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Tibetans sentenced to long prison terms for involvement in Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday celebration

December 15, 2016

Nine Tibetans have been handed sentences ranging from five to 14 years in prison for their involvement in celebrations for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday last year. Several of the Tibetans sentenced on December 6 in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) have been imprisoned and tortured before, linked to the protests and self-immolations that have occurred in the area since 2008. Three senior Kirti monks, including a scholar close to the completion of his Geshe degree and the manager of the medical college at the monastery, received the longest sentences of between 12 and 14 years each. Tibetans had been held incommunicado for months without family or friends knowing their whereabouts, according to two Kirti monks in Dharamsala, India.

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Wave of arrests contributes to Tibet’s growing isolation

Published online October 16, 2013 by Reporters Without Borders. Please read the full article here. The Chinese authorities have stepped up their persecution of independent Tibetan news providers in recent weeks, arresting three writers who are frequent information sources for external observers on the pretext that they carried out “political activities aimed at destroying social […]

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New images of deepening crackdown in Nagchu, Tibet

October 15, 2013

New images show a broadening crackdown in Driru (Chinese: Biru), Nagchu prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), and protests by local Tibetans at the detentions of a monk and young writer. Further details about an incident in which police opened fire and killed four Tibetans, reported by Radio Free Asia, could not be fully confirmed due to the lockdown in the area and the Chinese authorities’ attempts to prevent news on the tense situation in Driru reaching the outside world. (RFA, Four Tibetans Shot Dead as Protests Spread in Driru County – October 11, 2013).

The unrest in Nagchu follows a drive to enforce loyalty to the CCP through compelling the display of the Chinese flag as part of the Party’s strategy to intensify control across the TAR as the answer to political ‘instability’. At the end of September, hundreds of officials were sent to Nagchu to enforce compliance by monasteries and families in the area.

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Shooting in Tawu on Dalai Lama’s birthday: update

July 26, 2013

The Chinese authorities have attempted to block communications in Tawu in eastern Tibet after police opened fire on Tibetans peacefully celebrating the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday on July 6, injuring at least ten people. Other Tibetans detained were tortured in custody. Social media networks and mobile phone connections have been affected as officials seek to prevent information reaching the outside world from the area.

Two Tibetans were shot in the head and at least eight others seriously injured after police opened fire at unarmed Tibetans who had gathered for a picnic and to offer prayers at a sacred mountain in Nyitso, Tawu, (Chinese: Dawu/Daofu), Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (in the Tibetan area of Kham) in Sichuan on July 6. At least 16 Tibetans were tortured and beaten after being detained by armed police, according to exile Tibetan sources. Graphic images emerged of the head wounds of one of the Tibetans while he was being treated in hospital but while Tibetan sources say the two shot in the head are still alive, no further information is known about their current condition (ICT report, Tibetan monks shot as police open fire on Tibetans praying on Dalai Lama’s birthday).

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Chinese state media blame “Dalai clique” and announce detentions in aggressive security drive against Tibetan self-immolations

The Chinese state media announced the detention of seven Tibetans in Gansu who they blame for ‘organizing’ a self-immolation, saying that they are members of the ‘Dalai clique’ and the exile activist group the Tibetan Youth Congress, based in India. The strong statement, which appears to be aimed at a Chinese audience, is indicative of […]

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Tibetan student detentions after protests in Chabcha, Rebkong

Eight Tibetan students detained after student protests in Chabcha; 18 students detained in Rebkong Booklet issued by prefectural authorities set off large demonstrations Several students seriously injured during security response to peaceful protests Three monks have been detained from a monastery near Chabcha and are accused of spreading information about the protests Eight Tibetan youths […]

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Teenage monk and model student self-immolates in Tibet

UPDATE JULY 18, 2012: When security personnel despatched from Barkham arrived at the monastery after the self-immolation, local people attempted to block them from entering the monastery. According to Lobsang Yeshi, a Kirti monk in exile in Dharamsala, India, monastery management personnel successfully prevented a tense situation from escalating when they “promised the Chinese police […]

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Detentions, fear after Lhasa self-immolations; prayer gathering in Dzamthang

Chinese security has tightened its grip on Tibetans in Lhasa following two self-immolations outside the Jokhang Temple on Sunday, May 27, with some sources reporting hundreds of Tibetans detained and intensified monitoring of Tibetans from areas outside the Tibet Autonomous Region. The self-immolations of Dargye (originally from Soruma village, Choejema township, Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang […]

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Tibetans in Rebkong continue prayer vigils, protests, despite heavy security presence

Images and footage that emerged almost immediately from Tibet shows thousands of Tibetans in Rebkong (Chinese: Tongren), Malho (Chinese: Huangnan) Tibetan Auonomous Prefecture, Qinghai (Tibetan area of Amdo) gathering to mark the passing of Sonam Dargye, a Tibetan farmer who died after self-immolating near the center of Rongpo town on Saturday (March 17) (VOA, Thousands […]

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Lockdown in Lhasa at Tibetan New Year; unprecedented detentions of hundreds of Tibetans after Dalai Lama teaching in exile

There is an intensified climate of fear in Lhasa on the eve of Tibetan New Year (Losar) and in the buildup to March 10, the anniversary of the 1959 Tibet Uprising and the start of protests that swept across the plateau in 2008. In an indication that a deepening crackdown and anti-Dalai Lama campaign has […]

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Powerful video footage, images of armed crackdown in 2008 across Tibet; Eyewitness account of militarization of Lhasa today

The Tibetan government in exile based in Dharamsala, India, has released powerful footage shot in a village outside Lhasa of Tibetan homes being raided and laypeople being detained in a major police and special forces operation in 2008. The footage, which has been subtitled into English (an ICT transcript is below) can be viewed at: […]

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China’s heavy hand in Kathmandu: Tibetans detained in advance of Zhou Yongkang visit

UPDATED AUGUST 19, 2011: The four Tibetans remaining in custody were released upon payment of several thousand Nepalese rupees each on August 18. According to the Nepalese human rights organisation, HURON, they were charged under the Public Offenses Act. The day of their release coincided with Zhou Yongkang’s departure from Nepal. Nepalese police detained eight […]

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Tibetan protests continue and spread further: official and estimated detentions surpass 2,000

Senior Delegation to Lhasa Signals Continuation of Policies Causing Tibetan Grievances Tibetan protests have continued and spread even in the presence of substantial security forces. As of March 27, the number of counties in which protests have occurred has increased to at least 42. Official Chinese reports have acknowledged more than 1,000 detentions of persons […]

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