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25. June 2007

Groups call on Foreign Mining Companies for immediate withdrawal from Tibet

Dharamsala: Following a riot in Tawu County in Tibetan area of Sichuan province last month to Stop a mining company from plundering a local sacred mountain, Tibetan activist groups from New York and London have issued a detailed statement earlier on June 15 demanding foreign mining companies to immediately withdraw from Tibet.

“As long as Tibet remains an occupied territory with no rule of law and where mineral exploitation is so clearly opposed by local Tibetans, no mining companies, Chinese or foreign, should be operating there,” says Lhadon Tethong, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, in the statement.

According to the statement, Canadian and British firms in particular are leading the rush to exploit Tibet’s mineral reserves without the consent of and increasingly in conflict with rural Tibetans living near the project sites.

As per the statement, there are nine foreign companies, seven Canadian and two British, currently operating in Tibet.

In 2003, Australian miner Sino Gold Ltd. had to abandon exploration rights in a Tibetan region of Sichuan following a letter-writing campaign by Australia-based pro-Tibet activists.

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