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Choekyi Released

Fears for health of Tibetan monk jailed for celebrating Dalai Lama’s birthday

January 30, 2019

There are growing fears about the welfare of a Tibetan monk who was released from prison this month after spending three-and-a-half years in jail for wearing a t-shirt that celebrated the Dalai Lama’s birthday.

The monk named Choekyi (Chinese:Queji), who was the subject of a European Parliament emergency resolution calling for his release last year is suffering from serious ill-health and pain that was exacerbated by hard labor and solitary confinement in prison. He was denied health care in custody, and, even since his release, he has not been allowed to receive medical treatment.

Choekyi was detained in June 2015 after he wore a t-shirt with Tibetan writing celebrating the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday that year and posted messages of good wishes on social media.

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Inside Tibet: Use of “lie-detector” to test Communist Party members indicates escalation of control in Tibet

May 15, 2017

Officials in an area of eastern Tibet are being compelled to undergo a polygraph test, popularly known as a ‘lie-detector test,’ linked to an evaluation of their political loyalty to the CCP. The news, published in the state media, is evidence of a disturbing new level of intrusion into the private lives and thoughts of Tibetans, indicating the atmosphere of suspicion and paranoia in the official sphere and the CCP’s insecurities over the erosion of its authority.

The state media report from Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) stated that the lie-detector test was being imposed in order to establish the “true feelings” of Party cadres in the region. While it stated that this is a matter of establishing their “psychological stability”, the priority of the authorities appears to be to ensure political loyalty to the CCP and compliance with CCP policy.

The introduction of lie-detectors to test even Communist Party officials represents an escalation of the CCP’s efforts to assert its dominance in a climate it has created of fear and mistrust. It is also an implicit acknowledgement that in the official sphere as well as in the wider society, many Tibetans remain loyal to the Dalai Lama and maintain their strong sense of identity as Tibetans.

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Reports on Tibet by Washington Post journalist win two major awards

May 15, 2017

A report by Washington Post China Bureau Chief Simon Denyer of a Tibetan woman’s death that was silenced by police won a Human Rights Award from the Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong (FCCHK) at an event on May 13, 2017.

Correspondent Simon Denyer’s article,“A woman’s gruesome hanging shocked Tibet — but police have silenced all questions,” was chosen in the English Spot News category. Simon had travelled to Tibet to follow the story of the death of 27-year-old Tsering Tso, who was found hanged by a small bridge near her home, and published the report in August 2016. Simon’s report followed the publication in English, translated by ICT, of a rare appeal to Xi Jinping by a group of Tibetan villagers in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) whose attempts to seek justice for the death of a local woman were met with a brutal crackdown by police acting in complicity with local officials.

The Human Rights Awards are jointly organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. According to a statement by FCCHK, they were ”the first such honours created in Asia and are the region’s top awards for human rights-related reporting.” There were 122 submissions from English-language print and broadcast media and 58 photojournalism entries.

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Chinese police officer dies after Kardze shooting; pregnant wife of Tibetan killed commits suicide

August 28, 2014

  • The pregnant wife of a Tibetan teenager who died after being shot and detained by police following a peaceful protest in Kham has committed suicide, according to Tibetan sources in exile.
  • Reports are emerging that a Chinese police officer also died after being accidentally shot by troops when they opened fire on a crowd of unarmed Tibetans protesting the detention of Shugba village leader Wangdak.
  • There is now a total of seven known deaths following the shooting in Sershul, Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) on August 12. Four Tibetans died of untreated wounds in custody, while a Tibetan named by sources as Lo Palsang from Shugba village, who had been wounded in the demonstration, committed suicide in custody.
  • Wangdak’s maternal aunt, named by exile Tibetan sources as 64-year old Dawa Lhamo, was so severely tortured in Sershul (Chinese: Shiqu) county detention center that she has been hospitalized, with family prevented from visiting her.

Eighteen-year old Jinpa Tharchin was one of the Tibetans who died after their wounds were left untreated, compounded by torture in detention. On August 18, Jinpa Tharchin’s wife, who was seven months pregnant, committed suicide by hanging herself.

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Death toll increases in Kardze as three more Tibetans die of untreated wounds after shooting

August 21, 2014

Three more Tibetans died of untreated wounds after paramilitary troops fired upon unarmed Tibetans in Kardze, the Tibetan area of Kham, last week. (ICT report, Tibetans with wounds after shooting denied medical treatment: deployment of military leads to mass detentions in village in Kham) This follows the death of two other Tibetans held in custody, one of whom committed suicide, while the other died of untreated wounds.

