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US Government Documents 'Severe Repression and Discrimination' in Tibet

In its annual report on human rights, the U.S. State Department said China continues to commit severe human-rights abuses and social, economic and cultural discrimination in Tibet.

The U.S. government document said severe cultural and religious repression continues against Tibetans.

China in 2010 intensified efforts to limit freedom of speech and control the press, according to the U.S. report, and Chinese authorities increasingly used extralegal measures against dissidents, such as forced disappearances, strict house arrest and arbitrary detention.
The study covered Tibet in a separate section and said the "authorities continued to commit serious human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial detention, and house arrest.” It cites specific cases of Tibetans detained, imprisoned, tortured and killed, and describes the ongoing climate of fear and repression.

Describing individual torture cases, the report said “the security regime employed torture and degrading treatment in dealing with some detainees and prisoners.”

"A number of Tibetans, especially monks, remained incarcerated for their role in the 2008 protests and riots. People's Armed Police (PAP) presence remained at historically high levels in many communities across the Tibetan Plateau. In March all major monasteries in Lhasa were guarded by security forces," it said.

The report said, “Officials continued to restrict severely the access of diplomats and journalists to Tibet. Foreign officials and reporters were able to travel to the region only on closely chaperoned trips arranged by the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.” It also said, “During the year three-quarters of the US requests for official travel to the TAR were denied.”

"The economic and social exclusion of Tibetans was a major reason why such a varied cross section of Tibetans, including business operators, workers, students, university graduates, farmers, and nomads participated in the 2008 protests," it noted.