End silence on Tibet, parliamentarians say

A large majority of Swiss parliamentarians have demanded that the government speak out against the "Chinese violence" in Tibet.

This content was published on March 20, 2008 - 19:30

In an open letter to the cabinet, 176 politicians said Switzerland could not afford to be silent on the serious human rights violations committed in Tibet.

The Chinese government should be told in no uncertain terms to put on end to the violence and repression, the letter said.

The parliamentarians also said the cabinet should call on the International Olympic Committee to intervene in China immediately to convince the authorities there to respect their commitments.

One must fear the worst, the letter continued, since the past has shown that China censors the media and internet when it intends to use force to bring a situation under control.

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