Art protest over Chinese human rights

Swiss Amnesty activists have joined an international art project to remind China of its human rights promises ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games.

This content was published on July 12, 2008 minutes

More than 100 people braved the rain in the capital, Bern, to spell out the word "justice", in a "visual art petition" to China.

According to Amnesty International, more than 20 countries were scheduled to take part in the protest on Saturday, with words such as "freedom" and "dignity" also being used.

"Seven years after the Olympic Games were awarded to Beijing, we want to use this worldwide action to remind the Chinese authorities to respect justice and to stop convicting human rights defenders in totally unfair trials," said Swiss project coordinator Christine Heller.

Amnesty Switzerland says said this type of protest was chosen because China refuses to deal with the organisation.

It claims that the Olympic Games, which are due to start on August 8, have caused further human rights abuses in China.

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