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The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) hailed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) for asking China to resolve the grievances of people in Tibet.

“The CTA is encouraged by the powerful statement of UNHCHR high commissioner Navi Pillay Friday,” Tibet’s prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay said here.

Pillay has urged the Chinese government to “promptly address the long-standing grievances that have led to an alarming escalation in desperate forms of protest, including self-immolations, in Tibetan areas”.

Sangay said Pillay’s statement “is a true recognition of the urgent and tragic situation in Tibet”.

According to the CTA, 56 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest China’s policies and to press their demand for freedom since March 2011.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in the hill town of Dharamsala.



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