Manish Swarupi/AP
Police officers take away demonstrating Tibetans from outside the Chinese Embassy
in Katmandu, Nepal. (AP)

More Than 1,000 Tibetans Missing, Says Amnesty International

June 20, 2008 06:01 AM
by Liz Colville
Hundreds of Tibetans detained during protests against the Chinese government this spring remain “unaccounted for” amid reports of abuse.

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Ahead of the Olympic torch’s arrival in Tibet on June 21, the Asia-Pacific director of Amnesty International told the BBC that information from Tibet has painted “a dire picture of arbitrary detentions and abuse of detainees.” Official reports on the whereabouts and legal status of more than 1,000 detainees remain scanty.

Foreign journalists are not currently allowed into Tibet. Insiders are reporting a large number of raids on homes, monasteries and nunneries.

Protests began in Lhasa, Tibet, on March 10, beginning the worst stretch of violence in the country in 20 years. Led by Buddhist monks, the protests killed at least 19 and sparked more demonstrations along the path of the Olympic torch in the weeks that followed.

On June 18, nearly 600 Tibetan exiles in Nepal protested against China in Kathmandu and were also detained.

Headline Links: Missing Tibetans detained unlawfully

Background: Longstanding tension between Tibet and China

Opinions & Analysis: The Tibet-China conflict and the Olympic Games

Related Topics: More Tibetans detained in Kathmandu, China cuts torch time in Tibet

Reference: Focus on Tibet


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