Since 2002, HRIC has published resources looking at various issues surrounding the 2008 Beijing
Olympics. Below is a selection of some of the most recent resources.
Preparing for the Games
- Take Action: 2008 and Beyond. A closer look at the promises ("Green Olympics", "High-tech Olympics", "Free and Open Olympics", and "People's Olympics") laid out as part of Beijing's preparations to be host city. Includes profiles of activists, religious practitioners, journalists and writers; a look at how China's environmental problems affects the rest of the world; China's record on press freedom; and Beijing 2008 by the numbers.
- Where is the "Frugal Olympics"? Internet Voices Protest Extravagance. An HRIC Brief exploring how public expressions of resentment are growing against costly publicity events promoting official prestige rather than the spirit of the Games.
- In the Interest of Transparency. . . On September 11, 2007, HRIC issued an open letter to Jacques Rogge and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), calling for the disclosure of Beijing' host city contract. The host city contract describes the legal, commercial, and financial rights and obligations of the IOC and the host city. On October 22, 2007, HRIC received a faxed response from the International Olympic Committee.
- Promises, Promises. Despite human rights-related commitments as diverse as transparency and accountability, access to information and freedom of the press, poverty alleviation, an improved standard of living for all people, and compensation for evictions and health issues, the record to date raises serious compliance issues...
Looking beyond the Games
- Packaging China for the Olympics. A look at the public relations and marketing firms are helping to present and brand Beijing for the Games, and legal firms have been hired by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) to protect their intellectual property.
- Ready, Set. . . A report on the key preparatory activities of three groups—the Beijing hosts, the corporate community and athletes. Also identifies actions that different actors can take to address the ongoing deterioration of human rights, including violations related to Olympics preparations.
- FAQ: Reporting During the Olympics. An FAQ for foreign journalists operating in China during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Legal Guidelines for Foreigners—Olympic Traps for Foreigners? The Chinese government released the "Legal Guidelines for Foreigners Entering, Exiting and Staying in China during the Olympics,"on June 2, 2008. The guidelines consist of 57 questions and answers divided into eight categories including transportation, accommodations, medical treatment, intellectual property protection of the Olympics logo, and "special notes." As the guidelines are currently only available in Chinese, HRIC issued an English translation of the guidelines, as part of a Press Advisory.
Graphics, Charts, and Lists
- "Improve Manners and Foster New Attitudes": The Beijing Civility Campaign. In the lead up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, one of the top priorities of the BOCOG is the civility campaign titled "Welcome the Olympics. Improve Manners and Foster New Attitudes." The campaign includes the hiring of roving lecturers to train students, workers and volunteers in Olympic etiquette. [p.2]
- Who's Who in the 2008 Olympics. The chart lists the individuals and bodies involved in preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Includes summary descriptions for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), IOC Coordination Commission, Chinese Olympic Committee, and BOCOG. Updated July 2006. [p.6-7]
- Resource List: The 2008 Beijing Olympics. An annotated list of online resources relating to the 2008 Beijing Olympics from a variety of official, news, academic and commercial websites.
- Olympics Advocacy Campaigns. A round-up of NGO campaigns that have been putting the heat on Beijing in the run-up to the Olympics and beyond. [p.5-7]
- Olympics Venue Construction. A table of Olympic venues, the sports hosted, location, and status of construction (including estimated cost, construction start and end date, and design information, where available). Updated July 2005. [p.2-3]
- Monitoring China's Olympic Commitment. A table comparing Beijing's commitments, as laid out in the 2002 Olympic Action Plan, and implementation concerns. [p.3-6]