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Human Rights Update 1997

Freedom of expression void

Chinese President Jiang Zemin claimed, “China’s citizens enjoy the freedom of assembly, speech and demonstration and protests”, during his visit to Canada on November 29, 1997. In contrast with this, hundreds of Tibetans have been arrested by Chinese authorities solely for voicing their opinions or gathering to peacefully call for human rights respect in Tibet. Four new cases of Tibetans arrested for expressing their religious and political views have been received. Menpa Dorjee, a 55-year-old from Rebkong County in Tsongon (Ch: Qinghai) County, was arrested in March 1997 for hanging the Tibetan national flag in the middle of the street …

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85 Tibetan women sterilised

In Chabcha district in Tsolho (Ch: Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture under Tsongon, Chinese authorities have launched a strict birth control policy. Since the start of 1997, 85 Tibetan women have been sterilised and 113 were force to go undergo abortions. This appeared in the Official Qinghai Tibetan Daily Newspaper published on 12 June 1997. This incident took place in 13 villages in Chabcha County under Tsongon (Ch: Qinghai) county. The regional head of Chabcha County passed a resolution to implement the birth control policy and decided to award those in the village who best succeed in implementing the policy. Under …

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Birth control policy in Amdo

The Chinese authorities claim to have achieved good results with regard to the implementation of their birth control policy in Tso Jang (Ch: Haibei) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province. It was reported in the Qinghai Tibetan Daily Newspaper on 8 August 1997 that, in 1996, the birth control officials succeeded in inserting contraceptive coils in 2958 women in the region. This has reportedly resulted in reducing the birth rate of the region from 86.13% to 85.73%. The Chinese Communist Party and government officials have implemented the birth control policy in accordance with the following points: Regulation of birth control …

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