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High-profile Tibetan political prisoner hospitalized six months before release

Chinese prison authorities have admitted Jigme Gyatso, a high-profile Tibetan political prisoner, into a prison hospital in Lanzhou city, capital of Gansu Province, as he becomes eligible for release in six months. Jigme Gyatso, popularly known as Jigme Guri, was a monk at Labrang Monastery in Sangchu (Ch: Xiahe) County, Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. In September 2014, after years of speculation and concern, news surfaced that the courageous monk, who exposed Chinese torture methods to the world, had been sentenced to five years in prison for “splittist activities.” Jigme Guri was likely admitted to the Da …

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Two Tibetan youths stage self-immolation protests in Tibet and India

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply shocked and dismayed by the news of two self-immolation protests that occurred in quick succession on Monday. Both involved two Tibetan teenagers burning their bodies to bring international attention and scrutiny to the repression perpetuated by the Chinese authorities in Tibet. Till date, a confirmed number of 152 Tibetans have self-immolated, 144 in Tibet and eight outside Tibet. On Monday, at 4 pm (local time) on 29 February 2016, an 18-year-old Tibetan monk named Kalsang Wangdu of Mari Tsokha Aryaling Monastery died after setting himself on fire and calling …

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Tibetan mother secretly detained after staging peaceful solo protest amid increased repression and Internet blockade

A Tibetan mother of one has been arbitrarily detained and disappeared beginning this month after she staged a peaceful solo protest carrying a portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Meuruma (Ch: Mai’erma) Town in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in Tibet’s Amdo province. According to reliable information received by TCHRD, at around 12 pm local time on 1 March, Mangga carried a portrait of the Dalai Lama and walked along the main road of Meuruma Town, to protest against repressive policies of the Chinese government. Mangga’s peaceful solo protest …

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