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US 'deeply concerned' over Nepal arrests of Tibetan protesters

June 29, 2008

June 26, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The United States on Thursday said it was "deeply
concerned" over the arrest in Nepal of three Tibetan leaders, and
called for their immediate release.

"The United States is deeply concerned by the government of Nepal's
recent detention without charge of Tibetan community activists
Kelsang Chung, Ngawang Sangmo, and Tashi Dolma," State Department
spokesman Tom Casey said in a statement.

"We call for their immediate and unconditional release."

The ongoing "harsh treatment of peaceful protesters during their
arrests by the Nepali police is distressing," Casey said.

He added: "We understand and respect Nepal's national security
concerns and the importance of protecting diplomatic premises.

"We urge Nepal to ensure the humane treatment of peaceful protesters
and to adhere to its international human rights obligations as Nepal
continues on its path as a democratic nation."

Hundreds of Tibetan exiles were questioned Thursday after some 500
Tibetan protesters were detained Saturday after demonstrating outside
the Chinese embassy against the Olympic torch relay's visit to Tibet.

The same day police also arrested the three top Tibetan activists for
alleged anti-China activities in Nepal.

Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal recognizes Beijing's "One
China" policy that sees Tibet and Taiwan as integral parts of China.

Nepalese officials have repeatedly said no anti-China activity will
be allowed as they seek to preserve friendly ties with their giant
northern neighbor.

Nepal is home to about 20,000 exiled Tibetans who began arriving in
large numbers in 1959 after the Dalai Lama fled Tibet following a
failed uprising against the Chinese.
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