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Human Rights Watch Urges Nepal to Stop Arrests of Tibetans


A human rights group says police in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, continue to arbitrarily arrest, detain and mistreat Tibetans protesting China's alleged abuses in Tibet.

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch issued a statement Sunday on the situation in Nepal, calling it a violation of Tibetans' rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

Demonstrations in Kathmandu began on March 10th, when Tibetans worldwide commemorate the failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

Human Rights Watch says that, since then, more than 25-hundred Tibetans, including several journalists, have been arrested in Nepal for protesting peacefully, or simply because they appeared to be Tibetan.

The rights group says it has documented ill-treatment of many Tibetans in detention, including beatings, denial of access to medical care, unnecessary and excessive force during arrests and sexual assault of Tibetan women.

Nepal, which is home to the second-largest community of exiled Tibetans after India, has long provided some security to Tibetans seeking refuge from religious, political and cultural persecution in Tibet.

But in recent years, it has come under increasing pressure to halt what Beijing sees as "anti-Chinese" activities.

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