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China pressuring Nepal over Tibet: rights group

July 27, 2008

ABC Radio Australia
July 25, 2008

China has rejected accusations that it has put pressure on
authorities in Nepal to use excessive force and arbitrary arrest
against hundreds of Tibetan protesters.

Human Rights Watch says Nepal is turning the screws on peaceful
Tibetan protesters at the behest of China, with its police using
force, sexual assault and threats of deportation to China against the

Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, has seen almost daily anti-China protests
since unrest erupted on March 14 in the Tibetan capital Lhasa against
Chinese rule.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao says while Beijing
appreciates its neighbours not allowing anti-China actions on their
soil, they are not pressurised to do so.

Nepal is home to at least 20,000 Tibetans.
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