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New report reveals intensified crackdown in Tibet as Olympics opens

August 6, 2008

ICT Press Release
August 5, 2008

Despite its promotion of a 'peaceful Olympics', China has intensified
its crackdown on Tibet this week following the most significant
uprising in nearly 50 years. The wave of mainly peaceful protests
against the Chinese government that has swept across Tibet since
March 10 is a result of more than half a century of Communist Party
misrule, revealing the breakdown of Beijing's Tibet policy at a time
when China seeks to convey an image of pre-Olympics harmony.

In order to hide its repression in Tibet, China has virtually sealed
off the entire plateau - despite promising increasing openness in the
buildup to the Olympics - and imposed a news blackout. A new report
to be published tomorrow by the International Campaign for Tibet,
'Tibet at a Turning Point: the Spring Uprising and China's New
Crackdown' provides evidence gathered at great risk of:

* The 'disappearance' and detention of hundreds of Tibetans,
including monks, nuns and schoolchildren, who are treated with
extreme brutality in custody

* Unarmed peaceful protestors who have been shot dead, and names of
those who have died following torture in prison or as a result of
suicide due to despair over the crackdown or being made to denounce
the Dalai Lama

* More than 125 protests across the Tibetan plateau - the
overwhelming majority non-violent. Tibetans have risked their lives
to demonstrate that the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama,
represents Tibetan interests, and not the Chinese state

* Sweeping new measures to purge monasteries of monks and ban worship
in the wake of the protests, revealing a systematic new attack on
Tibetan Buddhism led by Chinese leader Hu Jintao that is reminiscent
of the excesses of the Cultural Revolution

Mary Beth Markey, Vice President for Advocacy for the International
Campaign for Tibet, says: "Hu Jintao's leadership appears to have
chosen no other means than force and intimidation to restore control
in Tibet, and has imposed a brutal crackdown that owes more to the
political extremism and paranoia of the Maoist era than to a 21st
century would-be superpower. As a matter of urgency, world leaders
attending the Olympics must publicly express concern in Beijing about
the crackdown in Tibet and the hardline policies that led to the
spring uprising."

The International Campaign for Tibet is also pressing leaders to seek
from Beijing a full accounting of the more than one thousand Tibetans
whose status following the spring demonstrations in Tibet is unknown.

President Hu, whose rise to power is linked to his role as former
Party boss in Tibet, was involved in drafting the hardline policies
that led to Tibet's spring uprising. In order to resolve the
deepening crisis now, President Hu must be urged to engage directly
with the Dalai Lama - recognized by the world as the pre-eminent
representative of the Tibetan people - on Tibet's future.

Press can download the report now at: and it will be
available tomorrow for downloading at:

For advance copies of the report and further information, contact:
Kate Saunders, ICT
Tel: + 44 (0) 7947 138612
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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