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China deploys security forces to prevent Tibetans from protesting water diversion project

Chinese authorities are forcibly implementing a river diversion project that will have disastrous consequences on the availability water sources for local Tibetan farmers and their herds of cattle in Chumar (Ch: Quma) Township in Bayan Khar (Ch: Hualong) Hui Autonomous County, Tsoshar (Ch: Haidong) Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Tibetans living in five villages of the Chakchu area will be affected by the project that began this month to divert Chakchu (also known as ‘Drampa’) river. The predominantly farming communities in Traseng, Dro, Gonpo Gyu, Achok and Adhey villages are concerned that they will face water scarcity …

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Chinese authorities threaten family to hand over former Tibetan political prisoner who lives in exile

In a shocking case of reprisals against a former Tibetan political prisoner living in India, Chinese authorities have subjected his family members including his elderly mother to illegal detention in Pema (Ch: Baima) County in Golok (Ch: Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The family was threatened of severe consequences if they failed to hand over the former political prisoner to the authorities.

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Tibetan monk’s account reveals torture and sexual abuse rampant in China’s ‘political re-education’ centres

A first-hand account written by a former detainee reveals the horror that goes on in the name of ‘legal education’ inside the secretive walls of ‘re-education centres’ established by Chinese authorities in Tibet. Written by a monk whose identity is kept anonymous for security reasons, the account validates anecdotal evidence collected by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in recent years on the existence of such extralegal centres used to educate ‘politically unreliable’ Tibetans. For instance, Tibetan writer and teacher Gangkye Drupa Kyab was forced to attend 15-day re-education classes soon after his release from prison in …

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