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Religious repression continues: Monk expelled from “splittist” monastery

The following is taken from an account provided to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy on 26 November by Tsultrim Gyaltsen who arrived in India this week from Tibet. Tsultrim Gyaltsan is a 20-year-old monk from Dunbhu Choekhor Monastery (Sakya Monastery) in Chideshol under Lhokha sub district. A Work Inspection Team composed of 6 or 7 members had been giving regular “re-education” classes to the monks of Dunbhu Choekhor Monastery, sometimes up to three times a day. On 18 April 1996, the monks were called for a meeting as usual. During the course of the meeting, members of …

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Tibetan dissident under house arrest

Yulo Dawa Tsering, a 58-year-old abbot at Ganden Monastery and former teacher of Philosophy at the University of Tibet, was the first Tibetan to be arrested when the Tibetan independence movement regained vigour in 1987. He was arrested in December 1987 and sentenced for 10 years as a result of having spoken about Tibetan independence with an Italian tourist six months earlier. The Tibetan lama, now 68 years old and having spent a total of some 27 years of his life imprisoned, was released on parole on 4 November 1994. When, three weeks later, a United Nations Human Rights team …

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The Dalai Lama condemns cultural genocide in Tibet

During an interview with Le Monde daily newspaper in his recent visit to France, His Holiness the Dalai Lama condemned China’s cultural genocide in Tibet, although he stressed that he remained open to negotiations with Beijing without pre-conditions. His Holiness emphasised that he was not demanding Tibet’s independence, only its autonomy. The human rights situation had worsened in Tibet, said His Holiness, and emphasised that protecting the cultural heritage of Tibet has become his main concern.

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