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Human Rights Update 1997

thousands executed

China executed at least 4,367 people last year by firing squad or lethal injection, Amnesty International hasreported, including some Tibetans shot for “counter-revolution” or “subversion.”  This figure, the highest since 1983, was confirmed by Chinese media. Amnesty said it had logged more than 6100 death sentences, exceeding the previous two years combined, yet believed the figures “to fall far short of reality.” The impetus behind the recent escalation is the “Yan-Da” or “Strike-Hard Campaign.” Implemented in China to control crime, Strike Hard was launched in Tibet 1996 to clamp down on so-called “splittists’- to those who support Tibetan Independence and …

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Lhasa’s new prison facilities

A new, modern prison has been built in the northern outskirts of Lhasa, ICT has reported following a fact-finding mission to Tibet. Located close to Outridu Prison – Sangyip’s Fifth Unit, the new facility has two or three cell blocks of 12 to 14 cells each, and may be the Sixth Unit of the Sangyip complex. The lack of outdoor space suggests that the new prison may be a high security facility. It could also be a city or prefectural level Public Security Bureau detention centre. ICT also reported that Chinese authorities are building two new cell blocks for Outridu. …

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Profile: Restaurant manager serves 12 years for “incitement” of youth

When Tsering Ngodup‘s advanced age determined that he could no longer be as physically active for Tibet, it did not affect his youthful spirit. In his fifties, Tsering, who ran a restaurant in Lhasa, would encourage his young customers to raise their voice for the cause of Tibet and for those who could sing the best patriotic songs he would prepare special dishes. Today he is serving a 12 year sentence in Drapchi Prison for his “counter-revolutionary incitement”. Tsering Ngodup, also known as Pa Tsengon la and simply Pachen, is 65 years old. He was the former manager of the …

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