As the United Nations prepares to hold hearings on
China, the Tibetan government in exile has submitted a report detailing alleged
cases of Chinese torture against Tibetans.
The report says China has
violated an international torture convention through the widespread use of
physical and mental torture against Tibetans as an instrument of political
The Indian-based government in exile submitted the report this
week to the U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva for consideration ahead of
the hearings in early November.
The report says 218 Tibetans were killed
and nearly 7,000 were detained during China's crackdown on Tibetan protests that
began in March. It provides details of alleged cases of torture of Tibetans by
Chinese authorities in
China has not acknowledged any deaths of Tibetan
civilians at the hands of security forces. But Chinese authorities say Tibetan
rioters killed 22 people. Dozens of people accused of involvement in the riots
were given jail sentences ranging from years to life in prison.
to the Tibetan government in exile report, hundreds of monks are still being
detained in Qinghai province and the whereabouts of many other detainees are
Several human rights groups also have submitted reports to the
Committee Against Torture ahead of the November sessions on China.
week, London's Daily Telegraph
published excerpts of what the newspaper
said were questions from the committee about China's handling of the Tibetan
protests. The questions include requests for China to provide more information
about Tibetan detainees, sentencing and deaths during the crackdown.