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China: Investigate torture-related death of former political prisoner Shonu Palden

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply saddened by the news of the untimely demise of former Tibetan political prisoner Mr Shonu Palden and extends heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family members and relatives. Mr Palden is survived by his wife and three children: son Tenzin Kunkyab, 8, and daughters Namgyal Dolma, 10, and Tashi Dolma, 5. TCHRD calls on the Chinese authorities to promptly initiate a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into the untimely death of Mr Palden due to torture and denial of proper medical care. A government’s obligation to investigate deaths is required …

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Tibetan nomad dies of self-immolation protest ahead of sensitive political anniversary

A Tibetan man named Tsekho died of self-immolation protest in the nomadic town of Meruma (Ch: Maierma) in Ngaba (Ch:Aba) County, Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. According to information confirmed by TCHRD, Tsekho aka Tsekho Tugchak, 44, set his body on fire at around 3.30 pm local time on 7 March to protest against China’s repressive policies in Tibet. The father of two died within minutes at the protest site. It is not known what slogans Tsekho raised during the time of his self-immolation. His self-immolation occurred three days before the …

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Tibetan man bedridden for years due to torture injuries while Chinese authorities refuse school admission to his daughter

Chinese authorities released a Tibetan man from prison before the completion of his term to avoid responsibility for his imminent death due to torture injuries. Meanwhile his daughter has been refused school admission because her father had engaged in political activities in the past. Shonu Palden, 40, was released on 24 July 2013 before the completion of his prison term. He was released early, having served only a little over a year of his two years and nine months sentence, because continued incarceration would have led to his death in prison. Since his early release, he has undergone two massive …

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