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Rights Group: China's New Crackdown on Tibetan Buddhism - 2004-07-09

An international rights group says China has launched a new crackdown against Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayan region.

In a report released Friday, the International Campaign for Tibet says it has evidence of a crackdown on religious institutions in eastern Tibet, as well as prayer ceremonies for exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

The report also details so-called Chinese political education campaigns in Tibetan monasteries and nunneries.

The group says the level of Chinese government intrusion in Tibet has not been seen in decades.

China has not commented on the report.