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Human Rights Update 1997

Seven years in prison in Tibet

Independent sources have reported on two Tibetans arrested in late 1996 by Apa Hsien Public security Bureau in connection with possession of wooden printing blocks used for printing pro-independence posters. Jamyang Tsakli, aged around 35 years, from Apa Hsien proper, had run a small shop in Apa Hsien. The other, named Gonpo, was from Ngapo. After their arrest they were imprisoned in Apa prison and later transferred to Barkham prison. Jamyang Tsakli was released from Barkham sometime in February 1997, however Gonpo has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment. It is not known in which prison he is currently serving …

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Students of Tibetan restricted

Sources in Lhasa report a recent decision that the Tibetan Language Department of the University of Tibet in Lhasa will not take any new students for the academic year of 1997-98. The reason given by the university authorities is that the syllabus is being changed and the new books required have not yet been compiled. This decision follows policy changes announced by authorities in December 1996 that the university’s History of Tibet course, taught by the Tibetan Language Department, would henceforth be taught in Chinese rather than Tibetan. The students report something else: they feel that the actual reason for …

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Tashi Gang monks in prison

Only 16 monks remain in Tashi Gang Monastery at Nyethang in Chushul county, just nine of whom are registered. A monk from the monastery reports that 10 Tashi Gang monks have thus far been imprisoned for political activities of whom six are still serving their sentences in various prisons in Tibet. The four released monks, all of whom were subsequently expelled from the monastery, are: Migmar Wangdu -from Tsena shang, aged in his 20’s. Tentuk – aged 25 years from Nyethang who was released about two years ago after serving five years in Drapchi Prison. Migmar – a 16 year-old …

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