More than 300 people, including members of the Reporters Without Borders Canadian section, parliamentarians and a former Canadian government minister, gathered outside the Chinese embassy in Ottawa yesterday to demand more freedom in China before the start of the Olympic Games.Chinese pro-democracy activists demonstrated outside the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles on 7 August, unfurling a large sheet showing the Reporters Without Borders design of Olympic rings as handcuffs. A Reporters Without Borders supporter climbed the facade of a building opposite the embassy and hung one of the organisation’s “Beijing 2008″ campaign flags. Parts of a radio programme which Reporters Without Borders broadcast clandestinely this morning in Beijing were played over a loudspeaker. ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation News Reporters Without Borders representatives including its secretary-general, Rafael Jiménez Claudín, gathered outside the Chinese embassy in Madrid and tried to hand in a letter calling for the release of imprisoned Chinese journalists. An employee refused to take the letter, calling Reporters Without Borders an “enemy of the Chinese people.” In comments to journalists, Jiménez Claudín responded that “the main enemies of the Chinese people are certain leaders who (…) do not recognise civil liberties.” In London, Reporters Without Borders activists joined members of pro-Tibet groups and Chinese pro-democracy activists in a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy. August 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Worldwide protests, including outside Chinese embassy in Paris, to coincide with Olympic Games opening ceremony ChinaAsia – Pacific Despite a large police presence, the demonstrators were able to gather outside Le Fouquet’s restaurant at the corner of Avenue Champs-Élysées and Avenue George V, from where they marched without incident to the corner of Rue de la Trémoille and Avenue George V, opposite the Chinese embassy. News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on China Receive email alerts to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more In Italy, Reporters Without Borders staged a demonstration yesterday outside the town hall of Rome’s 4th district. Another demonstrations was held today outside the Palace of the Province, with many journalists looking on. The demonstrators began unfurling the Reporters Without Borders flag, showing the Olympic rings as handcuffs, on the facade of a building until they were stopped by the police. Exiled Chinese dissidents, leading human rights activists and members of the Tibetan community were among those who participated in a Reporters Without Borders demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Washington DC. They also included US congressman Thaddeus McCotter, who is a staunch supporter of press freedom, and North Korean dissident Jin Jae-Ho, who has been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest against China’s treatment of North Korean refugees. Reporters Without Borders hails the protests by human rights activists in capitals around the world today as the Olympic Games opening ceremony was taking place in Beijing. “The presence of thousands of demonstrators proves that the issue of respect for human rights continues to be at the heart of the Beijing Games,” the press freedom organisation said. “We appeal to the Chinese authorities to release political prisoners and to undertake to carry out concrete improvements in respect for rights and freedoms while the games are taking place,” the organisation added. “It is not too late.”In response to a call from Reporters Without Borders, the 2008 Games China Collective, pro-Tibet groups, members of the China Democracy Party and representatives of the Burmese and Vietnamese communities, several hundred demonstrators marched in Paris from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. today to condemn human rights violations in China.The Paris police had issued orders forbidding any demonstration near the Chinese embassy, but a Paris court quashed the orders this morning at the request of Reporters Without Borders. RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber Censorship Figures “The presence of thousands of demonstrators proves that the issue of respect for human rights continues to be at the heart of the Beijing Games,” the press freedom organisation said. News Around 100 people took part in a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Berlin. Diplomats inside saw the demonstrators march by. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes
UK defined contribution (DC) pension schemes are struggling to find the right form of measurement to assess their effectiveness, according to Aon’s latest survey, How do you Measure up? UK Defined Contribution Pension Survey 2020.The study, which looked at more than 200 UK DC schemes, covering more than half a million members and £50bn (€59.5bn) in assets, showed that respondents want to offer competitive, ‘good value’ DC schemes – with most wanting to do more than the minimum level required – but many are not measuring whether they are succeeding in meeting their objectives.John Foster, principal consultant at Aon, said: “While it’s right that there has been a strong focus on what is being paid into DC schemes, it’s vital that the focus is not just on the short term but just as strong on what the outcome will be.“We have been actively helping sponsors and trustees of DC schemes to set objectives aligned to individual member needs as well as meeting the employer’s strategic goals.” Key findings include:More schemes aim to benchmark contribution rates against thier peers, than aim to deliver sufficient funds for employees to retire;One in three schemes do not measure progress against their objectives;65% of respondents do not know the projected outcome for a typical pension scheme member;Just 25% of employers consider pension outcomes in the context of future workforce planning;One in three trust-based and one in five contract-based schemes plan to move to a master trust structure in the next five years;65% of respondents said they would like to spend more time communicating with employees on pensions.Foster said it is essential to “make sure that there are robust measures in place to be able to check progress against these objectives and to identify where resources can be best focused”.He added, however, that at the moment “we feel that the measurement process is rather hit and miss and doesn’t actively demonstrate value”.Jo Sharples, partner and head of DC investment proposition at Aon, believes there could be value in moving into a master trust structure.“Many schemes are moving to a master trust structure to help with their aim of delivering better member outcomes. We believe that this could help them to free up time and resource to focus on retirement adequacy or for the master trust providers themselves to pick up on the adequacy challenge,” she said.She added: “It is imperative that those running pension schemes understand the areas where they can really add value and which areas could better be delivered through a professional third party.”Retirement standardsThe recent launch by the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) of its Retirement Living Standards, has highlighted the progress that many DC schemes need to make, and it is generally clear that the industry has a long way to go to reach the PLSA’s aim of 90% of schemes using targets to help members understand how much they need to fund their retirement.Steven Leigh, senior consultant at Aon, said: “The PLSA’s Retirement Living Standards is a great initiative to get people thinking about how much they really need to be able to retire in the way and at the time they would choose. However, it also important to remember that a DC pension will not be the only source of income in retirement for most.”Aon is working with schemes to help their members understand the entirety of their likely retirement wealth, which could include the state pension, pensions from previous employment and other savings so that they can see how much they will actually need to aim for from their current DC scheme, he explained.“The forthcoming pensions dashboard could provide an industry-wide solution for the pensions savings aspect, but until then the onus is on individual schemes or employers to provide an holistic view of likely income in retirement,” he said.