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Letter: Repression in Tibet

July 8, 2010

The New York Times
July 2, 2010

To the Editor:

Re "Tibetans Fear Philanthropist’s Ordeal Shows
Broadening of Crackdown" (news article, June 24):

China’s brutal arrest of Karma Samdrup, a
42-year-old Tibetan philanthropist whose crime
was trying to save his brothers from labor camp
and torture, reveals more than Beijing’s
continued repression. It highlights the existence
of a small segment of Chinese dissidents who have
unique resources to publicize their message.

Another famous example is Rebiya Kadeer, a highly
successful Uighur businesswoman who spent six
years behind bars for championing the rights of
her people, and now lives in exile in the United
States. Zhang Xin, a Chinese tycoon, may not
qualify as a dissident, but has posted on Twitter
on justice and human rights and spoken publicly of her Bahai principles.

Chinese advocates of human rights with the
greatest ability to succeed should be identified
and supported by the international community.
It’s a smart investment that would ultimately benefit the population at large.

Hillel C. Neuer
Executive Director, U.N. Watch
Geneva, June 28, 2010

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