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Tibetan monk’s account reveals torture and sexual abuse rampant in China’s ‘political re-education’ centres

A first-hand account written by a former detainee reveals the horror that goes on in the name of ‘legal education’ inside the secretive walls of ‘re-education centres’ established by Chinese authorities in Tibet. Written by a monk whose identity is kept anonymous for security reasons, the account validates anecdotal evidence collected by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in recent years on the existence of such extralegal centres used to educate ‘politically unreliable’ Tibetans. For instance, Tibetan writer and teacher Gangkye Drupa Kyab was forced to attend 15-day re-education classes soon after his release from prison in …

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Special Report Pays Tribute to Chinese lawyers Defending Tibetans

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) yesterday released a special report on Chinese lawyers defending Tibetans detained for exercising human rights. The report, drafted by TCHRD in Chinese language, was launched at a press conference in Dharamsala, India where Ms Zhu Rui, a Chinese-Canadian author and political advocate of human rights in China was the chief guest.

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Tashi Wangchuk’s sentencing exposes China’s assimilationist agenda to annihilate Tibetan cultural identity

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) condemns in the strongest terms the sentencing of Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk to five years imprisonment on the trumped-up charge of inciting separatism. Tashi Wangchuk was arbitrarily detained on 27 January 2016 after a New York Times documentary reported on his efforts to file a lawsuit against local Chinese authorities for their failure to protect and promote Tibetan culture and language. He had been in arbitrary detention for almost two years when his trial, held in January this year, ended without a verdict.

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