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Human Rights Update 1997

Profile: Sentenced to 17 years for “espionage”

Lukar Jam‘s prison term is one of the longest-known sentences handed down to a Tibetan Political offender in the last twenty years. It is, however, part of a noticeable pattern of Tibetans who, after spending time in India for reasons of study, pilgrimage or family, are arrested and imprisoned as “spies” for the Tibetan Government-in-Exile on their return to Tibet. Lukar Jam is a 28 year-old Tibetan from Sangnak township in Shinhai County (Chinese: Xinghai) of the Tso Lho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Ch: Hainan Prefecture), Amdo (incorporated into Chinese Qinghai Province). Lukar visited India in December 1991 where he studied …

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More work team imprisonments

Dorji Rapten is a 20-year-old monk. He reports since Chinese work-team entered his monastery, one monk has disappeared believed executed or imprisoned – and Dorji has just been released from prison. Dorji Rapten is from Dhayap Magon monastery in Pare township in Dhayap county, Kham (eastern Tibet). He was 11 years old when he joined the monastery. Dorji reports that some time in 1993, two posters were stuck in Dhayap county. Soon afterwards, a work team of 120 men arrived at Bhugon monastery. Meetings were held and the rooms of the monks were ransacked. In the room of one monk …

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Memories of prison labour sends chills

“The worst part of my two years in prison were the times when I had to go out for labour work during summer. While I was in prison there were two construction sites on which we had to work, one was a four-storey building and another was a factory for Tibetan medicine. I shudder now when I think of the workload we were subjected to. It still sends chills down my spine. Each day a group of seven men were erected to fill up 14 huge tractors full of gravel stone for construction. I worked half conscious like a zombie. …

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