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Chinese police have jailed, tortured and harassed Tibetans in areas outside Tibet who oppose China's rule of their Himalayan homeland, a human rights group said Tuesday.

Tibetans have been punished for putting up posters calling for China to leave Tibet and for sending letters of support to prisoners, Human Rights Watch said in a report based on interviews with refugees who fled to India.

More than half of China's ethnic Tibetans live in provinces adjacent to Tibet itself -- Sichuan, Gansu, Yunnan and Qinghai. "Arrests of local activists in these eastern Tibetan regions deserve the same scrutiny and the same condemnation," said Sidney Jones, Asia director for the New York-based advocacy group.

The report cited five Tibetans who had been detained for criticizing China's control of Tibet. In most cases, they were tortured, although police sometimes used gentler treatment in hopes of recruiting informants, the report said. Upon their release from prison, the men were denied jobs and harassed. They eventually moved to India.

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