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Tibetan monk released after 5 years of imprisonment

A Tibetan monk who is also a songwriter was released from prison last month after completing a five-year prison term and returned to his hometown in Tridu (Ch: Chenduo) County in Kyegudo (Ch: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham. Lobsang Jinpa, 35, was sentenced on 23 February 2013 along with the famous Tibetan singer Lolo who received a six-year prison term at a closed-door trial in Siling (Ch: Xining) city. Lobsang Jinpa, a monk from at Nyatso Zilkar Monastery, was partly targeted for writing the lyrics of a song sung by Lolo called ‘Dear Panchen Lama’ about the …

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TCHRD Campaign for Tibetan Political Prisoners : An Introduction

“On 14 March 2010, some of the students at our school staged a protest carrying hand drawn Tibetan national flags made of cloth. They tried to take down the Chinese national flag hoisted in our school campus. Even the Tibetan teachers at the school took part in the protest. There were four Chinese police officials in civilian clothing. They took me to the Machu County detention center. There was no arrest warrant. And it is very common for Tibetans to get arrested without a warrant.    I was first taken to the Machu County Detention Centre where I was detained …

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China issues vague and overbroad rules on internet censorship in Tibet

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has obtained a copy of a Chinese government document that announces the implementation of vague and broadly defined rules on internet censorship in Tibet. Issued for public notice by the Machu (Ch: Maqu) County Public Security Bureau (PSB) located in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, the document in Tibetan contains a list of instructions to online chat group administrators and owners of public online accounts on how to conduct self-censorship. The notice, that took effect on 8 October, contains rules that are local version of two new regulations …

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