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Tibetan monk detained on suspicion of possessing and sharing Dalai Lama’s photos

Chinese security forces detained a Tibetan monk from Rongwo Monastery on suspicions that he had kept the Dalai Lama’s photos on his mobile phone and shared them with friends online in Rebgong (Ch: Tongren) County in Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The monk, Chophel, 46, was detained from his monastery on 10 July 2015. Almost two months after his arbitrary detention, he is still being held at a detention centre in Dragmar in Rebgong County. Although the police have not given any reason for his sudden detention, local Tibetans suspect that he was arrested for possessing images of …

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Young Tibetan monk arbitrarily detained for peaceful solo protest

A young Tibetan Buddhist monk from Kirti monastery has been detained by the Chinese police for launching a peaceful solo protest in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County town in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. Information received by TCHRD reveals that Lobsang Kelsang, 19, was arrested at around 3 pm local time, on 7 September 2015. In one of the four brief video footages received by the TCHRD from inside Tibet, Kelsang is seen walking along the streets of Ngaba County town, holding aloft a huge portrait – most probably of the Dalai Lama – and raising slogans for …

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Tibetan woman burns self in protest in China’s ‘New Socialist Village”

A Tibetan woman has died after setting herself on fire in protest against China’s repressive policies on 27 August 2015, according to information received by TCHRD. Tashi Kyi, age 55, self-immolated on the night of 27 August 2015 and died the next day, 28 August 2015. She was from Ngulra Village in Sangchu (Ch: Xiahe) County, Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. “As soon as Tibetans saw her ablaze, they tried to save her by putting out the fire. Unfortunately, they couldn’t save her. She died early morning the next day, at around 3 am,” a source told …

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