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China: Investigate torture-related death of former political prisoner Shonu Palden

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply saddened by the news of the untimely demise of former Tibetan political prisoner Mr Shonu Palden and extends heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family members and relatives. Mr Palden is survived by his wife and three children: son Tenzin Kunkyab, 8, and daughters Namgyal Dolma, 10, and Tashi Dolma, 5. TCHRD calls on the Chinese authorities to promptly initiate a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into the untimely death of Mr Palden due to torture and denial of proper medical care. A government’s obligation to investigate deaths is required …

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Discriminatory Chinese passport regulations violate Tibetans’ right to travel

Since 2012, Tibetans from the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have had their passports confiscated and, as a result, unable to travel abroad. This is because of 29 April 2012 ‘guiding opinions’ on implementing passport regulation issued by the Chinese authorities that was recently obtained by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. The letter of the law and its implementation have prevented almost all Tibetans in the TAR from travelling outside of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In 2014, further restrictions have prevented Tibetans from travelling to religious ceremonies and sacred sites. Article 12(2) of the ICCPR, which is …

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Tibetan singer held under tight security amid fears for failing health

A Tibetan singer serving a six-year prison sentence for singing songs with politically-charged lyrics has been found recently in poor health as he continues to be kept under tight security in a prison located in the outskirts of Siling (Ch: Xining) city, capital of Qinghai Province. Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has received information that Tibetan singer Lolo is held under tight security surveillance even after almost two and a half years’ of imprisonment. Lolo was first detained on 19 April 2012 for releasing a music album that contained songs with politically-charged lyrics such as the well-known “Raise the Tibetan flag, …

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