Tibetan govt-in-exile demands UN intervention

DHARAMSHALA, India, March 14, 2008 (AFP) – Tibet’s government-in-exile on Saturday demanded the United Nations intervene to end what it called “urgent human rights violations” by China in the region following deadly protests. The exiled government in Dharamshala in northern India, home to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, also said it had received “unconfirmed reports about 100 people had been killed and martial law imposed in Lhasa.”

“The Tibetan parliament urges the UN to send representatives immediately and intervene and investigate the current urgent human rights violations in Tibet,” the administration said in a statement.

Tanks and armoured vehicles were out in force in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on Saturday, a day after the worst protests against China’s rule in the vast, Himalayan region in nearly 20 years, witnesses said.

China has said 10 people were burnt to death in the protests.

The exiled Tibetan government said it was “deeply concerned” by reports “emanating from all three regions of Tibet of random killings, injuries and arrest of thousands of Tibetans peacefully protesting against Chinese policy.”

The protests reflect “the true sentiments of Tibetans inside Tibet and the yearnin