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Human Rights Update 1996

Tibetan refugees shot by Nepalese police

On 18 November 1996, three Tibetan asylum-seekers were shot and wounded when Nepalese police opened fire on a group of escapees shortly after they crossed the border at Lamabhagar, 100 km north-east of Kathmandu. Several Tibetans were injured after being beaten by police batons. Two Tibetans, including a child, sustained head wounds. Police said they opened fire on the group of 32 Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks and including eight children aged between seven and 13, after they defied an order to stop and began throwing stones at the police. Tibetans in the group said that police stopped them and immediately …

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Religious “re-education”

The following testimony was taken from an interview conducted on 5 December 1996 by TCHRD. Tenzin Bhagdo, aged 23, from Lhokha of Drepung monastery, arrived in Dharamsala, India on 5 December 1996. He is one of the many monks who voluntarily left the monastery as a result of the threat of imprisonment by the Chinese authorities. Tenzin reports, “In order to carry out the full-scale campaign to re-educate the monks, a “work team” was sent in to Drepung monastery on 2 August 1996. During the campaign each monk was called to a secluded place and was individually interrogated by a …

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Torture of Tibetan Prisoners

… “torture” means any act by which severe pain or suffering , whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining … information or a confession, punishing him … intimidating or coercing him … or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official … (article 1 of the UN Convention Against Torture to which the People’s Republic of China is a State Party)   Jampel Tsering (layname – Kalsang), 27, …

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