China Discriminates Against Mongolians and Blacks
China is often a recurring name on the Human Rights Watch.org for offenses to their own people so now hearing about their discrimination against people of African descent saddens me but doesn’t surprise me.
According to an article on Globe and Mail.com Chinese police are putting pressure on some bar owners to get them to sign secret pledges that they will prohibit Blacks and Mongolians from entering their establishments during the Olympics. The police and bar owners deny it but many African residents of Beijing express they are being harassed by the police.
The Globe and Mail reports, “Africans and Mongolians are often perceived as criminals in Beijing. Until this year, a number of young African men were openly selling drugs in the Sanlitun district, and many Mongolian women were working as prostitutes in the city.”
Many African students have left China this year because they were unable to renew their Visas.
In early July President George Bush met with China’s President Hu Jintao to discuss human rights and political freedom in China. President Bush said he plans to attend the games along with his family because not going would be an affront to the people of China.
I’ve had to honour of dealing with two Chinese presidents, and every time that I have visited with them, I have talked about religious freedom and human rights,” Bush said. “I don’t need the Olympics to express my concerns.”
Well, that’s all good for Bush but let’s just hope he doesn’t ask Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki out for a drink because Kibaki most likely won’t get into the bar.