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Torture of Tibetan Prisoners

… “torture” means any act by which severe pain or suffering , whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining … information or a confession, punishing him … intimidating or coercing him … or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official … (article 1 of the UN Convention Against Torture to which the People’s Republic of China is a State Party)   Jampel Tsering (layname – Kalsang), 27, …

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More political sentences

According to a reliable source, Sholpa Dawa, who was arrested for the third time in August 1995, has finally received a sentence of 9 years. Sholpa Dawa, a tailor in Lhasa, was arrested for the first time on 29 September 1981 and sentenced to two years imprisonment for allegedly distributing pamphlets on the independence of Tibet. He was deprived of his political rights for one year. On 8 November 1985 he was arrested for the second time for distributing pamphlets denouncing the deterioration in the living conditions of the Tibetans and the anti-secular foreign (Chinese) invasion of Tibet. Topgyal, also …

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“Last battle” against Tibetan spiritual life

Following a week-long extraordinary meeting of the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party in Lhasa, the Tibet Central Committee launched a “Last Battle” against the Dalai Lama, aimed at eradicating any vestiges of the exiled spiritual leader’s influence from all levels of society. Their report stipulated that the anti-splittist campaign, launched in the region’s monasteries this year, must be broadened. The Committee signalled the adoption of “administrative measures to resolve the uncontrolled proliferation of religious festivals and shrines”. The report stressed the strengthening of controls over daily life in Tibet which must also involve the close supervision of literature and …

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