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Human Rights Watch have released a new report about the increased crackdown on dissent in Tibet. The report, Relentless: Detention and Prosecution of Tibetans under China’s ‘Stability Maintenance’ Campaign, documents the Chinese government’s detention, prosecution, and conviction of Tibetans for largely peaceful activities from 2013 to 2015.

The authorities have detained people for types of expression and assembly that are protected under Chinese and international law and had been previously tolerated. Many of these cases took place in rural areas or involved segments of society not previously targeted.

The research found that many of those detained and prosecuted were local community leaders, environmental activists, and villagers involved in social and cultural activities, as well as local writers and singers. In the previous three decades, the authorities had rarely accused people from these sectors of Tibetan society of involvement in political unrest. Buddhist monks and nuns, who constituted over 90 percent of political detainees in Tibet in the 1980s, represent less than 40 percent of the 479 cases documented here.

The full report can be downloaded here: https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/05/22/relentless/detention-and-prosecution-tibetans-under-chinas-stability-maintenance


Chinese authorities have sentenced yet another Tibetan writer to prison for seven years and six months after holding him incommunicado for more than a year.

Lobsang Jamyang (Pen-name: Lomik), a prolific and courageous writer who is also a monk from the local Kirti Monastery was sentenced on charges of “leaking state secrets” and “engaging in separatist activities” at a close-door trial held at Lunggu (Ch: Wenchuan) County in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. His family members were not informed about the trial and were not provided any details on the exact date of his sentencing. Read more


As China publishes its online database of Communist Party approved Tibetan Buddhist reincarnations, with more than 400 names added last week, a vibrant online debate among Chinese and Tibetan netizens has followed a scathing critique of policies on religion in Tibet focusing on the Party’s attempts to control reincarnation by a Tibetan scholar in the PRC. Read more


[RFA] A Tibetan mother of five has burned herself to death in southwestern China’s Sichuan province in a challenge to Beijing’s rule in the second such protest in a Tibetan area of China this year, a source in the region told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

Sonam Tso, believed to have been in her 50s, self-immolated on March 23 near a monastery in Dzoege (in Chinese, Ruo’ergai) county in the Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Read more