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China suspected of using torture on self-immolator’s sister as Tibetan monk dies of self-immolation

A Tibetan monk named Jamyang Losel died of self-immolation protest yesterday in Chentsa (Ch: Jianzha) County, Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Jamyang, 22, died early morning on 19 May after he set himself alight near the Chentsa County government hospital. Local security officials confiscated his remains, followed by the deployment of armed police force at the site of the self-immolation protest. Local Tibetans have reported increased restriction on their movement. Internet lines remain erratic and under increased surveillance. Jamyang’s family members were turned away by the local police after they went …

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Special report on the 22nd Anniversary of the disappearance of Panchen Gedun Choekyi Nyima

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of arbitrary detention of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedun Choekyi Nyima by the Chinese government. One of Tibet’s most important spiritual leaders, the Panchen Lama has not been seen or heard from since then. On 17 May 1995, the six-year old Gedun Choekyi Nyima and his parents were arbitrarily detained by Chinese government officials. For many years, Gedun Choekyi Nyima was the world’s youngest political prisoner, and now the longest serving political prisoner assuming that he is still alive in Chinese custody. The arbitrary detention and subsequent disappearance of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is the violation …

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Senior Tibetan doctor accused of writing about human rights and the Dalai Lama detained for the second time

On 27 February, a senior Tibetan monk and head of the Mura Monastery hospital was detained for the second time by Chinese police in Machu (Ch: Maqu) County in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Khedup, 50, was taken into custody by the County Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers when collecting his personal belongings. These had been confiscated during his first arrest. The County PSB office summoned Khedup to pick up his mobile phone and other belongings and ordered the monk to come in layman clothing. He was later taken into custody …

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