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Human Rights Update 1997

Principal arrested

The principal of Lhasa Shol School, Drakpa Nyendrak, was reportedly arrested in the first week of July this year for engaging in clandestine pro-Tibetan activities such as drafting slogans and making posters. PSB (Public Security Bureau) officials reportedly found a Tibetan flag and certain documents, in the principal’s possession after being informed by insiders of his political activities. Drakpa Nyendrak was interrogated over a series of sessions and some other Tibetans, suspected of colluding with Drakpa, were also arrested. The arrest of six Tibetans during the first week of July, coinciding with the Hong Kong handover and believed to be …

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A monk named Dorjee, aged 19, from Lhatse Choede Monastery in Lhatse County in Shigatse Region, was expelled from the monastery in March-April, 1997. He was expelled from the monastery because he refused to accept the principles laid down by the workteam members in his monastery. As a result he was expelled from the monastery. After his expulsion he went to his home town and made an attempt to visit India in June 1997 but failed because of heavy snowfall. In his second attempt he succeeded and is now currently residing in India. According to him the workteam came to …

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Profile: “Torture cannot destroy us: We did not die”

Fourteen nuns had their sentences increased while in prison on 8 October 1993. Despite being behind bars they were courageous enough to voice their feelings and belief on a smuggled tape recorder and distribute it outside prison complex. They were subjected to harsher torture and beatings and their sentence increased. Yet, they refuse to stay chained. They say: “Torture can not destroy us: we did not die”. Below is the profile of Ven. Jigme Yangchen who dared to offend the Chinese authorities with her courage and determination to speak for the sufferings of Tibetan people. Jigme Yangchen is 27 years …

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