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Human Rights Update 1996

Profile: New longest imprisoned female political prisoner

Ngawang Sangdrol, a nineteen-year-old nun, has had her sentence extended by nine years. With a total of 18 years behind bars, she will be the longest imprisoned female political prisoner in Tibet. Ngawang Sangdrol (layname Rigchog) was born in Lhasa in 1977, and later joined Garu Nunnery (5 kilometres north […]

Tibetan Artist Tortured

This week the Tibet Information Network (TIN) reported a Tibetan artist who specialised in painting portraits of the Dalai Lama had been found in a state of severe shock in a public toilet in the Lhasa Barkor area soon after being released from a police Detention Centre. Yungdrung, an artist […]

Religious repression continues: Monk expelled from “splittist” mo...

The following is taken from an account provided to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy on 26 November by Tsultrim Gyaltsen who arrived in India this week from Tibet. Tsultrim Gyaltsan is a 20-year-old monk from Dunbhu Choekhor Monastery (Sakya Monastery) in Chideshol under Lhokha sub district. A […]

Tibetan dissident under house arrest

Yulo Dawa Tsering, a 58-year-old abbot at Ganden Monastery and former teacher of Philosophy at the University of Tibet, was the first Tibetan to be arrested when the Tibetan independence movement regained vigour in 1987. He was arrested in December 1987 and sentenced for 10 years as a result of […]

The Dalai Lama condemns cultural genocide in Tibet

During an interview with Le Monde daily newspaper in his recent visit to France, His Holiness the Dalai Lama condemned China’s cultural genocide in Tibet, although he stressed that he remained open to negotiations with Beijing without pre-conditions. His Holiness emphasised that he was not demanding Tibet’s independence, only its […]

Profile: Tibet’s longest imprisoned political prisoners

Tibetans suspected of opposing policies of the PRC have frequently been detained as political prisoners for extraordinarily lengthy periods. Many remain in detention today, having spent the best part of their lives behind bars. We shall be profiling some of these prisoners of conscience in future Human Rights Updates, beginning […]

Discrimination in school

The following information was provided by Jamyang Dargyal who had studied in this school for three years. Bayan County Nationality School in Amdo (Chinese: Qinghai) is a day-cum-boarding school primarily for ethnic minorities. The school admits Tibetans and Chinese Muslims. In the early 1980’s the school fees and expenses were […]

The words of Ngawang Choephel

Last month the People’s Republic of China (PRC) officially acknowledged the detention of Ngawang Choephel, a Tibetan musician and scholar arrested by Chinese authorities in August 1995 while travelling in Tibet. Ngawang was undertaking some preliminary research for the creation of a documentary on the traditional folk music and performing […]

hunger strike in drapchi prison

According to new arrivals from Tibet, on 19 April 1996 female political prisoners in Drapchi Priaon went on a hunger strike as a protest against a prison order forbidding the families of the prisoners from bringing them food.  The prisoners also protested against the poor prison diet. 81 of the […]

discrimination in language

A recent update by the Tibet Information Network reports further actions taken by the authorities of the PRC to discriminate against the use of Tibetan language in educational Institutions within Tibet. In December 1996, authorities announced that the History of Tibet course at the University of Tibet is to be […]