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Rights Group Claims China Detains Tibetan Protesters བོད་སྐད།

A human rights group says China has detained two Tibetan women for demonstrating in support of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

The International Campaign for Tibet says a Buddhist nun and another woman were detained Thursday in southwest China's Sichuan province. It says the whereabouts of the two women are unknown. The advocacy group identified the women as Jampa Lhamo, a 36-year-old nun, and Pema Yangzom, who is in her 20s. It said the names were provided by three sources but did not identify those sources

The Washington-based rights group says the women were handing out leaflets and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. They had also called for religious freedom and the release of Tibetan prisoners.

Tensions have been growing ahead of Tuesday's 50th anniversary of Chinese rule over Tibet and next week's first anniversary of protests against Chinese rule.