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Statement of the Government of the Czech Republic on the current situation in Tibet

March 19, 2008

Emailed in by Aspirio | Sandra Pikorová
aspirio@aspirio.eu

17th March, 2008

The Government of the Czech Republic and the Czech public traditionally
place a high emphasis on the protection of human rights, fundamental
human freedoms, and the preservation of cultural and religious heritages
worldwide. Therefore the Government of the Czech Republic is observing
the situation in Tibet, which has claimed many lives and caused many
injuries, with deep concern. The Government denounces the violence
against those who have been coming to freely express their opinion and
demands that the violence be stopped immediately.

The Government of the Czech Republic demands that the non-violent
protestors arrested be released and that they not be exposed to humanly
undignified treatment.

The Government of the Czech Republic is asking the Government of the
People's Republic of China to allow free access to objective information
on the situation in Tibet. Most crucial to reaching this aim is allowing
representatives of independent media into the area and discontinuing the
censorship of information.

The Government of the Czech Republic appeals to the Government of the
People's Republic of China, that it not resort to a violent solution of
the situation after the end of the (Monday's) "ultimatum", but that it
be solved through dialogue in which it is desirable to invite H.H. Dalai
Lama.

Press Office of The Government of the Czech Republic

Unofficial translation (by Sandra Pikorova) according to the original
text at http://www.vlada.cz/scripts/detail.php?id=32785
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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