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Rights Group Calls For Release of Tibetan Monk

Human Rights Watch has called on China to release the Tibetan monk Sonam, who they say was detained for political reasons.

The rights organization said in a statement Saturday that Sonam was arrested around August 21st and taken away from the Potala Palace in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa in an unmarked vehicle.

The statement said Sonam was seized during a heightened security alert, just before September first, when China celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region. It said there have been reports that two other monks were seized at the same time Sonam was, but those reports have not been confirmed.

China has not commented on the case of Sonam.