China’s legal reforms won’t work without structural changes in its criminal justice system

On 24 October 2016, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began the sixth plenum, an annual meeting of senior members of the CCP that shapes policy. The last three plenums since Xi Jinping became president have produced some human rights reforms that fail to address the structural problems in the People’s […]

China ‘disappears’ two monks in connection with protests against land grab

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply concerned about the fate of two monks who remain ‘disappeared’ two months after their detention by Chinese security personnel.  Lobsang Sherab and Gendun Dakpa, both monks at Thangkor Socktsang Monastery, were arbitrarily detained at Thangkor (Ch: Tangke) Town in Dzoege (Ch: Ruoergai) County, […]

China: Hold police accountable for excessive use of force against Tibetan protester

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) strongly condemns the excessive force used against a peaceful Tibetan protester by local Chinese police in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. A Tibetan monk named Lobsang Tsultrim, age […]

Demolition of leading Tibetan Buddhist institute reveals no change in China’s policy of religious repression

The ongoing demolition of monastic dwellings and eviction of monks and nuns at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute, one of the leading centres for Buddhist scholarship and practice in Tibet, demonstrate that religious freedom remains a distant reality for religious believers in Tibet. Since 20 July, Chinese government-employed demolition squads have […]

China arrests Tibetan man who helped protect self-immolator’s body four years ago

Chinese authorities recently arrested a Tibetan man because he helped to protect the body of a self-immolation protester from falling into the hands of the police four years ago in his hometown in Sangkhok Township in Labrang (Ch: Sangchu) County, Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) ‘Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’ (‘TAP’), Gansu Province, in […]

Two Tibetans imprisoned for singing songs about self-immolation released after 4 years

Two Tibetan singers imprisoned for four years for releasing a music album were released on 3 October from Mianyang Prison and received a warm welcome from friends and well-wishers including former political prisoners in Meuruma Town in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, […]

Tibetan man imprisoned in connection with sister’s self-immolation released after three years

Chinese authorities have released a Tibetan man after he completed a three-year sentence for allegedly having links with the self-immolation protest of his sister in Dzamthang (Ch: Rangtang) County, Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Exile Tibetan sources have reported […]

China detains recently-released Tibetan writer and his friend for ‘brainwashing class’

Tibetan writer and teacher Gangkye Drupa Kyab was detained again on 17 September, a day after his release from prison. He had served more than four years and a half for merely exercising his right to freedom of expression and thought. His friend, Samdup, who had been released on 19 […]

‘No, We Have Not Forgotten You’: Canadian writer dedicates book to Gangkye Drupa Kyab

In  a moving letter addressed to Tibetan writer Gangkye Drupa Kyab, Sylvain Meunier, a Montreal-based Quebecois writer expressed her indignation at Kyab’s unjust imprisonment. As a gesture of solidarity, Meunier also dedicated one of her books, ‘The Night of the Psychedelic Nurses’ to Gangkye Drupa Kyab, who was released earlier […]

Tibetan writer and teacher Gangkye Drupa Kyab released before completion of prison term

Gangkye Drupa Kyab, a Tibetan writer and teacher, was released after four years and seven months from Minyak Rangakha Prison located in the southwestern part of Tibet’s Kham province in present-day Sichuan Province. Gangkye Drupa Kyab was released at around 5 pm local time on 16 September 2016 before the […]