[permaculture] BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Amnesty seeks 'missing' Tibetans

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Wed Jun 18 22:28:37 EDT 2008

Page last updated at 21:01 GMT, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 22:01 UK
Amnesty seeks 'missing' Tibetans
Tibetan exiles hold white roses with a message supporting peace in Tibet in Katmandu, Nepal, on 13 June.
Tibetan exiles say scores were killed by Chinese troops in March

More than 1,000 Tibetans detained during protests against the Chinese government in March remain unaccounted for, 
Amnesty International says.

In a report, the human rights group said there were reports that detainees had been beaten and deprived of food.

Ahead of the Olympic torch relay through Tibet, Amnesty asked China to "shine some light" on the situation.

China says rioters killed at least 19 people. Tibetan exiles say security forces killed dozens of people.

The anti-China protests led by Buddhist monks - the worst in the region in 20 years - began in Lhasa on 10 March.

After the riots, pro-Tibetan protesters threw China's global Olympic torch relay into disarray as it passed through 
several cities, including London, Paris and San Francisco.

Hundreds of raids

Olympic organisers in Beijing have confirmed that the torch will reach Tibet on Saturday.

A planned three-day stay there has been cut to one day because of schedule adjustments linked to last month's Sichuan 
earthquake in China, they said.


With the torch relay about to enter Tibetan areas, this should be an opportunity to shine some light on the situation there

Sam Zarifi

The relay will run through the main city, Lhasa, the centre of the anti-China protests.

Announcing the update report, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Director Sam Zarifi said the information coming out 
of Tibet painted "a dire picture of arbitrary detentions and abuse of detainees".

Official reports only provide information on a small number of those who have been sentenced after questionable trials, 
Amnesty said.

It said that , with foreign journalists still not allowed into Tibet, reports coming through friends and family members 
to the media and Tibetan organisations suggested that police had carried out hundreds of raids on monasteries, nunneries 
and private homes.
Tibet: Protests began in Lhasa on 10 March, dozens reported dead over weekend
Gansu: Unrest spread to Machu, where Tibetan government in exile says 19 died, and near Hezuo, where protesters were 
filmed tearing down Tibetan flag
Sichuan: Reports of riots and casualties in Aba, and of unrest in other locations
Qinghai: Other unrest reported

Key events and places

"Those who dare to find ways of sending information to foreign media or human rights organisations regarding protests 
and arrests, risk arrest and imprisonment," Amnesty said.

"With the torch relay about to enter Tibetan areas, this should be an opportunity to shine some light on the situation 
there," Amnesty's Sam Zarifi said.

Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has appealed for Tibetans not to protest during the Olympic Torch visit to the 

The leader of Tibet's government-in-exile said recently he was fully supportive of the Games beginning in August, and 
therefore the torch.

Beijing says the Dalai Lama incited the March violence. He denies this and accuses the government of human rights abuses.

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The Tibet issue: China's view
The Tibet issue: Tibetan view
Q&A: China and Tibet
Key places and events
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Amnesty seeks 'missing' Tibetans

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