Women’s World Longboard Champion Boycotts China
I came across this over at Inertia. “Women’s World Longboard Champion Cori Schumacher has decided to boycott the 2011 World Tour event being held in Hainan, China. In a statement to the ASP, Schumacher says that she takes issue with participating in the Tour’s second contest located in Hainan Island, China.”
Cori should be commended for taking a stance on human rights. China has big issues to solve and correct in regards to human rights. I wonder if Cori is aware of human rights abuses by the USA, also. And will boycott events there?
Read Cori’s statement to ASP after the jump, and then some statistics on US human rights abuses. Sobering stuff …
Schumacher stated the following in an email to ASP administrators (via Inertia):
“I have deep political and personal reservations with being a part of any sort of benefit to a country that actively engages in human rights violations, specifically those in violation of women. The ASP event in China coincided with an important US congressional hearing on China’s “One Child Policy,” a policy sanctioned by the Chinese government that is implicated in gendercide, sexual slavery, forced sterilization and forced abortions.
The ASP is the recognized “governing body of surfing”, an entity that expresses and represents surfing’s highest aspirations and goals. That the ASP is colluding with a government that actively engages in human rights violations and crimes against humanity is profoundly disturbing to me. That the first event of consequence to be held in China is a WLT, women’s world championship deciding event is equally, if not more, disturbing to me personally. I do not believe that the ASP and the surf industry exist in some apolitical vacuum in this situation.
It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that I am morally obligated to pass on this year’s WLT events. I have no doubt that my peers will represent the beauty and grace of women’s longboarding in these events, and I wish them the best of luck”
Perhaps, Cori could also draw attention to the the following USA and human rights issues:
At the beginning of May, 2001, the United States lost its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission for the first time since the panel’s founding in 1947. (The Human Rights Commission assigns investigators to probe abuses around the world.)
According to a FBI report on crime statistics released in September 2007, 1.41 million violent crimes were reported nationwide in 2006, an increase of 1.9 percent over 2005. Of the violent crimes, the estimated number of murders and no negligent manslaughters increased 1.8 percent, and that of robberies increased 7.2 percent. Throughout 2006, US residents age 12 or above experienced an estimated 25 million crimes of violence and theft.
Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976 there have been 1077 executions in the United States (as of May 23, 2007).
Cases in which US law enforcement authorities allegedly violated victims’ civil rights increased by 25 percent from fiscal year 2001 to 2007 over the previous seven years, according to statistics from US Department of Justice. However, the majority of law enforcement officers accused of brutality were not prosecuted in the end.
The United States of America is the world’s largest prison and has the highest inmates/population ratio in the world. A December 5, 2007 report by EFE news agency quoted statistics of US Department of Justice as saying that the number of inmates in US prisons have increased by 500 percent over the last 30 years.
In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner. That’s an average of three women every day. According to the National Crime Victimisation Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006. That’s more than 600 women every day. What is the US government doing to protect women?
The living conditions of US children are of great concern. The Houston Chronicle reported that a survey by the United Nations on 21 rich countries showed that though the United States was among the world’s richest nations, its ranked only the 20th in the overall well-being of children.
The invasion of Iraq by US troops has produced the biggest human rights tragedy and the greatest humanitarian disaster in modern world. It was reported that since the invasion in 2003, 1,000,000 Iraqis have died, of which 99 percent were civilians. A report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed that about one million Iraqis were homeless, half of whom were children. US troops have killed many innocent civilians in the anti-terrorism war in Afghanistan.
In 2004, photos showing humiliation and abuse of prisoners were leaked from Abu Ghraib prison, causing a political and media scandal in the US. Forced humiliation of the detainees included, but is not limited to nudity, rape, human piling of nude detainees, masturbation, eating food out of toilets, crawling on hand and knees while American soldiers were sitting on their back sometimes requiring them to bark like dogs, and hooking up electrical wires to fingers, toes, and penises.
On February 6, 2008, the CIA director General Michael Hayden stated that the CIA had used waterboarding on three prisoners during 2002 and 2003, namely Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Abu Zubayda and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.
The United States maintains a detention center at its military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba where numerous enemy combatants of the war on terror are held. The detention center has been the source of various controversies regarding the legality of the center and the treatment of detainees.
The U.S. has not ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which was drafted for prosecuting individuals above the authority of national courts in the event of accusations of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crime of aggression. Nations that have accepted the Rome Statute can defer to the jurisdiction of the ICC or must surrender their jurisdiction when ordered.
As for Australia:
Australia has a policy of mandatory detention for all refugees and asylum seekers who arrive by boat on its shores. This represents a radical departure from any other country that signs the United Nations Conventions – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
And the list goes on in this sorry state of affairs.