Cina accusata di brutalità nei confronti del Tibet

Secondo un nuovo rapporto della Human Rights Watch, le forze di sicurezza cinesi sono state accusate di aver usato una “brutalità deliberata” contro i tibetani dopo l’ondata di proteste nella regione.

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Chinese security forces used “deliberate brutality” against Tibetans after the wave of protests in the region two years ago, including torture and the disappearance of suspects, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.Thousands of Tibetans were arrested without regard to legal procedures, which led to a large number of wrongful convictions and imprisonment, the report claims.The report is the most detailed examination yet by an independent human rights group of the 2008 protests and their aftermath. Human Rights Watch called for an international investigation to look into the claims of mistreatment.

Nicholas Bequelin, a China researcher at Human Rights Watch, said the group prepared the report because so many of the claims surrounding the Tibetan riots were “unverifiable”. “This establishes a clear pattern of abuse,” he said. “It is no longer just a case of indirect reports or assumptions that because Tibet is a black box, then abuses must be taking place.”

The 2008 protests were one of the biggest domestic challenges to the authority of the Chinese Communist party in the past two decades. The focal point was an ugly race riot in Lhasa on March 14, where Tibetan residents attacked Han Chinese residents and their businesses, killing a number of people.

There were also a large number of protests – some violent, others peaceful – in other parts of Tibet and in the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai, which have large Tibetan populations. A report by Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, says there were as many as 150 different incidents and Human Rights Watch has documented protests in 18 different counties across western China.

Beijing blamed the Dalai Lama and his “clique” for inciting the unrest and launched a propaganda offensive attacking the way the events were covered by foreign news organisations – a position widely supported by many Chinese.

The Human Rights Watch report, which is based on eyewitness accounts from more than 200 Tibetans and official reports, says that in some cases Chinese security forces showed considerable restraint in the face of violent protests, but it also details at least four instances where they opened fire on unarmed protesters. It provides accusations of torture of Tibetans arrested after the protests, sometimes in order to get confessions about overseas involvement, which it says led to several deaths in custody.

Earlier this year, Beijing said it was doubling its bet that rapid economic development would eventually win the political loyalty of its Tibetan population.

Yet there were also some indications that Beijing was playing down the development model based on huge infrastructure investments, and placing more emphasis on improving the incomes of ordinary Tibetans.

Fonte: Dossier Tibet, 22 luglio 2010

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