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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

'If India can speak up against Pakistan, why not against China?'

April 17, 2008

Rediff, India
April 16, 2008

T Kumar is the international human rights body Amnesty International's
director, advocacy, for Asia. As one of Amnesty International's
representatives in Washington, Kumar, who has been watching the Tibet
unrest unfold, is trying to impress upon the Bush administration to urge
China to give the United Nations and international journalists access to

"We also want (the United States) President George W Bush to visit Tibet
when he is there in Beijing to enjoy the Olympics," he says.

In a telephone interview with Krishnakumar, he speaks about what China
should do to gain a good human rights image before the Olympics, India's
role in the issue and the direction that the unrest may take in the future.

As someone who is observing the issue closely, can you tell us what
really is happening in Tibet and about the protests around the world?

In Tibet, since independent observers and international journalists are
not allowed to enter, it is very difficult to assess what the situation
is. According to the information we are getting from inside Tibet and
China, the situation has calmed down a little bit now. But the Chinese
crackdown is still very much on.

The general situation for Tibetans and Tibet is tense and there is an
intense crackdown against peaceful activities. China may be doing this
to keep everything under wraps. Even on Sunday (April 13), there were
reports that China had detained nine monks.
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