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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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Monk sentenced to two years for keeping and sharing Dalai Lama’s photos

A Tibetan monk from Rongwo Monastery in Rebkong has been sentenced to two years for keeping and sharing photos of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Rebkong (Ch: Tongren) County, Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The verdict came after the monk was subjected to seven months long secret detention. On 17 February 2016, the Malho Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Gomar Choephel to two years imprisonment under the charges that he “threatened social stability” and “engaged in separatist activities”. The real reason for his imprisonment was he had kept and shared Dalai Lama’s photos on social networking sites. …

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Tech companies should follow ‘Code of Conduct for Businesses Operating in Tibet’

Early this year, Microsoft concluded that Chinese authorities were responsible for hacking thousands of Hotmail accounts belonging to Tibetans and Uyghurs. The hacking occurred from 2009-2011 and involved forwarding e-mails the victim received to an e-mail account controlled by the attacker. At the time Microsoft decided not to inform the victims because it could not identify the source of the attacks. Microsoft has since changed its policy and will warn victims if their accounts are attacked.  At about the same time that the Hotmail accounts were being hacked, activists using Gmail had their e-mail accounts targeted. Google was already wary …

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