New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Lhasa, which will host the torch on Saturday, remains under a security and media lockdown after protests against Chinese rule in March.
“The situation in Lhasa is anything but normal,” Sophie Richardson, HRW’s Asia advocacy director, said in a statement.
“The authorities continue to fear that Tibetans may try to stage further protests, and Tibetans continue to fear that they can be arrested at any time for any reason.
“Using Tibet for a propaganda opportunity such as the Olympic torch relay – while sealing it to independent investigators – is both unconscionable and reckless.”
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