Liu Qi (politician)
Liu Qi (simplified Chinese: 刘淇; traditional Chinese: 劉淇; pinyin: Liú Qí; born November 1942 in Wujin, Changzhou, Jiangsu) is the CPC Beijing Committee Secretary, first-in-charge of Beijing, and also a member of the CPC Politburo. He was the President of the Beijing Olympics Organizing Committee.
Biography and Career
- Graduated from Beijing 101 Middle School and the Metallurgical Department of Beijing Institute of Iron and Steel Engineering, and majored in iron smelting. With a postgraduate education, Liu holds the professional title of Senior Engineer.
- Mayor of Beijing, 1999-2003. He was succeeded by Meng Xuenong, who was replaced by Wang Qishan after the SARS outbreak.
- Head of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee (BOBICO).
- Named as one 100 most influential people of 2007 by Time magazine.
Subject of Human Rights Litigation
On February 7, 2002, Liu was sued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California  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. The court issued a declaratory judgment that Liu was responsible for violating the defendants' rights to be free from torture and arbitrary detention. However, because Liu did not defend the suit, there were no hearings, trial, or findings of fact on the issues presented.
- http://22.214.171.124/eolympic/bid/team/team1.html Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee's About Us page
- The TIME 100: Liu Qi, By Simon Elegant
- Anthee Carassava, Protesters disrupt Olympic flame lighting, International Herald Tribune, March 24, 2008.
- Doe v. Liu Qi, 349 F. Supp. 2d 1258 (N.D. Cal. 2004).
- Id. at 1267.
- Id. at 1334.
|Mayor of Beijing
1999 – 2003
|Party political offices|
|CPC Beijing Committee Secretary
2002 – 3 July 2012
|President of Organizing Committee for Olympic Games
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