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China must investigate death of Tibetan lama in prison; release his relatives from detention

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) condemns the illegal and incommunicado detention of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s relatives and calls for immediate investigation into the death of Rinpoche in Chuangdong Prison near Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China (PRC). Information received by TCHRD confirms the arbitrary detention of Rinpoche’s sister Dolkar Lhamo, age 52, and niece Nyima Lhamo, age 25, at an undisclosed location after they submitted a petition calling for an investigation into circumstances leading to Rinpoche’s death. Both women were detained on 17 July from a restaurant in Chengdu by police officers from …

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DEATH IN DETENTION: China refuses to release body of former village head turned political prisoner to family members

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply saddened and appalled by the death in detention of yet another political prisoner in Tibet. Of more immediate concern is the refusal by Chinese prison authorities to release the body of the deceased, and no death certificate has been issued or an autopsy done. Lobsang Yeshi, a former village head and father of eight children, died at the age of 64, at around 2 pm on 19 July 2015 in a hospital in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). He was born and raised in Kewa Village of Thong Par …

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Tibetan mother disappeared for peacefully protesting against government repression

Chinese police have arbitrarily detained a young Tibetan mother for protesting peacefully with a portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in her hand in Tibetan province of Amdo. The woman has been identified as 22-year-old Wangmo from Village no. 3 of Meuruma (Ch: Mai’erma) Township located in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. According to information received by TCHRD, on July 15 Wangmo walked up the main road of Meuruma town to protest repressive policies of the Chinese government. She was seen holding a portrait of the Dalai Lama. She was …

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