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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.”

This report documents new and intrusive systems of security being imposed in Tibetan areas of the provinces of Qinghai, Sichuan and Gansu.[1] While rigorous and oppressive measures including an increase in Communist Party personnel at ‘grass roots’ levels have been in place since the 2008 protests in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), these measures to eliminate dissent and enforce compliance to Chinese Communist Party policies are now being increasingly observed in the eastern Tibetan areas of Kham and Amdo. Read more

[ICT] In response to the news that the Dalai Lama is receiving medical treatment in the U.S., hundreds of Tibetans gathered today (January 25) in the eastern Tibetan area of Kham and prayed for his long life, displaying large images of the exiled Tibetan leader.

Images and footage circulated online showing more than a thousand monks, laypeople and children participating in a prayer ceremony in a monastery in Trehor township, Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) to pray for the Dalai Lama, who is undergoing prostate treatment at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota from this week. The rare and bold public gathering shows the strength of feeling and loyalty towards the Dalai Lama. Read more

[BBC] China has published its first list of "authentic living buddhas", saying that growing numbers of fraudulent buddhas are using their status to swindle money from believers.

The spiritual cataloguing scheme has already been criticised as a means of further controlling Tibetan affairs. "This living Buddha database and the whole policy toward reincarnation is clearly a pre-emptive move by the government to control what happens after this Dalai Lama," Amnesty International's Nicholas Bequelin told Time magazine in December 2015, when the list was first announced. It's also seen as a means of confirming state choices for other religious appointments. Read more

China: No End to Tibet Surveillance Program

Published in Latest news
Monday, 18 January 2016

[HRW] Chinese authorities have indefinitely extended an intensive surveillance program in villages across the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) that was due to end in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. There are indications that the “village-based cadre teams” (zhucun gongzuodui) scheme, which is unprecedented in China, will become permanent.

Since their deployment in 2011, the teams have carried out intrusive surveillance of Tibetans in villages, including questioning them about their political and religious views, subjecting thousands to political indoctrination, establishing partisan security units to monitor behavior, and collecting information that could lead to detention or other punishment. Read more