Monday, July 26, 2010

China used force at Tibetan protests: Rights group

Washington Post Foreign Service, BEIJING -- The New York-based group Human Rights Watch, in a report released Wednesday, said Chinese security forces used "disproportionate force" against peaceful, unarmed protesters and "acted with deliberate brutality" in suppressing widespread rioting in Tibet in March 2008.

The 73-page report accuses the security forces of engaging in "a pattern of deliberate brutality" against the protesters, and then systematically torturing detainees in prison while seeking evidence that exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was behind the uprising. Human Rights Watch accused China of violating international law in quelling the protests.

"The scale of human rights violations related to suppressing the protests was far greater than previously believed," the report concludes. It also says "violations continue, including disappearances, wrongful convictions and imprisonment, persecution of families, and the targeting of people suspected of sympathizing with the protest movement."

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