WHEREAS, we live in a global community where what happens in one part of the world threatens our well being all over the world; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP is dedicated to the elimination of socioeconomic disparities faced by people of color across the globe through promotion of fair and equitable human rights and economic justice; and
WHEREAS, China maintains relations with and provides aid to regimes including Sudan, the site of egregious human rights violations in Darfur and Burma, whose military junta exercises violent suppression against civilians; and
WHEREAS, China does not recognize freedom of religion outside the state-controlled system in which all congregations, mosques, temples, churches and monasteries must register. The government also curtails religious freedom by designating and repressing some groups as ―cults,‖ such as the Falungong; and
WHEREAS, thousands of migrant workers employed on Olympic and other construction sites across Beijing do not receive legally mandated pay and benefits including labor insurance and days off, and are often compelled to do dangerous work without adequate safeguards; and
WHEREAS, China hampers efforts by activists and grassroots organizations to address the HIV/AIDS crisis through prevention and education efforts;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP urge the President of the United States to use all available diplomatic means, including direct negotiations with China to bring an end to the conflict in Darfur and support the United Nations efforts.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP actively engage, using its NGO status in the pursuit for peace and stability in Darfur; and
THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP utilize the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games to request that the President of the United States advocate for peace and the end to human rights abuses in China, Darfur and Burma.