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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 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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China: End “outrageous” police violence against Tibetan protesters

Chinese authorities must end excessive use of force against peaceful Tibetan protesters, Amnesty International said after police fired on and injured dozens of demonstrators. Reports emerged today that Chinese police had opened fire on Tibetan protesters in the town of Diriu in the Tibet Autonomous Region on 6 October, injuring at least 60 people, some […]

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Investigate shooting of unarmed Tibetans, ICT urges on eve of China’s rights review at UN

October 10, 2013
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) calls on governments to request China to investigate the recent shooting of unarmed Tibetans and reports of torture, and to release those held without charge, in the context of the upcoming United Nations review of China’s human rights record.

“This shooting of Tibetans must be on the agenda of the UN’s scrutiny of China’s adherence to international human rights standards,” said Todd Stein, Director of Government Relations at ICT. “China has employed indiscriminate use of force, torture, and denial of free speech. Governments at the UPR should ensure that the Chinese delegates are made to answer for these violations of basic human rights law.”

ICT and others have reported that at least 60 Tibetans were injured, some severely, when Chinese security forces opened fire on a group protesting the detention of a local Tibetan named Dorje Dragtsel, on October 1 in Driru, Nagchu, Tibet Autonomous Region. Dragtsel was among those detained following the community’s refusal to comply with directives from a ‘patriotic education’ work team to fly the flag of the People’s Republic of China on its National Day (October 1).

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Troops open fire on Tibetans in escalating crisis in Nagchu

October 8, 2013

  • At least 60 Tibetans were injured, some seriously, on October 6 in Driru after Chinese troops opened fire on Tibetans calling for the release of a local Tibetan who had objected to orders from a ‘patriotic education’ work team prior to China’s National Day on October 1.
  • The incident followed a crackdown on September 29 in Driru (Chinese: Biru), County in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region, after a failed attempt by the authorities to compel families and monasteries in the area to raise Chinese national flags to mark the founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. More than 40 people were detained and many more seriously injured as a result of severe beatings from security forces.
  • Tsering Gyaltsen, who is in his twenties, was named by sources as being one of those seriously injured after torture in detention after police apparently singled him out as a ‘ringleader’ of the peaceful expressions of dissent. Despite his serious condition, he was prevented from receiving medical treatment for several days. He is now in hospital in Lhasa in critical condition. Other Tibetans injured by beatings or torture were unable to travel for medical treatment due to restrictions on movement in the area.
  • Militarisation has been dramatically stepped up in the Driru area after resistance to work teams sent as part of an intensified drive across the Tibet Autonomous Region to enforce loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party. Tibetans in Driru are still in danger as the authorities enforce an even more intense lockdown than before, cutting communications with the area. A notice has been disseminated in Lhasa to warn people from the county not to return there at present, according to exile Tibetan sources.
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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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ICT: At S&ED, United States should demand China investigate and prosecute those responsible for the shooting of unarmed Tibetan worshipers

July 9, 2013

The International Campaign for Tibet urges Secretary of State John Kerry, during this week’s high-level talks with his Chinese counterpart, to ask Chinese leaders to undertake an objective investigation into the shooting of unarmed Tibetans participating in a religious ceremony to venerate the Dalai Lama, and to bring those responsible to justice.

“Given that Chinese law provides for freedoms of assembly and religious belief, the U.S. should hold Chinese authorities to their obligations to investigate and prosecute those who have violated Tibetans’ exercise of these rights,” said Todd Stein, ICT Director of Government Relations. “Moreover, the Chinese should allow independent observers into Tawu to investigate this disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians.”

ICT and media outlets have reported that on July 6, at least two Tibetans were shot in the head when Chinese security forces opened fire at a crowd gathered outside Tawu in eastern Tibet. The Tibetans, who included monks and laypeople, had gathered to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday by making offerings and burning incense on a mountain considered sacred to Tibetan Buddhists. (ICT report, Tibetan monks shot as police open fire on Tibetans praying on Dalai Lama’s birthday)

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Tibetan monks shot as police open fire on Tibetans praying on Dalai Lama’s birthday

Two Tibetan monks were shot in the head and several others seriously injured after Chinese police opened fire at a crowd gathered to peacefully celebrate the 78th birthday of the Dalai Lama in Nyitso, Tawu, eastern Tibet, on Saturday (July 6). Despite the intimidating presence of high numbers of armed troops, many Tibetans still gathered […]

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