Human Rights Update 1998

Charged for visiting India

Tibetans returning to Tibet from India after making a pilgrimage and seeking a blessing from the Dalai Lama risk arrest, detention and heavy fines. According to an information from Ngaba county (Ch: Apa county) in Karze “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (Ch: Sichuan Province). The source reported that the PSB suspected such […]

Monks and nuns arrested

More reports of arrests and expulsions of monks and nuns in Tibet have been received in connection to the “Strike Hard” campaign. In October 1996, six monks of Taktsang Lhamo Monastery in Kannan prefecture in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Region Prefecture were arrested by local PSB officials. The six monks were […]

“Democratic rights” in Tibet

In a white paper published by the central Chinese government on February 24, 1998, entitled “New progress in human rights in the Tibet Autonomous Region”, China has exerted considerable effort in providing the claim that Chinese ‘Democratic Reforms’ have led to vast improvements in almost all areas of Tibetan society. […]

Young Patriot beaten to death

Lhakpa Tsering was born in Lhasa in 1970. Just 20 years later, on December 13, 1990, he died in Drapchi Prison from sicknesses and injuries resulting from prolonged torture in detention. Despite repeated appeals from his fellow inmates regarding Lhakpa’s critical condition, prison doctors were still refusing him medical attention […]

Arrested on return from India

Tsultrim was arrested by the Public Security Bureau in November 1997 in the town of Dram on the Nepal-Tibet border on his return from India. He had left for India in 1996 to seek blessing from the Dalai Lama and to make a pilgrimage. Tsultrim was known to have been […]

Taken in the night for sterilisation

In Shabrang village, Thonring sub-county, Rebkong county, Qinghai province (Tib: Amdo province), nine women between the ages of 18 to 45 were taken away in October 1997 to be sterilized. A vehicle came in the night and took women to the Rebkong government hospital. County officials had made an announcement […]

Work-team in Pangsa Monastery

Earlier there were 35 monks residing in Pangsa Monastery but it is reported that some have been imprisoned for political reasons and some have fled to exile to escape the “re-education” work team’s repressive policies, leaving 16 monks currently in the monastery. On 2 September 1997, a six-member work team […]

27 Monks expelled

Twenty seven monks have been reported expelled from their monasteries. Their expulsions, which took place in June 1997, bring the total figure of known expulsions in connection with China’s religious strike down launched in April 1996 to 3,993. According to the information, received from a reliable source, Chinese work-teams arrived […]

The Unbearable Life after prison

Jamphel Monlam, also known as Dadul, is 30 years old. Jamphel’s desire to be part of Tibet’s freedom struggle was strong and he became involved in a political group in Drepung monastery, resulting in a five year imprisonment. Yet Jamphel says it was not the years behind bars that were […]

five children die fleeing Tibet

Every year hundreds of Tibetan refugees attempt the hazardous journey across the Himalayan mountains to escape from Chinese-occupied Tibet. In October 1997,five more Tibetan children died attempting to escape. Their bodies had to be left in the snow with their heads facing toward their ultimate goal: India and the Dalai […]