Human Rights Update 1996

the panchen lama reincarnation

On 14 May 1995, His Holiness The Dalai Lama announced the discovery of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, a six year old boy from Lhari in Nagchu, northeastern Tibet, as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, Tibet’s second highest spiritual figure. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is believed to have seen escorted to […]

Arrests and demonstrations in 1996

January – Nine Monks of Palgon Chorten arrested in January for burning photos of Gyalstsen Norbu, the Chinese appointed Panchen Lama rival. One monk and one layperson arrested in Shigatse on Jan. 18. 1996 “communicating with the Dalai Lama regarding the Panchen Lama reincarnation issue’. March – Jigme Gyatso (also […]

“Yan Da” – China’s strike hard campaign in Tibet

In April 1996, the government of the PRC launched the nation-wide “Strike Hard” or “Crack Down Severely On Crimes” campaign (Chinese: Yan Da), targeted at crushing corruption and crime. Within Tibet Chinese authorities have focused on the so-called “splittists” – individuals who support Tibetan independence and the leadership of His […]

Cases of torture

In July 1996, Dorjee (Family name; Khangtsiri), a 66 year-old man of Tse-Gorthang, 124 km south-west of Chabcha Dzong in Amdo (ch: Qinghai Province), died after he was beaten up by members of the people’s Armed Police and the public Security Bureau. The authorities who visited the town raided all […]

Deaths in Custody

In 1996, TCHRD recorded three Known cases of deaths in custody in Tibet tortured by prison Officials On 6 May 1996, 19-year-old Sangye Tenphel (lay Name: Gonpo Dorjee) died due to torture whilst in Drapchi Prison. He was a monk of Khangmar Monastery in Djamshung, 162 north-west of Lhasa. Sangye […]


Four student monks of Nga-rig Kyetse-ling school (English translation: Flourishing Garden of Five Knowledges) at Kumbum Monastery in Amdo region have disappeared since their arrest in mid-March 1996. The monks had been arrested along with 21 other student monks ot the monastery who were later released in early May 1996. […]

1996: The Year in Tibet

This Special end-of-year issue of the Human Rights Update reviews the grave human rights violations which continued in occupied Tibet throughout 1996 as political arrests, or torture, deaths in custody and religious crackdowns were carried out by the authorities of the Peoples Republic of China with renewed vigour.

Birth control policy in tibet

Lhundup Ganden, a Sera monk who recently escaped to India, visited the township of Nyagra under Lhasa City  Municipal Bureau in June 1996. Except for one semi-nomadic unit, the rest of the units are inhabited by peasants. The following is a report of the sterilization policy he witnessed there. Lhundup  […]

Nun, recipient of human rights award, serving 17 year sentence.

Phuntsok Nyidon is 28 year old nun from Michungri Nunnery. She was sentenced to nine years and later eight years imprisonment, first for a peaceful demonstration and then for singing independence songs. Her dedication to the cause of human rights in Tibet earned the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1995. […]

Inmate paralysed from torture

Lhundup Ganden (layname-Tashi or Tashi Gyatso, also known as Ganden Tashi), born in 1968, is a 28 year old former Ganden monk. He arrived in Dharamshala, India, on 18 December 1996 and spoke with TCHRD the following day. On 5 March 1988, Lhundup Ganden and other Ganden monks were arrested […]