US demands release of three Tibetans held in Nepal

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Washington, Jun 27: The US has expressed ''deep concern'' over Nepal's recent detention without charge of Tibetan community activists Kelsang Chung, Ngawang Sangmo, and Tashi Dolma and called for their ''immediate and unconditional'' release.

''In addition, the ongoing harsh treatment of peaceful protesters by the Nepali police is distressing,'' the State Department said in a written statement yesterday. It said, ''We understand and respect Nepal's national security concerns and the importance of protecting diplomatic premises. We urge Nepal to ensure the humane treatment of peaceful protesters and adhere to its international human rights obligations as the country continues on its path as a democratic nation.''

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