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Fears for the safety of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s sister and niece detained after his cremation: home area 'like a military zone'
- There are fears for the safety of the sister of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Dolkar Lhamo, and her daughter, who are still being held by police following his cremation at a remote detention facility in his 13th year of imprisonment. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a revered religious teacher convicted on false ‘bombing’ charges, was one of the most prominent Tibetan political prisoners, and a number of governments urged the Chinese authorities to grant him medical parole.
- Police acting on orders of higher authorities have seized the ashes of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche from Tibetan lamas who were carrying them back to his home monastery in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) after his cremation at a high-security detention facility where he apparently died.
- There is a deepening crackdown in Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s home area, with the deployment of increased numbers of troops.
- The hardline position being taken by the Communist Party authorities is evident in a state media article published in China Daily on July 20 (2015) entitled 'Separatist leader's death not worthy of lament'. After a week’s delay, the Chinese authorities announced that the cause of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death was 'sudden cardiac death', according to a statement issued by Xinhua on July 18, 2015.
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