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US urges China to improve human rights in Tibet

world Updated: Nov 17, 2012 08:10 IST

United States has urged China to address the issue of human rights violations in Tibet, where there is no letup in self-immolation bid by Tibetan monks.

"We want to see the human rights situation there and throughout China improve," the State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters yesterday.

"We have been clear for decades about our commitment to human rights in Tibet, that we want to see China address the underlying problems there, the threats to the distinctive culture and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people, and our grave concern about the fact that people would feel so desperate as to resort to self-immolation," she said.

Nuland said the US has been regularly raising its concern about the Tibetan self-immolations with Chinese authorities.

"We encourage China to work with authorities in Tibet to address the grievances of the people and to protect the cultural diversity of their country," she said when asked about the death of two Tibetans in self-immolation in protest against human rights violations by the Chinese.