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Are the Olympics Affecting China on Human Rights?

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/06/18/Chinas_Olympic_Human_Rights_Challenges Human Rights Watch Media Director Minky Worden discusses whether recent international attention due to environmental disasters, economic growth, and the 2008 Olympics has affected China's positions on human rights. ----- As human rights emerge as a central concern around the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges examines China in transition today. When Beijing first sought to host the Olympics, China was still recovering from the upheavals of Maoist rule and adapting to a market revolution. How are China?s leaders managing the Olympic process and the internal and external pressures for reform the Games are creating? China's Great Leap illuminates China's recent history through voices of leading China experts, and points to key areas for future reform. Join the book's editor, Minky Worden, and contributing writers Scott Greathead and Emily Parker for an evening of discussion, moderated by Jamie Metzl, Executive Vice President of the Asia Society - Asia Society As Media Director of Human Rights Watch, Minky Worden works with the world's journalists to help them cover crises, wars, human rights abuses and political developments in more than 70 countries worldwide.Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Ms. Worden lived and worked in Hong Kong as an adviser to democratic party chairman Martin Lee and worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as a speechwriter for the U.S. attorney general and in the executive office for US attorneys. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms. Worden speaks Cantonese and German and is an elected member of the Overseas Press Club's board of governors. She is the editor of China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Seven Stories, May 2008) and the co-editor of Torture (New Press, 2005).
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