In 2003, HRIC launched a five-year campaign, "Incorporating Responsibility 2008" (IR2008). The campaign leveraged the international and domestic opportunities arising out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics’ commitments to promote equitable development, freedom of expression, and other human rights. The campaign’s specific goals were to: support domestic activists, expand China’s independent civil society space, and promote the Chinese government’s compliance with its Olympics promises and international human rights obligations. Through research, advocacy, and media work, IR2008 advanced concrete recommendations and engaged diverse stakeholders.
Specific resources produced during the campaign included:
HRIC’s work helped to raise international attention to these imprisoned rights defender cases, and issues such as press freedom, evictions, labor and minority rights, and June Fourth. However, the role of foreign companies in helping to build at least one Olympics legacy—an even more technologically sophisticated surveillance and monitoring system—will require ongoing attention.