Art Of Peace Offers Music For Olympians
August 5, 2008 at 10:35 AM (PT)
THE ART OF PEACE FOUNDATION announced today that tracks from their upcoming album, "Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace," have been available as a free download to Olympic athletes worldwide. The move is a response to what THE FOUNDATION asserts is CHINA's non-compliance in adopting fundamental norms and values of the international community, including unfettered media access and improved human rights conditions for its citizens.
"First and foremost, we hope the athletes are inspired by the music, but the initiative also draws attention to the lack of fundamental freedoms for those under Chinese rule, including Tibetans," ART OF PEACE FOUNDATION Exec. Dir. MICHAEL WOHL said. "We began contacting athletes as soon as the album was done. We knew once the athletes were in BEIJING, ‘The Great Firewall of CHINA’ might prevent accessibility to downloads."
Athletes at Olympic venues could in theory be forced out of the Olympics and have their medals revoked for expressing dissatisfaction with this non-compliance and criticism about CHINA’s treatment of TIBET. "We support the Olympics, the athletes and the accomplishments of the Chinese citizens in hosting the Olympics," WOHL said. "If Olympic athletes cannot speak their conscience, however, the Chinese government is treating Olympic athletes like modern day gladiators to be used for sport and entertainment. One can't support the Olympics while denying athletes their fundamental freedom of speaking the truth."
Programmers can download tracks by clicking here.