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Human Rights Update 1998

Charged for visiting India

Tibetans returning to Tibet from India after making a pilgrimage and seeking a blessing from the Dalai Lama risk arrest, detention and heavy fines. According to an information from Ngaba county (Ch: Apa county) in Karze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (Ch: Sichuan Province). The source reported that the PSB suspected such Tibetans of having come back to “instigate the masses into carrying out anti-Chinese activities as instructed by the government-in-exile.” Many Tibetans returning from India have been subjected to around two month detention and fined 5000 yuan before their release. Those unable to pay the fine face extended detention terms and …

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Monks and nuns arrested

More reports of arrests and expulsions of monks and nuns in Tibet have been received in connection to the “Strike Hard” campaign. In October 1996, six monks of Taktsang Lhamo Monastery in Kannan prefecture in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Region Prefecture were arrested by local PSB officials. The six monks were alleged to have instigated a crowd to revolt against Chinese oppression and to have hoisted a Tibetan national flag in a prominent place in Kannan prefecture. It was said that this was the first time such political activity had taken in Kannan Prefecture and the PSB therefore took it very …

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“Democratic rights” in Tibet

In a white paper published by the central Chinese government on February 24, 1998, entitled “New progress in human rights in the Tibet Autonomous Region”, China has exerted considerable effort in providing the claim that Chinese ‘Democratic Reforms’ have led to vast improvements in almost all areas of Tibetan society. The dominant theme of the White paper is the “liberation” of the Tibetan people from their previously “backward” society as a result of Chinese development.           One of the “progress” areas referred to in the paper is “Ethnic regional autonomy system and the people’s political rights.” …

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