so wrong that we stand above others when we are wielding our soldiers and bombs around the world. how can we lecture?

Ian said:

Human rights seem to be a ‘good’ yet they undermine the sovereignty of those they say they are standing shoulder to shoulder with. But worse for me is that they focus on countries like China as they just don’t like how they are developing, so they criticise other countries based on our own criteria as if we are the great. What about challenging the authoritarian government we have.