Tibetan Exiles and Rights Activists Press China on World Human Rights Day བོད་སྐད།

Tibetan exiles and human rights activists have organized protests and issued critical reports to mark the anniversary of World Human Rights Day.

Hundreds of Tibetan exiles rallied in India's capital, New Delhi, Monday to protest what they say is Beijing's destruction of Tibet's cultural heritage.

Tibet's Indian-based government-in-exile released a report today that contends Beijing's development policies are also hurting Tibet's natural heritage, destroying fragile grasslands and displacing herders.

In Australian police scuffled with protesters outside the Chinese Embassy in Canberra Monday after about 200 people rallied to protest China's treatment of Tibet.

Protesters called on Australia's federal government to stand up to China over its human rights record in Tibet. The protest started peacefully with chants and songs, but became tense after protesters failed in attempt to pass a petition letter to the embassy.

Tibetan and human rights protesters charged the gates of the embassy today during a Human Rights Day rally. One man tried to climb over the embassy's gates while others put placards and flags on them.

Protest organizer Tsewang Thupten said the group was trying to draw attention to what he called China's illegal occupation of Tibet and its repression of the rights of the Tibetan people over the past 50 years.

In London, a rights advocacy group issued a report accusing religious policies in Tibet of violating China's international commitments. The report documents testimony from Buddhist monks and nuns who say they were forced to denounce the Dalai Lama.

Chinese troops took control of Tibet in 1950. At the end of the decade, Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled the region to live with followers in India.