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Dalai Lama's tip for Olympics

March 28, 2008

New Delhi, 27/03/2008 (AP) - The world should use the Beijing Olympics
as an opportunity to remind China of its human rights record, the Dalai
Lama said. But he stopped short of calling for a boycott of the Summer

"To be a good Olympics host, China must improve their records in the
field of human right and religious freedom and environment," the Tibetan
leader told NDTV, a private Indian news channel, in an interview to be
broadcast on Friday. "It is very logical, very reasonable."

A transcript of the interview was provided by NDTV.

Violent protests in Tibet and other parts of China have cast a spotlight
on Beijing's rights record in the Himalayan region, and shattered
China's hopes for a peaceful run-up to the Olympics.

The Chinese government says 22 people died in violence that began March
14, while Tibetan exiles say the violence and a harsh crackdown
afterward left nearly 140 people dead.

Beijing has pinned the blame for the violence on the Dalai Lama and said
he was trying to sabotage the Olympics. The Dalai Lama has denied the
accusation and threatened to resign as leader of the Tibetan
government-in-exile if violence goes out of control.

The Dalai Lama said the world community should remind China about its
record in human rights, religious freedom, the environment and Tibet.

"These we must remind them of," he said.

The recent protests, which began on the anniversary of a 1959 uprising
against Chinese rule, have been China's biggest challenge in the region
in almost two decades.

Over the centuries, Tibet was at times part of China's dynastic empires.
Communist forces invaded the region in 1950 to reclaim the Himalayan region.
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