Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tibetan Chinese Relations

Beijing imposes crackdown in Tibet, exiles say

Reuters India — Tibet's government-in-exile appealed to Beijing on Saturday to end what it said was a Chinese crackdown on fresh protests in the troubled region.
A statement by Tibet's exiled cabinet, the Kashag, said:
"The Kashag strongly deplore the recent arbitrary arrest, detention and torture (that has) taken place ... for the slightest peaceful expression of their (Tibetans) aspirations or resentments."
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Tibet clergy warned against protest

Aljazeera — Buddhist clergy in Tibet have been warned not to take part in any political activity in the run-up to the anniversary of last year's massive protests against Chinese rule.
The warning from Lobsang Gyaincain, a member of the Chinese communist party's regional standing committee, came in the wake of a reported crackdown earlier this week on Tibetan protesters in Lithang, a volatile traditionally Tibetan region in China's Sichuan province.
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Revised Tibetan Buddhists constitution says no to separatism — Tibetan Buddhists revised their association constitution Wednesday, calling on lamas and nuns to safeguard social stability, abide by the law and not to participate in separatist activities.
The revision was unanimously endorsed at the annual congress of the region's Buddhist association which began Monday and closed Wednesday.
Monks and nuns should "safeguard social stability, the socialist legal system and fundamental interests of the people", and should "consciously keep themselves away" from separatist activities and illegal demonstrations that impair social order, the new constitution said.
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