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Rights Group Calls for Release of Arrested Tibetans in Nepal

June 22, 2008

Tibet Custom (UK)
June 20 2008 @ 08:36 am BST

Dharamshala -- A Washington, DC-based human rights group has called
on the international community to take urgent actions against Nepal
government's brutal treatment of Tibetans living in Nepal, who have
been staging peaceful protests against Chinese armed forces' ruthless
killing of Tibetan protestors in Tibet since 10 March.

The urgent call from the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) came
in the wake of the arrest of three Tibetan community leaders in Nepal
- Kelsang Chung, Director of the United Nations-funded Tibetan
Refugee Reception Center, and Ngawang Sangmo and Tashi Dolma,
president and vice president of the regional Tibetan Women's Association.

According to media reports they are arbitrarily from their homes
Thursday and are being held in two different prisons in Kathmandu.

"We call for the immediate release of these three prominent
Tibetans," said Mary Beth Markey, Vice President of Advocacy at the
International Campaign for Tibet.

According to CNN, Nepalese authorities Thursday detained at least 650
Tibetan exiles protesting against China's policies.

"These arrests are deeply disturbing at a time of transition to a new
government in Nepal, when Tibetans, already vulnerable in Nepal, are
very nervous about Chinese government influence and presence in
Kathmandu," said Markey.
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