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MYT 12:16:17 PM

U.N. rights body should take up Tibet crisis – group

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights council should address the crisis in Tibet, a rights group urged, as Beijing continued its propaganda blitz in the wake of more than two weeks of Tibetan protests in western China.

The Tibetan uprising and China’s response are at the centre of an international storm ahead of the Olympics in August.

U.S. President George W. Bush encouraged Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday to talk with the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader.

Hu said the monk must renounce support for independence of Tibet and Taiwan and stop encouraging violence and illegal activities aimed at harming the Olympics.

Human Rights Watch said Australia, the European Union, Switzerland and the United States raised human rights abuses in Tibet during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, but China blocked debate, backed by Algeria, Cuba, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

“The council has not only the right, but the obligation to address the Tibet crisis,” a statement quoted Juliette de Rivero, Geneva advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, as saying.

“It’s scandalous that the council ends up silencing those who are trying to make sure it does its job.”

The unrest began with peaceful marches by Buddhist monks in Lhasa more than two weeks ago. Within days, riots erupted in which non-Tibetan Chinese migrants were attacked and their property burned until security forces filled the streets.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency quoted “living Buddhas” condemning other monks, called lamas in Tibet, who participated in the March 14 upheaval.

“According to Buddhist karma, they cannot reincarnate after death because of the sin they have committed,” said Chubakang Tubdain Kaizhub, head of the Tibetan chapter of the Buddhist Association of China.

Protests have spread to parts of Chinese provinces that border Tibet and have large ethnic Tibetan populations.

China says 19 people were killed, at the hands of Tibetan mobs. The Tibetan government-in-exile says 140 died in Lhasa and elsewhere — most of them Tibetan victims of security forces.

A small group of foreign and Chinese reporters arrived in Lhasa on Wednesday, tightly supervised by Chinese authorities.

The Dalai Lama expressed surprise and said the visit would be good if reporters were given complete freedom.

“Only then you can assess the real situation,” he told reporters in New Delhi.


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  The Star Online > Worldupdates MYT 5:31:30 PMShops set on fire in Tibet unrest – Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) – Shops were set on fire in violence in Tibet’s capital of Lhasa on Friday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported after days of rare street protests in the contested region.

Witnesses said a number of shops were burnt, the report said.

Hundreds of people had taken to Lhasa’s streets again on Friday in defiance of Chinese authorities and despite a heavy police presence and reports of a lockdown on monasteries, according to other sources.

Chinese rule in the remote, Buddhist region has become a focus for critics ahead of the Beijing Olympics, with global marches this week to mark the 49th anniversary of a failed uprising against Communist rule spilling into Tibet itself.

“The police are everywhere,” said one cafe owner reached by phone in Lhasa. “There are big problems.”

On Friday, 300 to 400 residents and monks demonstrated in Lhasa, a source cited a witness as saying, capping a week of daily protests led by the Buddhist clergy, an echo of the anti-government protests that rocked neighbour Myanmar last year.

“Some are angry and some are scared. The security forces are checking houses to see if any monks are hiding,” said the source, who is in touch with Tibetan residents.

More than 10 monks had been arrested and tanks were patrolling the square near the Potala Palace, the person said, refering to one of the architectural wonders of the world, the one-time winter residence of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

This week’s shows of defiance are precisely what the Chinese government has been trying to avoid as it seeks to secure a stable environment for the Games, which open on Aug. 8.

The region has been periodically restive since Chinese troops invaded in 1950. Nine years later, the Dalai Lama staged a failed uprising against Chinese rule and fled into exile in India.

On Monday, 500 monks from the Drepung monastery marched in Lhasa. That was followed by action from monks at the Lhasa-area Sera and Ganden monasteries. Security personnel fired tear gas on at least one of the demonstrations, reports said.

The Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet said authorities had sealed off all three monasteries.

“All three monasteries are closed off to tourists,” the group said in a statement, citing tourism operators. “There is an intensified atmosphere of fear and tension in Tibet’s capital.”

The U.S.-government-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported monks from Sera were on a hunger strike, demanding withdrawal of Chinese paramilitary forces from the monastery compound and the release of monks detained earlier this week.

Two monks from Drepung were in critical condition after attempting suicide by slitting their wrists, RFA said.

The number of Tibetans detained could not be confirmed, but the watchdog groups said they expected government reprisals.

“There are indications that the authorities have begun a process of investigation in monasteries that could lead to detention and torture,” the International Campaign for Tibet said.

New York-based Human Rights Watch called on China, as well as Nepal and India, which have seen similar demonstrations, to release detained Tibetans.

