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Rights Group: China UN Human Rights Report Whitewashes Abuse བོད་སྐད།


Rights group Amnesty International is criticizing a new Chinese government report to the U.N. on human rights, and accuses China of whitewashing serious abuses that are being committed across the country.

China has submitted the report to the United Nations ahead of its Universal Periodic Review on human rights, which is scheduled to take place next Monday at the world body's headquarters in New York.

Amnesty says that while China has made progress in certain areas of human rights, including advances related to its legal system, the report omits any reference to an ongoing crisis in Tibet.

The group says China's report also fails to mention some of its most pressing issues such as its system of administrative detention, through which several hundred thousand may be incarcerated without trial or access to a lawyer.

China says it is making progress toward improving human rights and will continue to do so in the future.

Amnesty notes, however, that China's report fails to mention that just last month Beijing began another crackdown campaign in Tibet. The campaign included what China says were investigative raids of residential areas, rented rooms, and hotels. Already 81 have been arrested including two for having reactionary songs on their mobile phones.

Chinese authorities say the campaign was launched to crackdown on criminal activities.

Tibet's government-in-exile says the crackdown appears to be aimed at intimidating Tibetans ahead of the 50th anniversary of a crushed independence uprising in March of 1959.

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