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Tibetans End Hunger Strike in New York - 2004-05-04

Tibetans protesting China's policies in the province say they have ended a hunger strike that lasted 32 days.

Two hunger strikers living on mattresses in front of U-N headquarters in New York City called off the protest after a visit by a senior U-N official for humanitarian affairs Carolyn McCaskie.

A third Tibetan in the hunger strike collapsed on Friday and was hospitalized. Officials later reported her to be in stable condition.

The protesters demanded the United Nations re-open the debate on the human rights situation in Tibet, appoint a special envoy to investigate religious and political freedoms in Tibet and pressure China to release high-profile political prisoners. The Tibetan Youth Congress organized the strike.

Last week, the U-S State Department and members of Tibet's parliament in exile had expressed concern for the protesters and called on them to end their protest.