Ngawang Sangpo is a 31-year-old from Medro Gongkar County under Lhasa City. A monk at Drepung Monastery, Ngawang was arrested on 5 September 1996 and sentenced to two years imprisonment for indulging in pro-independence activities. Namgyal Dhondup from Phulung Sub-county in Pashoe County in Chamdo region was arrested on 22 January 1997. Dramdul, aged 57 or 58 years, was one…

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The right to education is guaranteed in the International Convention on the Rights of the Child to which the People’s Republic of China is a State Party. An interview was recently conducted by TCHRD in Dharamsala, India, with a young female student who arrived in India from Tibet in late March 1997. Her testimonial reveals that Chinese educational policies are…

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The right to appeal is internationally recognised (International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights, article 14(5)). Recently introduced amendments to China’s criminal law makes only minor modifications to its systems of appeals. The fundamental problem in the appellate process in China remains: the reluctance of defenders to appeal, This may be due not only to the general unsuccessful of appeals,…

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Reports of economic conditions in Dayab, Chamdo region, reveal that Tibetan farmers, who depend solely on seasonal farming of barley, have had to find new means of livelihood. Farmers have begun to search for Yartsa Gunbhu, a Tibetan medicinal plant, which they, sell at market for 2 yuan each. However even this small source of income is now being targeted…

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A 23-year-old Ramoche monk called Loedo, from Dayab, has been reported missing for eight months. Loedo, who had joined Ramoche Monastery in 1993, was reportedly arrested by PSB officials from the Ramoche Monastery in August 1996 but the reason for his arrest is unknown. He was detained for approximately one month in Lhasa and was later shifted to Chamdo prison.…

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Recent reports from Tibet detail the drastic changes which have taken place in Dayab Ma-gon Monastery, situated in the Dayab county of Chamdo region, under Chinese occupation. Most recently this has taken the form of “Patriotic Re-education” activities, part of China’s implementation of their “Strike Hard” campaign in Tibet. This had the drastic effect of pushing one monk to take…

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Tibetan asylum seekers face serious dangers not only from the perilous crossing of the Himalayan mountains, but also in attempting to cross the border into Nepal. There is a consistent stream of reports detailing beatings, extortion and sexual abuse by Nepalese border police. Several months ago a 22-year-old Tibetan girl was serially raped by 12 men led by a man…

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The Chinese Government’s policy of transferring Chinese settlers into Tibet represents an immediate threat to the existence of the Tibetan people. In contravention of humanitarian law which stipulates that “an occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies” (article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, 1949), there are today an…

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