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Tibetan shooting came on heels of criticism of China's rights record by Human Rights Watch

Los Angeles, Wed, 25 Jan 2012 ANI

Los Angeles, Jan.25 (ANI): The shooting of Tibetan protesters by Chinese security personnel came on the heels of the annual Human Rights Watch report, which criticized Beijing for repression in ethnic minority areas such as Tibet.


According to the Los Angeles Times, the situation in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and the neighboring Tibetan autonomous areas of Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan province, remained tense in 2011 following the massive crackdown on popular protests that swept the plateau in 2008.


The HRW report, it says, reveals that Tibetans suspected of being critical of political, religious, cultural or economic state policies were and have always been targeted on charges of "separatism."


The Chinese government has given no indication it would accommodate the aspirations of Tibetan people for greater autonomy, even within the narrow confines of the country's autonomy law on ethnic minorities' areas.


It has rejected holding negotiations with the new elected leader of the Tibetan community in exile, Lobsang Sangay, and warned that it would designate the next Dalai Lama itself.


HRW has also complained in the past that as China rises as an economic force, global powers have shied from calling the country to task on its human rights record.


The issue of whether the United States is too soft on China when it comes to human rights even popped up in the Republican debate Monday night in Florida, when Rick Santorum was asked whether the U.S. would take a different tack on trade with China if, like Cuba, a strong lobby of dissidents lived in a politically important state like Florida.


Santorum said the key difference was that Cuba was so close to the U.S. (ANI)


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