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Asian Solidarity Mission to Observe Exile Tibetan Primary Election

A four-member delegation representing the Asia Democracy Network (ADN) and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) will visit Dharamsala (India) to observe the preliminary elections for the Sikyong (‘Tibetan political leader’) and members of the 16th Tibetan Parliament from 15 to 20 October 2015. ADN is a civil society led multi-stakeholders’ platform among democracy advocates and human rights defenders dedicated to the strengthening of democracy and human rights. ANFREL is an Asian regional network of civil society organizations focused on elections and election monitoring; and strives to promote and support democratization at national and regional levels in Asia. ANFREL …

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Tibetan man detained months after release from prison after serving five years

Chinese police detained a Tibetan man called Samdup Gyatso in early September 2015 for allegedly violating the terms of his release from prison because he carrying “sensitive leaflet” while travelling from eastern to western Qinghai Province, according to information published by Radio Free Asia. Samdup Gyatso is currently being detained in Dashi County Detention Centre and nobody is permitted to see him. He was detained just months after release from prison serving five years. He was released in May this year and returned to his hometown in Serthang in Dashi (Ch: Haiyan) County, Tsojang (Ch: Haibei) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai …

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Mass expulsion of nuns and land grabbing in Tibet’s Diru County

Chinese authorities have demolished a number of houses owned by Tibetans and appropriated their lands in the name of development, in addition to tightening control over monastic institutions and expelling over a hundred nuns in Diru (Ch: Biru) County in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Information received by Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) reveals that in Pekar (Ch: Baiga) Township in Diru County, for three days beginning from 27 September 2015, Sangye Yeshi, the Diru County government head visited Jada Gaden Khachoeling Nunnery and expelled 100 of the total 200 nuns from the nunnery. …

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