Liu Qi (politician)

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Liu Qi
刘淇
Mayor of Beijing
In office
1999–2003
Preceded by Jia Qinglin
Succeeded by Meng Xuenong
President of the Organising Committee for the Summer Olympic Games
In office
2004–2008
Leader Jacques Rogge
Preceded by Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki
Succeeded by Sebastian Coe
Personal details
Born November 1942 (age 73)
Wujin, Changzhou, Jiangsu
Nationality China
Political party Communist Party of China
Occupation Politician
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Liu.

Liu Qi (simplified Chinese: 刘淇; traditional Chinese: 劉淇; pinyin: Liú Qí; born November 1942 in Wujin, Changzhou, Jiangsu) is a retired Chinese politician. He formerly served as the Communist Party Secretary of Beijing, and also a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. He was also the President of the Beijing Olympics Organizing Committee.[1]

Biography and career[edit]

Subject of human rights litigation[edit]

On February 7, 2002, Liu was sued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California [5] by the San Francisco-based human rights organization, the Center for Justice and Accountability. The plaintiffs in that case alleged that, as mayor of Beijing, Liu was responsible for formulating security policy and had control over the local police. The police were in turn alleged to have tortured the plaintiffs with beatings, electric shock, and forced feedings through tubes inserted through the plaintiffs' noses.[6] The court issued a declaratory judgment that Liu was responsible for violating the defendants' rights to be free from torture and arbitrary detention.[7] However, because Liu did not defend the suit, there were no hearings, trials, or findings of fact on the issues presented.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://en.beijing2008.cn/bocog/bocognews/headlines/n214469580.shtml
  2. ^ http://61.135.189.87/eolympic/bid/team/team1.html Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee's About Us page
  3. ^ The TIME 100: Liu Qi, By Simon Elegant
  4. ^ Anthee Carassava, Protesters disrupt Olympic flame lighting, International Herald Tribune, March 24, 2008.
  5. ^ Doe v. Liu Qi, 349 F. Supp. 2d 1258 (N.D. Cal. 2004).
  6. ^ Id. at 1267.
  7. ^ Id. at 1334.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Jia Qinglin
Mayor of Beijing
1999 – 2003
Succeeded by
Meng Xuenong
Preceded by
Qi Yuanqing
Minister of Metallurgical Industry of PRC
1993 – 1998
Succeeded by
Agency Defunct
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jia Qinglin
CPC Beijing Committee Secretary
2002 – 3 July 2012
Succeeded by
Guo Jinlong
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Greece Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki
President of Organizing Committee for Olympic Games
2008
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Sebastian Coe