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UN urges 'humane treatment' for Tibet, Xinjiang detainees

August 31, 2009

Indopia
August 28, 2009

Geneva, Aug 28 (AFP) -- The United Nations today urged China to
guarantee"humane treatment"and offer fair trials to those held over
last year&aposs unrest in Tibet and July&aposs violence in Xinjiang.

This included granting the detainees"access to a lawyer of their
choice, presumption of innocence, and handing down proportionate
sentences on those found guilty,"the UN Committee on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination said after considering China&aposs record.

China had said during the UN hearing held on August 7 and 10 that it
has released 1,231 people held over the Tibet unrest after they
were"punished, made to submit statements of repentance and educated
by judicial authorities in Tibet."

Seventy-seven others have been charged with serious offences such as
burglary, arson and obstruction of justice, while seven others were
charged with espionage.

Beijing added that 718 people were still held over the violence in
Xinjiang, with around 83 people facing charges of serious crimes,
such as murder, arson and robbery.

In its conclusions published today, the UN committee acknowledged
China&aposs duty to maintain public order in the face of the unrest,
but said it was"concerned"at allegations of the disproportionate use
of force against ethnic Tibetans and Uighurs.
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