The three Tibetans who died at the detention centre in Loshu (Chinese: Luoxu) in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi,) were identified by exile Tibetan sources as Tsewang Gonpo, 60; Yeshe, in his early forties, and Jinpa Tharchin, who was 18. Their bodies were returned to their families earlier this week.

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Tibetans with wounds after shooting denied medical treatment: deployment of military leads to mass detentions in village in Kham

August 18, 2014

  • A week after troops opened fire on unarmed Tibetan demonstrators in a village in Kardze, the authorities are denying medical treatment to those with bullet wounds and have detained numerous other Tibetans in a sweeping crackdown in the area.
  • One Tibetan committed suicide in custody yesterday (August 17), while another died apparently due to untreated wounds, according to Tibetan sources in exile.
  • Tibetan males over the age of 12 or 13 have been detained from their homes in the village of Shugba, leaving only older people, women and young children in many houses in the area, according to the same sources.

Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “This alarming news indicates that the authorities in this area are apparently acting with complete and dangerous impunity. Not only was lethal force once again used to suppress a peaceful demonstration, but now two Tibetans have died in horrifying circumstances in detention. As a matter of urgency, the international community must express its abhorrence of these acts by officials and paramilitary police in Kardze and call upon the central leadership in Beijing to ensure that the wounded are allowed medical treatment and released from custody, and that the detentions of Tibetans following the protest must end.”

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Ten Tibetans injured after police open fire in Kardze, Tibet

August 13, 2014

Around ten Tibetans were injured in Sershul, Kardze, Sichuan, yesterday (August 12) after paramilitary police opened fire on a crowd of Tibetans protesting the detention of a respected village leader, according to Tibetan sources. The area, in the Tibetan region of Kham, is now under tight control, with local Tibetans including the elderly and children subject to interrogation, according to several Tibetan sources in exile.

Images from the area circulating on social media depicted Tibetans with what appear to be serious wounds on the head and torso following the incident yesterday (August 12) in Loshu (Chinese: Luoxu) Township in Sershul (Chinese: Shiqu) county in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi).[1]

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‘New Year of Mourning’ in Tibet: Police again open fire killing Tibetan

At least one Tibetan was killed yesterday (January 24) when police opened fire on Tibetan protestors in Serthar (Chinese: Seda) in Kardze. This shooting death occurred a day after police killed a Tibetan called Yonden during a protest in Draggo (Chinese: Luhuo) also in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan (the Tibetan area of Kham) on […]

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Tibetan nun self-immolates in Kardze: continued resistance despite Chinese crackdown

A Tibetan nun called Palden Choetso set fire to herself yesterday (November 3) in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, the Tibetan area of Kham. The state news agency Xinhua confirmed the self-immolation and reported that the nun died after setting herself on fire at about 12:50 p.m. near her nunnery in Tawu […]

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11th self-immolation in Tibet; Kardze monk sets fire to himself during religious ceremony

Dawa Tsering, a monk in his thirties from Kardze monastery in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prececture in Sichuan, set fire to himself on the morning of October 25, becoming the 11th Tibetan to have self-immolated since March 2009, and the tenth since March of this year. Details from various exiled sources indicate that Dawa […]

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Dozens of Tibetans imprisoned in new wave of Kardze demonstrations: protest in Lhasa by Dargye monk

Dozens of Tibetans imprisoned in Kardze in new wave of demonstrations in the holiest month of the Tibetan calendar Monk from Dargye detained in demonstration in Lhasa, already under intense crackdown and closed to tourists in the buildup to further anniversary celebrations Dozens of Tibetans have been imprisoned in a new wave of protests in […]

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Tongkor Monastery

New measures reveal government plan to purge monasteries and restrict Buddhist practice

Sweeping new measures introduced in Kardze to purge monasteries of monks and restrict religious practice in the wake of protests across the plateau reveal a systematic new attack on Tibetan Buddhism that is reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution. The new measures, which will apply to hundreds of monasteries, strike at the heart of Tibetan religious […]

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Tongkor Monastery

Aggressive anti-Dalai Lama campaign in Kham; imminent food shortages feared as result of security sweep

An aggressive anti-Dalai Lama campaign has been stepped up in the Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) area of Sichuan province (the Tibetan area of Kham) and further reports have reached ICT of the crackdown and suppression of protests there. In some rural areas of Kham, there are fears for the year’s harvest as the security sweep has […]

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Mural of the Dalai Lama

Eight Tibetans killed in Kardze: new phase in protests in Tibet

At least eight Tibetans were killed yesterday in eastern Tibet after armed police fired on a crowd of several hundred monks and laypeople after an incident in which monks were detained after they objected to an intensified ‘patriotic education’ campaign, including photographs of the Dalai Lama being thrown to the ground, according to reliable sources. […]

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