China bars international human rights monitors from Tibet

Despite international pressure mounting on China to allow foreign observers in Tibet to investigate human rights abuses, China announced Friday that it would not allow them to enter Tibet. The refusal comes after Navi Pillay, the top United Nations official on human rights, had urged China last week to allow the monitors in.

In a formal response, Qiangba Puncog, chairman of Tibet’s “rubber stamp regional assembly,” said, “[Those] who think there are any problems in Tibet, human rights problems, arrogantly wanting to pursue investigations, to use these situations to propose entering Tibet, [I'm] afraid we feel it’s inappropriate.”

You can read the full story by Sui-Lee Wee of Reuters here at the Chicago Tribune.

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