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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Demonstrations in Tibet Autonomous Region in China

March 15, 2008

14 March 2008

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today
expressed concern about escalating tensions between protestors and
security forces in the Tibet Autonomous Region and surrounding areas
in China.

It is reported that some 60 monks were arrested on Monday 10 March in
Lhasa when they gathered for a peaceful demonstration. On Tuesday 11
March, Chinese police fired tear gas at approximately 600 monks who
protested in front of police headquarters in Lhasa to demand the
release of the monks arrested on Monday. Today there have been further
reports of violence, including deaths and destruction of property.

The High Commissioner urges the Government of China to allow
demonstrators to exercise their right to freedom of expression and
assembly, to refrain from any excessive use of force while maintaining
order, and to ensure those arrested are not ill-treated and are
accorded due process in line with international standards.
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