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China’s poverty alleviation programs impoverishing Tibetan nomads

Last month, Chinese authorities announced the acceleration of the ‘pairing assistance’ program as part its overall goal to end poverty in Ba (Ch: Tongde) County (also called Ba Dzong in common Tibetan parlance) in Tsolho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Qinghai Province). The ‘pairing assistance’ program is a nation-wide initiative of dispatching party members and local cadres to gather information on rural residents and adopt preventative measures to combat sensitive political issues from gaining traction among the masses. The program is, for all practical purposes, a means to monitor and control the thoughts and activities of local Tibetans in the name of …

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Deceased self-immolator’s photo becomes available more than 6 years after fiery protest

The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has received a photo of Dorjee who died in 2012 after setting his body on fire to protest repressive policies of the Chinese government in Tibet. The photo could not be shared earlier due to pervasive surveillance and criminalisation of self-immolation protests in Tibet. A number of Tibetans had been imprisoned for sharing news and images about self-immolation on the charges of ‘leaking state secrets’ or ‘maintaining illegal contacts with outsiders’.

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2018 Annual Report on Human Rights Situation in Tibet

2018 has been a pivotal year for human rights in Tibet and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The introduction of new policies and regulations has led to an increased restriction on human rights and lives of the Tibetan people. This has resulted in the arbitrary detention and arrest of Tibetans, who have been exercising their rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of movement, religious and culture freedom and their right to an adequate standard of living, among others. The introduction of a nationwide campaign in January 2018 to eliminate all forms of  ‘organised crime’ and ‘evil forces’ codified long-standing instances …

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