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By March 25, 2009

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Today Amnesty International released a report called "Jailed Without Justice: Immigration Detention in the USA." The full report (PDF) contains this on page 13:

Mr. N, a Buddhist monk from Tibet, fled to the US after he had been arrested, incarcerated, and tortured twice on the basis of his religious beliefs and political expressions in support of Tibetan independence. He arrived in New York and was immediately placed into immigration detention. Mr. Nís attorney filed a parole application that included an affidavit from a member of the American Tibetan community who pledged to provide Mr. N lodging and ensure his appearance at any hearings. During Mr. Nís ten-month detention, the government provided no response to this request, and Mr. N was never given the opportunity to argue for his release before a judge. Mr. N was granted permission to remain in the US in September 2007.
Amnesty International documents a shocking number of human rights violations by U.S. immigration authorities. I heard this on television while I was writing a blog post about China's latest block of YouTube. Geoffrey A. Fowler writes for the Wall Street Journal,
The Great Firewallís latest block of YouTube appears to coincide with the March 20 release by the Tibetan Government-in-Exile of a graphic video showing Chinese forces beating Tibetans during protests that occurred in March of last year. (The video, which includes disturbing scenes of violence, can be seen here).

Anyway, I had begun writing about the YouTube block when I heard the news story about the Amnesty International report. Terribly sad.

March 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm
(1) tony bennett says:

This is truly saddening for anyone to see, let alone live with everyday. Once again I call on every American citizen to boycott all goods imported from China, or live with the knowledge that you both condone and support the plight of Tibetans.

tony bennett——–Free Tibet

March 27, 2009 at 6:30 am
(2) jean says:

any idea where the monk is now? truly a sad story. there maybe some political channels that can be used to put pressure on ICE if he is still here.

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