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Dharamsala Welcome Tibet Opening, but Urges Restrain

June 29, 2008

TibetNet
June 27, 2008

Dharamshala, June 27 - "We would welcome the opening of Tibet to
foreign tourists and the reported release of over 1000 Tibetans
arrested following the recent wide spread unrest in the 'Tibet
Autonomous Region' and outlying Tibetan areas," said Kalon Kesang Y
Takla, Kalon for the Department of Information and International of
the Central Tibetan Administration.

Kalon Takla said: "At the same time, according to reliable reports,
to our dismay, those detained face severe toruture and ill-treatment
at the hands of prison officials reportedly with a view to extracting
confession."

She said: "We would therefore strongly urge the Chinese authorities
to exercise restraint in dealing with those allegedly involved in the
recent protests and demonstrations and give a fair trial to those
being accused."

"Further, we also request for provision of adequate medical
facilities to the injured Tibetans, including those living in remote,
rural areas," she added.

China's state media reported Wednesday that Tibet has re-opened to
foreign tourists after a gap of more than three months.

Tibetans have protested and continue to protest against the Chinese
government's repressive policies by staging peaceful demonstrations
in many parts of the three traditional provinces of Tibet. The
violent clampdown by the Chinese government resulted in hundreds of
Tibetans dead, thousands arrested and injured.

China's official Xinhua news agency reported last week that Chinese
government has released 1,157 people, who were charged with minor
offences. The Chinese government also claimed that defendants from
minority ethnic groups were provided with interpreters at court
sessions, which ensured their rights.

A few days before the Chinese government's release of arrested
Tibetans, London-based rights group, Amnesty International, reported
over a thousand people detained without charge in the 'Tibet
Autonomous Region' and the neighbouring Tibetan areas.

The report said hundreds of people languish in Chinese prisons for
peacefully expressing their opinions, in appalling conditions and
without their relatives even knowing where they are.
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