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Charged for visiting India

Tibetans returning to Tibet from India after making a pilgrimage and seeking a blessing from the Dalai Lama risk arrest, detention and heavy fines. According to an information from Ngaba county (Ch: Apa county) in Karze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (Ch: Sichuan Province). The source reported that the PSB suspected such Tibetans of having come back to “instigate the masses into carrying out anti-Chinese activities as instructed by the government-in-exile.” Many Tibetans returning from India have been subjected to around two month detention and fined 5000 yuan before their release. Those unable to pay the fine face extended detention terms and …

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Monks and nuns arrested

More reports of arrests and expulsions of monks and nuns in Tibet have been received in connection to the “Strike Hard” campaign. In October 1996, six monks of Taktsang Lhamo Monastery in Kannan prefecture in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Region Prefecture were arrested by local PSB officials. The six monks were alleged to have instigated a crowd to revolt against Chinese oppression and to have hoisted a Tibetan national flag in a prominent place in Kannan prefecture. It was said that this was the first time such political activity had taken in Kannan Prefecture and the PSB therefore took it very …

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“Democratic rights” in Tibet

In a white paper published by the central Chinese government on February 24, 1998, entitled “New progress in human rights in the Tibet Autonomous Region”, China has exerted considerable effort in providing the claim that Chinese ‘Democratic Reforms’ have led to vast improvements in almost all areas of Tibetan society. The dominant theme of the White paper is the “liberation” of the Tibetan people from their previously “backward” society as a result of Chinese development.           One of the “progress” areas referred to in the paper is “Ethnic regional autonomy system and the people’s political rights.” …

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Young Patriot beaten to death

Lhakpa Tsering was born in Lhasa in 1970. Just 20 years later, on December 13, 1990, he died in Drapchi Prison from sicknesses and injuries resulting from prolonged torture in detention. Despite repeated appeals from his fellow inmates regarding Lhakpa’s critical condition, prison doctors were still refusing him medical attention in the last days before his death.  As a boy, Lhakpa Tsering from Lhasa Kyire (a town falling within Lhasa municipality), attended Lhasa Sharchok school. He was said to  be a diligent student who always worked hard and a favourite among his teachers because of his good behaviour. Lhakpa’s mother …

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Arrested on return from India

Tsultrim was arrested by the Public Security Bureau in November 1997 in the town of Dram on the Nepal-Tibet border on his return from India. He had left for India in 1996 to seek blessing from the Dalai Lama and to make a pilgrimage. Tsultrim was known to have been imprisoned in Dram for two months but his present whereabouts are not known.  Tsultrim Lektsok, aged 23, is from Ragya Monastery in Machen County, Golok “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” ( Tib: Amdo Province). Rooms of other monks in Ragya monastery  were ransacked by Chinese Officials and pictures of the Dalai Lama …

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Taken in the night for sterilisation

In Shabrang village, Thonring sub-county, Rebkong county, Qinghai province (Tib: Amdo province), nine women between the ages of 18 to 45 were taken away in October 1997 to be sterilized. A vehicle came in the night and took women to the Rebkong government hospital. County officials had made an announcement several days prior to the arrival of the birth control team that 100 per cent co-operation was expected and any refusals would lead to heavy fines. The women were told that their medication for a one week period after sterilization would be taken care of. The nine women returned two …

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Work-team in Pangsa Monastery

Earlier there were 35 monks residing in Pangsa Monastery but it is reported that some have been imprisoned for political reasons and some have fled to exile to escape the “re-education” work team’s repressive policies, leaving 16 monks currently in the monastery. On 2 September 1997, a six-member work team arrived in Pangsa Monastery, a retreat  founded by Togden Jamphel Gyatso and situated in Tashi Gang township in Medro Gongkar near Lhasa. When the monks refused to comply with the “re-education” principles the number of members was later increased to ten and it is reported that since the beginning of …

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