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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 27, 2013 2:18 AM PST

Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada's ambassador to China was barred from visiting Tibet amid news of Tibetan self-immolation engulfing the Tibetan plateau.

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Speaking on the rejection, a senior Canadian official told the Canadian Press that apart from Canadian ambassador none of the other foreign diplomats were allowed to visit Tibet in recent times.

"The Chinese haven't really allowed other diplomats to visit," Canadian Press quoted the unnamed Canadian senior official, as saying.

"Getting permission to travel to that area is subject to getting approval from the Chinese government to be allowed there," the official told Canadian Press.

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of Tibetan government in exile who is currently in Canada was quoted by Canadian Press as saying, "I was told that efforts were made but so far the staff members of the Canadian embassy have not been able to visit Tibetan areas."

While testifying before the Canadian House of Commons Wednesday, the Tibetan prime minister urged the Canadian government to send the newly appointed religious ambassador, Andrew Bennett to Tibet to find out the root causes of the ongoing Tibetan self-immolations.

"I would really like to see, and request, that the ambassador of religious freedom visit Tibet. Because religious freedom is very much at the core of self-immolation - as well as other issues - in Tibet," said Sangay while speaking to the reporters.

"And now, the office is established, there's an ambassador. If he could go to Tibet and investigate the situation, that would be a welcome gesture."

"The increasing cases of self-immolations and the repressive policies of the Chinese government have unfortunately led to the suffering of the Tibetan people," Lobsang Sangay added.

BBC Wednesday reported that more than one hundred Chinese scholars , journalists and activists including economist Mao Yushi, legal scholar He Weifang and Dai Qing, an outspoken political activist in recent days wrote an open letter addressed to the Chinese communist government calling upon the Beijing government to implement political rights in China.

According to BBC, the letter calls upon the Beijing government to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the treaty which China signed in 1998 but never ratified.

The open letter which was circulating among the Chinese on some of the prominent websites and blogs in China comes days before the Chinese parliamentary session in Beijing.

During an interview, Wang Kexin, a Chinese investigative journalist told BCC that he was positive that Chinese leaders would ratify the ICCPR during the upcoming parliamentary session.

"We don't dare to dream that China will make a lot of progress in one giant leap," Wang told BCC "The country develops step by step and our efforts are also aimed at changing things step by step. This is the embarrassing situation we are in now."

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