Monday, May 24, 2010

Lunchtime Talks: Human Rights situation in China, 21 years after Tiananmen.

When: Thursday 3rd June 2010 from 12-13.30pm.

Where: Amnesty International Action Centre, Level 1, 79 Myrtle St, Chippendale

RSVP, inquiries and questions for our speaker: or on 83967667

To highlight the fact that China still does not prioritise the respect for human rights and to commemorate the horrifying events that took place on Tiananmen Square 21 years ago, Amnesty International Australia is organising its sixth Lunchtime Talk of the year next Thursday.

High-profile events like the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai Expo in the last couple of years raised some hope for real and sustained improvements in the country’s overall human rights situation. However, during the run-up to the Shanghai Expo 2010, more than 18,000 families were evicted from their homes to pave the way for China’s global technology and innovation showpiece, starkly contrasting with the central theme of the expo, “Better city-better life”. Moreover, since the end of February many human rights activists have been under surveillance or are detained to stop them from protesting or speaking to journalists.

During this lunchtime seminar Dr Feng Chonyi, Associate Professor in China Studies and Deputy Director of the China Research Centre for the University of Technology in Sydney, will shed light on the present situation of human rights in China. Afterwards there will be time for questions and informal exchange of thoughts over a typical Chinese Yum Cha Lunch.

Looking forward to see you all at the Lunchtime Talk!

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