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Inside Tibet: Rare admission of psychological impact on troops involved in counter-terror, oppressive policies

December 5, 2016

A rare admission of psychological problems among police officers involved in implementing oppressive policies in the PRC, including trauma linked to the imposition of ‘stability maintenance’ and counter-terror policies, is made in a document obtained by ICT and published by a People’s Armed Police University College.

The document, published by the Department of Military Psychology at the college in Xian earlier this year,[1] expresses alarm at the dangers of long-term trauma, debilitating fear and anxiety and combat shock that arise from the policies of ‘stability maintenance’, which has involved the dramatic expansion of the powers of military and police in both Tibet and Xinjiang backed by grass roots propaganda work and electronic surveillance. “Studies have shown that during the normal carrying out of anti-terror and stability maintenance duties, psychological problems readily arise among officers,” the paper states, adding: “There is cruelty in the anti-terror struggle.”[2]

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Inside Tibet: Tightened controls before Kalachakra; new Chinese Interpol President

November 17, 2016

  • Tightened controls and fear as Dalai Lama teaching in India approaches: passports confiscated, Tibetans on pilgrimage warned
  • Chinese security official prominent in ‘counter-terror’ drive in Tibet is appointed Interpol President

Tightened restrictions before Dalai Lama teaching

The Chinese authorities have tightened controls on Tibetans, in some areas going from house to house to confiscate people’s passports, in the buildup to a major religious ceremony to be held by the Dalai Lama in the pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya, India.

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Dangers of China’s counter-terrorism law for Tibetans and Uyghurs

Special report by ICT & FIDHM

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ICT holds High-level Roundtable on Counter-Terrorism in China

June 17, 2016

Following the adoption of a highly controversial law on counter-terror in China at the end of last year, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) held a high-level roundtable discussion on the issue on 7 June 2016.

The event, “China’s new Counter-Terrorism Law and its Impacts on Minorities”, which took place at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, aimed at exploring the scope of the new legislation that came into force on 1 January 2016, and in particular its repercussions for groups as Tibetans and Uyghurs.

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes concern by US, EU, Germany, Japan and Canada on sweeping new security laws in China

March 1, 2016

The International Campaign for Tibet today welcomed reports about concerns voiced by the United States, the EU, Germany, Japan and Canada with regard to sweeping new and planned security laws in the People’s Republic of China. As Reuters news agency reported today, the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan and the European Union, in a rare joint action, have written to China to express concern over the recently passed law on counter-terrorism, the draft cyber security law, and the draft law on management of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “We welcome this important joint action by governments around the world including the EU, questioning China’s record on human rights. China’s newly built security architecture is a major threat to human rights in China and Tibet, as particularly Tibetans run even more danger to be persecuted for their peaceful expression of religion, belief or opinion. We are strongly concerned about the new counter-terror law which will specifically target Tibetans and Uighurs. We urge the Chinese government to repeal this law and amend existing drafts of the cybersecurity and the NGO law. The joint action by the United States, the EU, Germany, Canada and Japan should remind the Chinese government that the world is looking closely at how China evolves.”

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Tightening of an invisible net: new security measures in eastern Tibet heighten surveillance, control

February 16, 2016

New systematic and long-term security measures are being rolled out in the eastern Tibetan areas of Kham and Amdo as part of an intensified control agenda set at the highest levels in Beijing and in line with a ‘counter-terror’ campaign.

“It has gone beyond a simple ‘crackdown’ now, and is much more sophisticated, and terrifying,” a Tibetan source told ICT after speaking to a number of Tibetans from different parts of Tibet. “Security is invisible and everywhere. It is no longer only armed police patrolling the streets; often we don’t know who the police are as they blend into society, and officials are in our homes, asking about every part of our lives.”

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China’s first counter-terror law and its implications for Tibet

January 7, 2016

China has passed its first counter-terror law, rejecting concerns from international governments that draconian measures in the name of national security are being used to crack down on Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese civil society and to undermine religious freedom.

The new law, which will form the blueprint for China’s counter-terrorism strategy, was passed on December 27 (2015)[1] and follows the imposition of oppressive and counter-productive policies in Tibet and Xinjiang, involving extra-judicial killings, torture and imprisonment, and crackdowns on even mild expressions of religious identity and culture. An aggressive ‘counter-terrorism’ drive in Tibet with a strongly political dimension has involved an expansion of militarization across the plateau despite the absence of any violent insurgency in Tibet.[2]

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Alarm at repressive new laws in China on counter-terror, security and NGOs

June 3, 2015

Chinese draft laws on security, counter-terrorism and non-governmental organizations that move closer to implementation this week constitute a further and more serious threat to freedom of religion and expression and deepen repression in an already restrictive political climate. The new measures, which have caused alarm in the international community, broaden the reach of the Party state still further, contracting the space for civil society.

  • Together with the National Security Law that is expected to be implemented this year, the proposed counter-terror law outlines a counter-terrorism structure with vast discretionary powers. The conflation of “terrorism” with religious “extremism” in the law gives scope for the penalization of almost any peaceful expressions of Tibetan identity, acts of non-violent dissent, or criticism of ethnic or religious policies. It also broadens the reach of the state into lay society, for instance requiring the strengthening of “counter-terrorism education” in schools.
  • The draft security law will offer a programmatic and institutional framework for measures to protect “National Security”. The proposal formulates goals and policies to promote “the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party” and to “maintain a socialist system with Chinese characteristics” and calls for “guarding against and lawfully punishing the exploitation of religion to conduct illegal and criminal activities”, while maintaining “normal order of religious activities”. Religious policy in the PRC is shaped by the ideology of the ruling Communist Party and its political imperative of maintaining power.
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