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Special Report on Prisoners of Conscience in Tibet

On 25 April 2017, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) released a special report titled “Prisoners of Conscience in Tibet” on the 28th birthday of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima. Who went missing 22 years ago along with his parents after they were detained by Chinese officials in Tibet. The Panchen Lama’s case has become one of the world’s longest enforced disappearances, the answer to which is considered a top state secret by the Chinese government. Considering the rising number of prisoners of conscience in Tibet, TCHRD has compiled a special report that can be …

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Special Report on Bilingual Education Policy in Tibet

The report titled ‘Bilingual Education Policy in Tibet: The Systematic Replacement of Tibetan Language with Mandarin Chinese’ was released on 7 April 2017 at a panel discussion organised by Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (TCHRD) and the Tibetan Writers Abroad PEN Centre. The report takes an in-depth look at China’s language policy particularly in relation to mother languages of the so-called minority nationalities such as Tibetans and Uyghurs; analysis of International and Chinese legal provisions regarding language rights; and provides recommendations in implementing a genuine bilingual education policy that will give precedence to Tibetan as a medium of …

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Death in Detention: TCHRD Submission to UN Committee Against Torture

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) submitted an alternative report to UN Committee Against Torture ahead of its review of the Fifth Periodic Report of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on implementation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention Against Torture). The Convention Against Torture prohibits torture and requires governments to take effective measure to prevent torture, and prosecute torturers. Since the PRC’s periodic review by the Committee Against Torture (CAT) in 2008, there have been 30 known cases of Tibetans dying in detention. In 2014, 11 Tibetans …

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