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“Strike Hard” expulsions of monks

Ngawang Jampa, aged 24 from Lhatse, Palbar Dzong, arrived in Dharamsala on 30 December 1996. He is one of the victims of the ongoing “strike hard” campaign presently being implemented by the authorities of the PRC. He was expelled from Lhatse Monastery and was then again expelled, along with 500 other monks, from Chamdo Monastery. The total number of known expulsions for 1996 in connection with “strike hard” now stands at 1295. Ngawang and other Tibetan monks are being denied the right to freedom of education and to practise and profess their religious belief. Ngawang Jampa was interviewed by TCHRD …

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Arrests and demonstrations in 1996

January – Nine Monks of Palgon Chorten arrested in January for burning photos of Gyalstsen Norbu, the Chinese appointed Panchen Lama rival. One monk and one layperson arrested in Shigatse on Jan. 18. 1996 “communicating with the Dalai Lama regarding the Panchen Lama reincarnation issue’. March – Jigme Gyatso (also known as Gangya Jigme), a 3-year-old Amdo Businessman, and Jamyang Tsultrim (layname – Tashi Tsering), a 27-year-old Amdo monk arrested in Lhasa in March for distributing leaflets demanding independence. They are reported to be in Sangyip (“TAR’s Prison No. 3) 25 student monks arrested from “Nga-rig Kye-tsel-Ling” school at Kumbum …

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