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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Tibetan Hunger Striker's Condition Deteriorating


Crowds increasing in New York for Tibetan Indefinite Hunger strikers. Img courtesy Phayul "The three hunger strikers are on their eighteenth day with only couple of glasses of water to sustain their body. Their health condition deteriorating day by day, their determination never deterred"

The three Tibetan Hunger strikers camped in front of the United Nations building in New York enter day 18 of their indefinite hunger strike calling upon the United Nations to do more for Tibet.

What started out as a fairly low key protest against what the hunger strikers claim is United Nations indifference to the plight of Tibet and the Tibetans has grown considerably as the days go by.

Apart from the attention of the press and Tibetans bussing in from all over the United States the strikers were visited by 120 children from a Tibetan Sunday School.

In the beautiful innocence of childhood one Tibetan child wrote in a letter to the three strikers "If you die I wish you three a nice Big Thank You"

Dalai Lama receiving an honarary doctorate in Canada. Pic cortesy PhatulIn other Tibetan news the Dalai Lama was one of three Nobel Peace Laureates given honoraryy doctorates on Monday at the University of British Columbia.

The Dalai Lama, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu and Iranian human rights activist and feminist Shirin Ebadi all received the honours.

The Dalai Lama is visiting Canada at the moment conducting a series of stadium lectures. Two sold out events held already have attracted 26,000 people.

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