Home / staff (page 3)

Illegal detention of Tibetan language activist underscores near-absolute Chinese state repression

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) condemns the ongoing illegal detention of Tashi Wangchuk, 30, a Tibetan businessman who has been a vocal advocate for the preservation and promotion of Tibetan language education in Kyegudo (Ch: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham. According to a 10 March 2016 report by the New York Times , Tashi Wangchuk had been detained for 44 days since 27 January. Tashi’s family and relatives had contacted the local Public Security Bureau (PSB) office a number of times asking to see him but were denied permission. …

Read More »

TCHRD launches new online resource on Tibetan political prisoners

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is pleased to launch today an online resource on the state of political prisoners in Tibet. The day of the launch is important: 14 March 2016 marks the eighth anniversary of the protests on 14 March 2008 that led to the 2008 uprising in Tibet. The subsequent crackdown that saw the detention, disappearance, torture, imprisonment and death of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans has not stopped. Repressive policies that caused the 2008 uprising have been intensified and expanded to all Tibetan areas like never before, and Tibetans continue to get persecuted …

Read More »

High-profile Tibetan political prisoner hospitalized six months before release

Chinese prison authorities have admitted Jigme Gyatso, a high-profile Tibetan political prisoner, into a prison hospital in Lanzhou city, capital of Gansu Province, as he becomes eligible for release in six months. Jigme Gyatso, popularly known as Jigme Guri, was a monk at Labrang Monastery in Sangchu (Ch: Xiahe) County, Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. In September 2014, after years of speculation and concern, news surfaced that the courageous monk, who exposed Chinese torture methods to the world, had been sentenced to five years in prison for “splittist activities.” Jigme Guri was likely admitted to the Da …

Read More »