China Expels 5 American Protesters"
By SCOTT McDONALD
Associated Press Writer
China said Friday it has expelled five Americans who staged a protest against the Olympics on
Mount Everest to challenge Chinese rule over the mountainous region.
The five unfurled banners at a base camp of the world's highest mountain on the eve of an
announcement of the Olympic torch route for next summer's Olympic Games calling for an independent Tibet.
The Foreign Ministry said the five were detained for "carrying out illegal activities aimed at splitting
China" and that they had been expelled according to Chinese law.
An official for their group, Students for a Free Tibet, originally said four people were detained, but
later said a fifth person who was transporting videotape also had been held.
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China raps Dalai Lama for organising anti-Hu rallies on Tibet
China today rapped Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama for trying to "deceive" the world opinion
by staging protest rallies against President Hu Jintao's maiden visit to India and hoped that New Delhi would adhere to its commitments on Tibet.
"This is a negative effort made by the Dalai Lama in an attempt to deceive the international public opinion," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson,
Jiang Yu told reporters when asked to comment on anti-Hu rallies in India.
"Our position has been clear cut on this issue. Tibet has been a part of Chinese territory," she said.
Jiang noted that India has made an assurance to China that it will not allow Tibetans living in the country to engage in anti-China political activities from Indian territory.
"We attach importance and appreciate this statement by India and we also hope that India will honour its commitments on this issue," she said.
The spokeswoman also went on to rebut the Dalai Lama's allegation on religious persecution in Tibet.
"On the question of religion, China has also a clear position. Tibet is an internal affair of China and Chinese government attaches importance to the religious beliefs of Chinese citizens according to law," she said.
Activist Group Says China Holding Tibetan Children
By VOA News
10 October 2006
A Washington-based activist group says China is holding at least 10 children from a group of Tibetans who were
fired on by Chinese security forces near the Tibetan border with Nepal last month.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the International Campaign for Tibet quotes a British mountain climber and
several other witnesses who say they saw Chinese forces shoot at a group of about 70 Tibetans on Mount
Cho Oyu September 30. The Tibetans are said to have been trying to flee into Nepal.
China mum on film showing troops killing refugee
China has refused to comment about video footage showing Chinese troops killing an
unarmed Tibetan who was fleeing into Nepal, after earlier insisting the action was in self-defence.
"The competent authorities have already released information, I have no further information
for you as a spokesperson of the foreign ministry," Liu Jianchao told journalists at a regular briefing.
China's official Xinhua news agency admitted on Thursday of last week that its soldiers
killed one person and injured another near Mount Everest, but said they were acting in self-defence.
Xinhua said the soldiers tried to persuade the group to go back home "but the stowaways refused
and attacked the soldiers".
But a Romanian TV station on Saturday released a video that it said showed Chinese troops shooting
the two unarmed Tibetan refugees as they fled. The two were among a group of around 70 Tibetans
trying to flee into Nepal.
The footage, when aired inside China to the mainly foreign business and residential buildings that
have access to CNN, was repeatedly blacked out by China's censors today.
Tibet protesters train for Beijing '08
Posted: Tuesday October 17, 2006
In a remote tree-lined field in the shadow of the Indian Himalayas, a handful of students link arms,
chant slogans and burn a Chinese flag. Another, a bandana round his head, climbs a tree and unfurls the Tibetan colors.
"One world, one dream, free Tibet," they shout into the mountain air.
For once there are no police to contend with, no water cannons to dodge, no angry Chinese officials to confront.
This is a training exercise for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, but these students will not be competing.
Instead they aim to run a vociferous campaign against Chinese rule in Tibet and reinvigorate their campaign for independence.
"With the Olympics coming up, we will have a platform," said Lhadon Tethong, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet.
"The eyes of the world will be fixed for a moment on our enemy, our oppressor," said Tethong, born in Canada and whose father fled Tibet in the early 1950s as Chinese troops took control.
"This is an opportunity we can't miss," she said.
In the grounds of a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery, close to the Dharamsala headquarters of the Dalai Lama, more than 50 students are being trained by activists on how best to protest.
Analysts say the Communist country has been cracking down on dissent despite assurances by Beijing during its bid that allowing it to host the Olympics would help improve human rights in China.
Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 and over the ensuing decades sought to impose its own stamp on traditional Tibetan society, closing monasteries and restricting religious life.
The Dalai Lama and many thousands of followers fled into exile in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
Exclusive footage of Chinese soldiers shooting at Tibetan pilgrims
Romanian TV station releases video said to show Tibet shooting
The Associated Press
Published: October 14, 2006
BEIJING A Romanian TV station released a video Saturday that it said shows Chinese forces fatally
shooting a Tibetan refugee who was with a group of people trying to flee to Nepal in an incident that
prompted an international outcry.
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China: Nangpa La video shows border guards sharpshoot refugees
09:13 pm EST Oct 13, 2006
At first they said they didn't know. "I've seen the reports about this, but I've no knowledge of the specific
situation," Liu Jianchao, a ministry spokesman, told a news conference in Beijing about the shootings at
That's when the pictures showed up.
Only hours later, China admitted. But now they claimed self-defense. A Xinhua report said that the people
trying to cross the border attacked the soldiers, who were then "forced to defend themselves."
Tibetans, Westerners Describe Deadly Shooting at China-Nepal Border
By Radio Free Asia
KATHMANDU, Oct. 11, 2006 - Members of a group of 43 Tibetans have described their terrifying flight to
Nepal under deadly fire from Chinese border guards who took several dozen other Tibetans into custody,
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports.
UN Women’s Committee: Multiple Forms of Discrimination Faced by Tibetan Women
Phayul[Saturday, September 02, 2006 10:41]
By Ngawang C. Drakmargyapon
Phayul Special Correspondent
United Nations, Geneva, September 1 ? Last week at the UN’s headquarters in New York, the UN Committee
on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (CEDAW) said that in present-day China women, including
Tibetan women faced multiple forms of discrimination and called upon the Chinese authorities to take measures
to change the situation.
Adopting its conclusions and recommendations on China’s combined fifth and sixth reports which CEDAW
reviewed in two public meeting on 10 August, the Committee expressed concern about the disadvantaged
position of rural women with regard to access to education, health, employment, and participation in leadership
and land property. “It is also concerned at the situation of rural minority women, including Tibetan women, who
face multiple forms of discrimination based on sex, ethnic or cultural background and socio-economic status,”
the body said in a document dated 25 August.