China: No enforced disappearances of Tibetan monks

June 9, 2011 - 5:44 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China has rejected a request from a U.N. human rights panel asking it to disclose the fate of more than 300 Tibetan monks whose whereabouts it said are unknown since they were allegedly arrested in April.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday that there had been "no such thing as enforced disappearance" of the monks.

The U.N. panel said in Geneva on Wednesday that the monks were allegedly detained by Chinese security forces April 21 at the Ngaba Kirti monastery in Sichuan province, though some have reportedly since been released.

Hong said, "local authorities are conducting legal education" for the monks there to maintain religious order.