(BEIJING, October 19) -- The Olympic preparations have promoted and will continue to promote human rights causes in China, said Liu Jingmin, vice mayor of Beijing and executive vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), on Friday.
He made the remarks in response to a question from an AFP journalist.
President Hu Jintao made an important statement on the construction of the democratic political system and the development of human rights causes in China in his report to the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Liu said, adding that on July 13, 2001, Beijing stated in its Olympic bid that the Olympics would greatly enhance China's economic, social and cultural development, including the development of human rights causes.
Explaining how the Olympics have already contributed to the development of human rights causes, Liu said in preparing for the event, people's living conditions have been upgraded and their living environment has improved remarkably. BOCOG invited people of various social sectors to take part in the selection of the Olympic emblem, mascots and slogan and has widely sought the opinions of the public on the design of Olympic venues.
Liu also noted that BOCOG conducts a comprehensive social survey almost every six months to modify and improve its preparatory work according to the wishes and ideas of the people. The publication of the regulations on foreign media coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games and the preparatory period proved that Beijing is fulfilling the promise it made in its Olympic bid, Liu added.
"The Olympic preparatory work is progressing concurrently with China's development, and in the process, the democracy and human rights of the people will be vigorously enhanced and safeguarded," he said.