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Report Reopens Questions on Tibet Crackdown

July 23, 2010

Shai Oster
The China Realtime Report
The Wall Street Journal (USA)
July 22, 2010

Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese authorities of
using disproportionate force and "acting with
deliberate brutality” in the aftermath of
antigovernment protests in Tibet two years ago,
in a report likely to reignite debate over Chinese rule of the region.

Human Rights Watch said its findings in the new
report released today were based on interviews
with some 200 people and official sources of information.

The police crackdown started after March 10, 2008
protests against Chinese rule turned into violent
riots in Lhasa and other parts of Tibet and
neighboring provinces. Officials said some 21
people were killed. Tibetan activists put the toll much higher.

After the protests, the government strictly
limited outsiders’ access to Tibet, for example,
only allowing a handful of foreign reporters in
on tightly scripted government-run trips.

Researchers on the report say they were unable to
confirm either version’s death toll because of the restricted access.

But they said their interviews revealed a
widespread pattern of abuse and mistreatment of
prisoners and called on Chinese authorities to
reveal the total number of people detained, and
release those still being held without charge.

Authorities have repeatedly defended their
actions, saying they were acting within the law
to prevent looting from getting out of hand, and
have denied accounts they used deadly force in responding to protests.
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