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Tibetan torture victims uncover China’s inhumane detention system

Two new torture cases involving former Tibetan political prisoners have emerged this month, just a couple of months after the People’s Republic of China (PRC) faced tough questioning from a UN rights watchdog. Both men served seven years each for their participation in 2008 uprising and are undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during detention. One of them is in critical condition and may not survive the treatment. At its fifth periodic review before the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) in November 2015, the PRC again claimed that allegations of torture and ill-treatment of ‘ethnic minorities’ such as Tibetans and Uyghurs …

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China detains relative of Tibetan man who staged peaceful solo protest

A Tibetan man named Tashi Dhondup was detained incommunicado last Saturday after he staged a peaceful solo protest in Dzoege (Ch: Ruoergai) County in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. According to information received by TCHRD, on 19 December Tashi Dhondup, whose age remains unknown, walked up the main street of Dzoege County town, holding a huge portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and wearing a Tibetan Buddhist flag. Video footage shows him walking briskly on the side of the main street, with the portrait of the Dalai Lama held high over his head, …

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TCHRD Statement on Human Rights Day, the 67th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  Today is the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the United Nations in 1948. In 1950, two years after the adoption of the UDHR, the UN General Assembly invited all member states and interested parties to observe 10 December as Human Rights Day. The UN has devoted this year’s theme on Human Rights Day to the two key human rights covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), that embody the spirit and intent of the UDHR. The UN General …

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