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China extends Tibet surveillance program for sixth year in row

China has extended a highly intrusive surveillance program for the sixth year in row in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The program involves sending tens of thousands of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and government cadres to thousands of villages, religious institutions and neighbourhood committees across TAR to monitor and surveil local Tibetans, organise anti-Dalai Lama themed political indoctrination campaigns, and entrench and expand the influence of the CCP in Tibet.

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China restricts freedom of movement of Tibetans ahead of Dalai Lama’s teachings

Last week, Nepal police detained 41 Tibetan pilgrims at the Nepal-India border for travelling without valid documents. The Tibetans were apprehended at Dhangadi, 10 km from the India border while they were on their way to attend a major religious teaching in India. After being detained by the Nepal government authorities including the Department of Immigration for three days, they were released. Among them, 39 had travelled from Tibet on Chinese passports and two were India-based Tibetan refugees.

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