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Human Rights Update 1996

Cases of torture

In July 1996, Dorjee (Family name; Khangtsiri), a 66 year-old man of Tse-Gorthang, 124 km south-west of Chabcha Dzong in Amdo (ch: Qinghai Province), died after he was beaten up by members of the people’s Armed Police and the public Security Bureau. The authorities who visited the town raided all of the houses and imposed fines on those Tibetans in whose houses photos of His Holiness the Dali Lama were found. Dorjee, who was incapable of paying the heavy fine ranging from 5000 to 6000 yuan, was told to either pay the amount by 1997 or else half of his …

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Deaths in Custody

In 1996, TCHRD recorded three Known cases of deaths in custody in Tibet tortured by prison Officials On 6 May 1996, 19-year-old Sangye Tenphel (lay Name: Gonpo Dorjee) died due to torture whilst in Drapchi Prison. He was a monk of Khangmar Monastery in Djamshung, 162 north-west of Lhasa. Sangye Tenphel was severly beated up with an eletric baton and a cycle pump by two prison officials. His ribs were broken during the course of his interrogation and he was reportedly suffering brain damage before his death. Sangye had been arested on 15 April 1996 for a demonstration around the …

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Disappearances

Four student monks of Nga-rig Kyetse-ling school (English translation: Flourishing Garden of Five Knowledges) at Kumbum Monastery in Amdo region have disappeared since their arrest in mid-March 1996. The monks had been arrested along with 21 other student monks ot the monastery who were later released in early May 1996. The four monks — 27-year-old Dhamchoe Gyatso, editor of the magazine, Jigme Tendar aged 29; Dhaamchoe Kalden aged 31 and Phuntsok aged 25 been accused of publishing a literary magazine which whas now been labelled as “counter-revolutionary” and banned. Almost 10 months after their arrest, the whereabouts of the monks …

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