The China and human rights controversy

In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing, many critics called for a boycott of some kind to show revulsion at China’s support for the Sudanese regime, its disregard for human rights, and its treatment of Tibet. But what about the other side of the argument? Some critics argue that the West has no right to lecture China on human rights anyway. Should the Olympics be used to ‘bash’ China or are they an opportunity to put the regime under international pressure to reform? Filmed at the Institute of Ideas Battle for China conference speakers Brendan O’Neill editor, Spiked and Minky Worden media director, Human Rights Watch; co-editor of Torture and editor of China’s Great Leap do battle.