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Celebrating Olympic Torch Will Not Gloss Over The Situation In Tibet

June 23, 2008

Amnesty International India
Tibetan Solidarity Committee
June 21, 2008


As the Olympic torch relay travels to Lhasa today, Amnesty
International India and Tibetan Solidarity Committee urge the Chinese
government to provide information about the over 5,500 people
detained during the protests last March and call for their immediate
release. As China goes on to be the proud host of Olympics, we would
urge the Chinese government to cease further arbitrary arrests and
respect the fundamental rights of the Tibetan people to freedom of
expression, opinion and belief. We hope that the media delegation
visiting Lhasa to cover the Olympic torch relay get free and open
access to all sites including the monasteries, Ramoche Temple and
Barkhor square.

The world was witness to the inhuman Chinese crackdown following the
unprecedented series of mass protest by the Tibetans in Tibet, which
started on March 10, 2008 to mark the 49th Anniversary of the Tibetan
Uprising Day. The crackdown has resulted in 209 Tibetans killed, more
than 1000 injured and 5972 arrested. Sporadic protests with reports
of torture and arbitrary arrests are still being reported from Tibet.

In a related incident, Nepalese police arrested three leaders of the
Tibetan community in Kathmandu from their houses and took them into
police custody on June 19, 2008 with 90 days in prison under a public
security offence linked to local protests against the Chinese
government crackdown in Tibet. The three leaders, 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, are being held
in two different prisons in Kathmandu.

We are deeply concerned with the arrests and brutal treatment meted
out to the Tibetan protestors in Nepal and would like to appeal to
the government of Nepal to respect the fundamental rights of the
Tibetan people in Nepal.
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