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China: Open Letter to the President of the People's Republic of China on self-immolations in Tibetan populated areas of Sichuan Province

, Index number: ASA 17/046/2011

In this open letter, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch express their concern regarding a number of incidents in which Tibetans living in Sichuan Province have set themselves on fire apparently in protest against restrictions on fundamental freedoms and human rights and punitive security measures imposed on a number of monasteries in the area. These immolations have drawn renewed international attention to long-standing grievances and on-going human rights concerns affecting Tibetans in China.

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