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Undercover in Larung Gar: A year after demolition, world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute sliced like a melon

Larung Gar, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute, resembles a sliced melon, a year after Chinese authorities dismantled thousands of monastic residences and evicted Buddhist practitioners in Larung valley in Tibet’s Serthar (Ch: Seda) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The famed institute which used to house thousands of Buddhist practitioners has been divided into several segments with new roads and staircases taking up the spaces where once stood the homes of monks and nuns. Fresh information received from several undercover local sources by Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in late July exposes …

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Famed Tibetan dunglen artist Kelsang Yarphel released from prison after four years

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) welcomes the release of popular Tibetan singer and composer Mr Kelsang Yarphel from prison after the completion of his four-year term. Mr Yarphel, 41, was released yesterday from Mianyang Prison near Chengdu city, capital of Sichuan Province. Despite heavy restrictions, TCHRD was able to obtain photos and videos that confirm the artist’s release. In one of the videos, friends greet him with traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarves (khatas) while another showed the artist wearing a baseball cap singing at a banquet. Mr Yarphel and his family stayed overnight at Chengdu city before …

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Release Tibetan monks from arbitrary detention: Sentencing is politically motivated

Earlier this month, Chinese authorities sent two monks, Gendun Dakpa and Lobsang Sherab, to prison for allegedly ‘sharing information with outsiders’ and ‘inciting separatism’ in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in Tibet’s Amdo Province. The monks were sentenced after almost a year of incommunicado detention since August last year. On 17 June, the Trochu County People’s Court sentenced Gendun Dakpa, 40, a treasurer at Thangkor Socktsang Monastery to five years and Lobsang Sherab, 36, a staff at the monastery’s store to four years. The monks were denied the right to legal representation and barred from …

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