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China Jails Four Tibetans

November 22, 2007

By VOA News
20 November 2007


China has jailed four Tibetans from three to 10 years on charges 
ranging from spying for foreign organizations to seeking independence 
for their homeland.

The official news agency, Xinhua, reports that three of the Tibetans 
were found guilty of spying and providing intelligence through 
photographs and discs to unnamed overseas organizations. Two were 
also charged with writing and distributing flyers that promoted 
Tibet's independence. One was sentenced after publicly voicing 
support for the Dalai Lama.

Xinhua says the four will be deprived of political rights for several 
years after their release. Those restrictions could affect their 
ability to travel and limit their circle of friends and associates.

The India-based Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy issued 
a statement expressing its "shock and condemnation" over the swift 
and extremely harsh sentences for the four men.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India in 1959. China accuses him of 
seeking independence for his homeland - a charge he repeatedly denies.

China has ruled Tibet since 1951, after sending in troops a year 
earlier.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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