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China’s ill-advised development policy led to protest by Tibetan graduates

  A group of Tibetan graduates staged a peaceful protest against unfair dismissals from jobs that later ended in detention in Machu (Ch: Maqu) County in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, in Tibet’s Amdo province. The protest took place at around 3:30 pm local time on 8 April 2016 in front of the county government office. About 29 graduates took part in the protest holding a banner in Tibetan and Chinese that read: “Reform public sector employment practices by blocking outside graduates!” Local police later broke up the protest and detained the protesters at the county detention …

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Revoke discriminatory, unjust verdict against Tibetan writer Shokjang

  The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) calls on the Chinese authorities to revoke the verdict to sentence Tibetan writer Drukar Gyal, also known as ‘Druklo’ (pen name: Shokjang) on baseless charge of “inciting separatism”. Shokjang’s sentencing is discriminatory, unjust and politically motivated with no basis in Chinese law. On 17 February 2016, the Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Shokjang to three years imprisonment and two years deprivation of political rights for “inciting separatism”. As reported by TCHRD, Shokjang had rejected the court verdict, calling it groundless, and decided to appeal against the verdict. A …

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Tibetan man kills self in detention to avoid custodial torture

  A Tibetan man committed suicide after local police detained him in Markham (Ch: Mangkang) County in Chamdo (Ch: Changdu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region. Media reports quoting Tibetan sources reported the suicide death of Mr Tashi, 30, on 11 March 2016 at Tsangshul Detention Centre in Markham County. Tashi had been detained on an unknown date before 10 March 2016, which was the 57th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day. Exile Tibetan sources were also quoted as saying that police officers subjected Tashi to severe beatings and torture in detention. Unable to bear the brutal torture, he killed himself on …

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