Rights Groups Protests Restrictions On Tibetan "Singing Nun"

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The New York-based group Human Rights Watch has called on the Chinese authorities to lift restrictions on a Tibetan nun, one of a group of 14 women who made a tape of songs about their commitment to freedom for the Himalayan region.

Phuntsog Nyidron was released in March 2004 from Tibet's infamous Drapchi prison, but is still under constant surveillance by Chinese police, the group said.

Phuntsog Nyidron was escorted home by officials on her release. "Since then, at least two security officials from a pool of four are with her 24 hours a day. Two are prison representatives and two are local county public security officers," Human Rights Watch said.

The group said China was playing "a nasty game" by releasing political activists in order to score points with the international community, but still keeping them under tight restrictions at home.

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