Amnesty International has called on Carlsberg to help defend human rights in Tibet.

The organisation has asked the brewer, which holds a 50% stake in Lhasa Brewery with the Tibet Galaxy Science & Technology Development Co, to advise Chinese authorities that Amnesty is closely following the violation of human rights in the region. China lays claim to the region, and has occupied Tibet since 1950.

Speaking to just-drinks today, Jesper Madsen, Carlsberg's senior vice president for Asia, said the brewer is in the country in an economic, rather than political, capacity. "We are not involved in politics," he said. "We are looking to create employment in the province, which of course is good for the economy. We stay out of the political arena."

The brewery in the capital, Lhasa, was officially inaugurated in September 2004.