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70 year old monk flees Tibet after 13 years prison

Thupten Tsering  is a 70 year old monk, formerly of Sera monastery. He arrived in Dharamshala on December 18, 1996 and spoke with TCHRD the next day. Thupten Tsering entered Sera monastery at the age of seven. From 1956 to 1959 he served as the treasurer or store-keeper at the monastery. During the 1959 uprising, Thupten tsering and others were arrested but later released. In 1966 Thupten Tsering was arrested for the second time for trying to escape to India with documents verifying the inception of the Cultural Revolution in Tibet. This time Thupten Tsering was sentenced to seven years …

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PRC sentences pro-democracy leader

On 30 October 1996, the PRC sentenced pro-democracy leader Wangdhen to 11 years imprisonment. Just weeks earlier, Liu Xiabo, another prominent pro-democracy activist, was sent to Labour Camp for 3 years for “re-education through labour” without trial for penning an open letter to China calling for Tibetan autonomy and labour reforms. A speaker for Human Rights Watch stated, “The government has effectively wiped out the Chinese dissident movement for the foreseeable future.” Amnesty International, in an open letter to PRC Prime Minister Li Peng, expressed a grave concern at the trend towards increased repression in China, despite international claims that …

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Activist flees Tibet

The following is taken from an account provided to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy this week by Jamyang Dhargyal, a new arrival from Tibet. He fled Tibet for India in 1993 but returned to his homeland in 1995 determined to make Tibetans aware of international support for the Tibetan cause. He carried with him speeches of the Dalai Lama, copies of the foreign-produced Chinese “Democratic Magazine” and other publications. “Unfortunately upon reaching Kyidong, I was caught by the Chinese Army, detained for 18 days, and systematically tortured during interrogations. I was then transferred to Shigatse, Lhasa, Xiling and Drotsang within the space of a year and endured …

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