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Monk suicides on the rise in Buddhist Tibet

The Tibetan Buddhist worldwide is currently observing this month as the holy Buddhist month of Saka Dawa. 7 June 2009 (a full moon day), Sunday, will be observed as the most important day of the holy month according to the Buddhist belief due to the significance of the day being Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana falling on the same day. While the Tibetan Buddhist – both the civil and monastic community – worldwide spend the day with various religious activities and rituals according to the faith, however, Tibetans inside Chinese administered Tibet face severe religious repression enacted by the …

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Chinese court sentences six monks in Chamdo

According to reliable information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), Chinese authority in Chamdo sentenced six Tibetan monks to varying prison terms on 22 May 2009. Earlier on 5 January 2009, a bomb blast took place in Choekor Township, Jomda County, Chamdo Prefecture, “Tibet Autonomous Region” (“TAR”). The bomb blast incident was followed by few sporadic protests in the area. Few days later, six monks of Dhen Choekor Monastery were arrested on 9 and 10 January 2009 in Jomda County for staging protest demonstration.

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China denies family access to two Labrang monks serving lengthy prison sentences

Two Tibetans who were earlier sentenced on 21 May 2009 by the Kanlho Intermediate People’s Court to life and another to 15 years’ imprisonment terms were denied access to family members since their detention more than a year, according to information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). Tsultrim Gyatso, a 37-year-old from Yig-jang Village in Labrang (Ch: Xiahe) County, and Thabkhay Gyatso, 34, from Sangkag Village in Labrang County were detained for their participation in the 15 March protest that took place in Labrang last year. Both Tsultrim and Thabkhay are monks of Labrang Monastery …

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