“Peaceful demonstrations are protected under international and domestic laws and they should be permitted, not violently dispersed,” Sophie Richardson, the group’s Asia advocacy director, said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard)


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   MYT 9:31:37 AMClinton says U.S. should be forceful on TibetGREENSBURG, Penn. (Reuters) – The United States should be more forceful in speaking out against the violence in Tibet, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday, while declining to call for a boycott of the Olympic Games in China.”I think that what’s happening in Tibet is deeply troubling, and this is a pattern of the Chinese government with respect to their treatment of Tibet,” she told reporters after a campaign event in Pennsylvania.

“I don’t think we should wait until the Olympics to make sure that our views are known,” Clinton said, while saying she did not have an opinion now on whether the U.S. team should not go to the games.

Clinton said President George W. Bush’s administration should be more forceful about the Tibet issue.

“I think we should be speaking out through our administration now in a much more forceful way and, you know, supporting people in Tibet who are trying to preserve their culture and their religion from tremendous pressure by the Chinese.”

Reports on Tuesday said at least two people died in fresh protests in a Tibetan part of western China as authorities made arrests in Tibet’s capital Lhasa in an effort to reassert control over the region.

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European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering on Monday urged politicians to consider boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games to protest against China’s crackdown on demonstrations in Tibet in which dozens may have died.As the pressure builds in Lhasa, Tibetans and their supporters spread their protests to the European Council and the International Olympic Committee.These demonstrators on the streets of Brussels want to use the media attention on China to make their point about its administration of Tibet.At the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, Tibetans presented a demand to remove Tibet and Mount Everest from the route of the Olympic Torch.The protests coincide with a rally of more than 2,000 Tibetans from all over northeastern India in Dharamsala, the biggest rally in the area in years, where they demanded the United Nations investigate reports of killings of protesters in China.

– REUTERS

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Malaysia News.Net
Monday 24th March, 2008

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday urged the Chinese government to pursue a more sustainable policy toward Tibet.

Ms Rice wants China to meet with the Dalai Lama.

She said that negotiations with Tibet’s religious leader were the only way to reach a lasting solution.

At a news conference with India’s external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, Ms Rice said: ‘We are going to continue to encourage that dialogue because ultimately that is going to be the only policy that is sustainable in Tibet.’

Speaking to the same reporters, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said exiled Tibetans could carry on their religious activities in India.

Meanwhile, the Chinese state-owned press agency Xinhua has reported that a Chinese police officer has been killed in fresh rioting.

The Tibet Support Group says that two Tibetans were killed in the incident, which took place in the region of Garze in Sichuan province.

The population of Garze is predominantly Tibetan.

Many of them have already been detained by Chinese authorities for taking part in earlier demonstrations.

The exiled Tibetan government has announced a confirmed death toll of 130 from the clashes between Chinese authorities and protesters.

As pro-Tibet demonstrations gained pace in world centres, the Olympic flame for the conflict-ridden Beijing Olympics was lit on Monday at Olympia in Greece.

The lighting ceremony took place an hour before scheduled time at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece and was attended by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge.

Despite heavy security, the ceremony was infiltrated by pro-Tibetan protestors attempting to mar the build up to the Beijing Olympics.

Two pro-Tibet demonstrators carrying black flags ran onto the site while Beijing Communist Party Secretary Liu Qi, who also serves as the president of this year’s Olympics organising committee, was delivering a speech.

Police detained two men along with another Tibetan campaigner and a photographer who were outside the site.

Source: Malaysia News.net

 

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Times of IndiaWorld needs to know the truth about Tibet: Nancy Pelosi 21 Mar 2008, 1315 hrs IST,PTIDHARAMSHALA: Describing the situation in Tibet as a challenge to the “conscience of the world”, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on Friday asked all freedom loving people to speak out against China’s “oppression”.Arriving to a rousing welcome here, she said the US Congress will continue to meet the challenge of conscience that Tibet offers.“Situation in Tibet is a challenge to conscience of the world…the challenge we can help meet,” Pelosi said at a public reception accorded to her in this hill town of the majestic, snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain rangeThe Dalai Lama, the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile along with all members of the Tibetan parliament welcomed Pelosi and the nine members of the US Congress at the main Buddha temple here.Pelosi, who had a meeting with the Dalai Lama, said Tibetan struggle demanded the truth from China on the situation in Lhasa and other adjoining areas.“We insist that the world know what the truth is in Tibet.“If freedom loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China’s oppression in Tibet we have lost all moral authority to speak on Human Rights anywhere in the world,” said Pelosi, the third ranking official of the US.China, which has voiced its opposition to her meeting with the Dalai Lama, is understood to be closely watching her trip to Dharamshala.Pelosi was instrumental in the US’ decision last year to confer the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Medal, a top US civilian honour

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