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April 3, 2008

(AGI/EFE) - Beijing, 2 April - The regime in Beijing has rebutted
Amnesty International claims, accusing the humanitarian organization of
"harbouring prejudice against China." In a very recent report, Amnesty
International has once again targeted the People's Republic for the
human rights situation, especially concerning the repression underway in
Tibet, and warned that the crisis is bound to grow worse as the Summer
Olympic Games in August approaches: the latter will not result in an
attenuation of the crackdown on dissidents, but the very opposite.
"Amnesty International has anti-Chinese prejudices," said Jiang Yu,
spokesman for the Beijing Foreign Ministry, "which is why it is easy to
image how useful its report is." The humanitarian organization has
spoken out on the increase in arbitrary arrests of its opponents,
including the journalist Hu Jia, on trial for "subversion of public
order," due to a series of interviews in which he criticized his
countries' authorities, especially concerning the imminence of the
Olympics. "No one in China," said the ministry spokesman in a press
conference, "can arrogate the privilege nor the right to be above the law."
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