One of the climbers, British police officer Steve Lawes, was among a group of climbers and Sherpas at Cho Oyu's base camp who witnessed both the shooting and the subsequent capture of the Tibetan children who were marched into advance base camp by three soldiers with assault rifles. Mr Lawes said: "The children were in single file, about six feet away from me. They didn't see us - they weren't looking around the way kids normally would, they were too frightened. By that time, advance base camp was crawling with soldiers. They had pretty much taken over, and the atmosphere was very intimidating. We were doing our best not to do anything that might spark off more violence."
China's False Claims
Despite eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence, the Chinese Government has refused to acknowledge what really happened at Nangpa La, leaving the missing Tibetans in serious danger if their situation is not raised by the international community. Therefore, ICT calls upon the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to open an investigation leading to the confirmation of the whereabouts and wellbeing of the Tibetans who are missing or have been detained as a result of the Nangpa La shooting.
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