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Human Rights Update 1997

Signature campaign for Sonam Dekyi

On 28th July, 6439 signatures from 22 countries were submitted to the Chinese Embassy in Delhi requesting that Mrs Sonam Dekyi be granted a visa to visit Tibet in order to see her son, Ngawang Choephel, currently serving 18 years imprisonment on charges of “spying” for the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. We sincerely thank all those who participated in the campaign and pledged their support for Sonam Dekyi and Ngawang Choephel.

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China’s birth control policy in Tibet

Between September and October of 1996, 308 Tibetan women in the sub-district of Takar in Chushur district under Lhasa City were sterilised over a period of 22 days. One woman died after forced sterilisation and another is reportedly in critical condition. One woman, three months pregnant at the time, was also forced by Chinese officials to abort her child. Between 20 and 80 families live in each of the 23 villages under the sub-district of Takar, making up a total of 5210 residents. Prior to September 1996, 100 women had already been sterilised in Chushur District Hospital. In September 1996, …

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Spiritual head imprisoned for mining protests

Nazod Trulku, the spiritual head of Nazod monastery and its 200 monks located in the south of Serta County, was sentenced in August 1996 to six years imprisonment. Reacting to the escalating Chinese mining activities in the area around the monastery, Nazod Trulku had printed and distributed environmental protest posters. The population of Serta city is 10,000, and today 80% of these are Chinese settlers, brought in to carry out the massive mining activities in Serta County, Golok Tibet Autonomous Prefecture in Amdo (incorporated into the Chinese province of Gansu). Nazod Trulku was intensely unhappy with the “development” and environmental …

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