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Dalai Lama Denounces China for `Gross' Rights Abuses in Tibet

March 12, 2008

March 10 (Bloomberg) -- The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader,
accused China of ``unimaginable and gross'' human rights violations on
the 49th anniversary of his escape after a failed uprising against
Chinese rule in the Himalayan region.

``In Tibet, repression continues to increase with numerous
unimaginable and gross violations of human rights, denial of religious
freedom and politicization of religious issues,'' the Dalai Lama told
supporters in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala, where he heads
a government in exile.

The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 to campaign for religious freedom
and self-rule. Tibetans believe he is the reincarnation of
Avalokitsevara, the Buddha of Compassion.

China's policy of ``population transfer'' has reduced native Tibetans
to an ``insignificant minority'' in their own country and the
language, customs and traditions of Tibet are gradually fading away,
the Dalai Lama said, according to an e- mailed copy of his speech.
Tibetans are being assimilated into the larger Chinese population, he
said.

``These are major obstacles the Chinese government deliberately puts
in the way of its policy of unifying nationalities which discriminate
between the Tibetan and Chinese people,'' he said. ``I urge the
Chinese government to bring an immediate halt to such policies.''

The Dalai Lama, 72, was recognized at the age of two after identifying
a rosary and other articles belonging to his predecessor, according to
the official Web site of Tibet's government-in-exile.

Panchen Lama

China appointed Tibet's second-highest religious leader, the Panchen
Lama, in 1995 over the objections of the Dalai Lama. Tibet's
government-in-exile said the real Panchen Lama was imprisoned the same
year by China at the age of six.

A ``comprehensive approach'' must be adopted to resolve the Tibetan
problem to benefit all the parties rather than one, the Dalai Lama
said.

Tibetan envoys have held talks with Chinese officials six times since
2002 on the fundamental issue of autonomy and ``there has been no
concrete result at all,'' he said.

The Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing in August, upholds freedom of
speech, expression, equality and friendship, the Dalai Lama said.

``Besides sending their athletes, the international community should
remind the Chinese government on these issues,'' he said in his
statement.

In Nepal, hundreds of Tibetan activists clashed with police when they
tried to march to the Chinese embassy, Agence France- Presse said,
citing a reporter in the capital, Kathmandu.

At least two police officers and three protesters were injured, AFP said.
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