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Chinese Barr Prisoner Meeting in Tibet Autonomous Region

DHARAMSHALA: Reports coming out of Tibet say, an internal notice sent to all the prisons and detention centers of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in March 2012, has barred all prisoners from meeting their friends and family.

The notice has also clearly outlined a need for stricter vigilance in the prisons and has directed all the prison officials to closely monitor the movements of the Tibetan prisoners.

Lawyers and legal advisers of the prisoners were asked to get the permission only from the chief warden and were allowed only a limited amount of time for case discussion.

The reason for stricter rules in the prison was cited as public security and the welfare of Lhasa residents.

Most of the detention centres and prisons of the Tibet Autonomous Region are situated on the north west of Lhasa. These prisons were built rapidly in 1983 and was used ever since for secret detention of political prisoners and dissidents.

Many respected monks from the three main monasteries of Tibet were also reportedly arrested and detained in these prisons and tortured.

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Nancy Pelosi’s Statement to the 6th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement at the 6th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet, in Ottawa, Canada from April 26-28.  The statement was read on Leader Pelosi’s behalf at the conference on Friday, April 27th.:

“Thank you for your invitation to be with you today for the 6th World Parliamentarian’s Convention on Tibet.  And thank you for your work in bringing together such a distinguished group of parliamentarians and advocates for the cause of Tibet.

“This multilateral approach is an essential mechanism for advocating for the Tibetan people and ensuring that world parliamentarians speak with one voice.

“For all of us here today, it is an extraordinary privilege to be in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  His Holiness is one of the greatest voices for democracy and human rights across the globe.  His clarion call for the freedom of Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world.

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Chinese disallow all prison visits from family members in Tibet

DHARAMSHALA: Reports coming out of Tibet say, an internal notice sent to all the prisons and detention centers of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in March 2012, has barred all prisoners from meeting their friends and family.

The notice has also clearly outlined a need for stricter vigilance in the prisons and has directed all the prison officials to closely monitor the movements of the Tibetan prisoners.

Lawyers and legal advisers of the prisoners were asked to get the permission only from the chief warden and were allowed only a limited amount of time for case discussion.

The reason for stricter rules in the prison was cited as public security and the welfare of Lhasa residents.

Most of the detention centres and prisons of the Tibet Autonomous Region were situated on the north west of Lhasa. These prisons were built rapidly in 1983 and was used ever since for secret detention of political prisoners and dissidents.

Many respected monks from the three main monasteries of Tibet were also reportedly arrested and detained in these prisons and tortured.

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Chinese Government Notification Restricts Tibetan NGOs in Kardze - Tibet

The Chinese authorities in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province have issued a notification aimed at restricting the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kardze Prefecture.

 

The notification issued on 26 April 2012 requires all non-governmental 'social organizations' to register with the prefectural-level Bureau of Civil Affairs failing which these organizations will be declared illegal, reported the Chinese government-owned Ganzi Daily News on 27 April 2012.

 

The NGOs in Kardze Prefecture will get registration only when they meet the registration criteria listed by the government, the report added quoting the notification issued by the prefectural Bureau of Civil Affairs.

 

The notification further announced that relevant government authorities will investigate the nature and activities of the NGOs and if found ineligible for registration, these NGOs will be closed.

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Four Tibetan Monks Arrested - Now "Disappeared"

DHRAMSHALA: Reports coming out of Tibet say, four Tibetan monks from Kham Dragko Gochen monastery are arrested by the Chinese police and have gone missing ever since.

Tulku Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche, Tsewang Namgyal, Thinley and Dalha were arrested by the Chinese police four days after the peaceful protest against the Chinese government on 23 January, 2012 in Dragko.

Tulku Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche, 40, was a revered reincarnated lama while the other three were respectable monks of the monastery. All four of them were not tried in any court and were not given any sentence. Their well being and current whereabouts is unavailable.

According to a reliable source inside Tibet, one of them is reported to have been killed by Chinese police.

 

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Tibetans Heavily Sentenced for January Drango Protest

A court in Sichuan Province has sentenced 16 Tibetans after their arrest in the aftermath of the 23 January protests in Drango (Chinese: Luhuo) County, Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province.

On 26 April 2012, a court (name not known at this time) in Sichuan province sentenced 16 Tibetans, including both monks and laymen, for their involvement in the 23 January protest.

Sonam Lhundup, a Tibetan in his 30’s, was sentenced to life imprisonment and 15 others to varying terms.

Kuntho (in 20’s) was sentenced to 13 years prison term. Jebay and Wangchen Tsering (in their 30’s), from Gyephen Likhokma village, were handed prison terms of 12 years and 9 years, respectively. Kundup (in 30’s) was sentenced to 11 years jail terms while 25-yrs-old Choenam and 50-yrs-old Azi Shopo were sentenced to 3 years each. Nyendak (in 30’s) was sentenced to 1 year and 8 months term, Phurwa Tsering (in 30’s) to 2 years and, Wangtse (in 20’s) to a year and 9 months term.

The details of the charges made against them are not known immediately.

In another incident, seven more Tibetans were sentenced, said sources.They were Tibetans who were arrested after the protests in Drango County earlier this year.

Sonam Dhargyal, son of Sonam Dadhul and Kyalu of Gukteng village, was sentenced to 10 years term. Pema Woesel, son of Gyepa, from Gunang village was sentenced to 5 years term. The other five Tibetans were sentenced from 10 to 13 years terms. The identities of these five Tibetans are not known at this time of reporting.

The exact date and the court which handed the sentences to these seven Tibetans are unclear.

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Repression continues In Drakgo, Several Sentenced to Varying Prison Terms

DHARAMSHALA: Since the peaceful protest against the Chinese government in Kham Drakgo, Chinese military personnels have maintained a strict and repressive presence in the area. Scores of Tibetan monks and lay persons were arrested arbitrarily during the protests and sentenced to various prison terms.

Sonam Dhargyal was one such individual who was arrested during the protest. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison while Pema Woesel, another Tibetan, was sentenced to 5 years. Five other individuals were also sentenced to varying prison terms for their role in the peaceful protests against the Chinese government in Kham Drakgo on 23 January, 2012.

Latest reports coming out of Tibet also say that another 16 Tibetans were sentenced to differing prison terms on 26 April. Wangchen Tsering,30, was sentenced to 9 years in prison while Chonam (25),Azi Shopo (50s),Jhipe (30),Kuntho (20s),Kundup (30),Nyendak (30s),Phurpa Tsering (30s)and Wangtse (20s) were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 2 to 13 years. One person, Sonam Lhundup was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The exact details of the names and the terms of the sentence of all the 16 Tibetans sentenced are not clear yet.

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Chinese government addresses unrest in Tibet with threats and cash to informants

Recently-obtained copy of Chinese directive:

Offers minimum cash reward of 5,000 yuan to informants
Threatens Tibetans with imprisonment for so-called ‘separatist’ activities
Warns against using the internet, phone or social networks to share information about protests
An official Chinese government directive in eastern Tibet where numerous protests – including by self-immolation —have taken place calls on the public to inform on individuals engaged in “splittism,” warns that officials will “severely crack down” on Tibetans who engage in these activities, and aims to curtail information from leaving Tibet. The directive was posted publicly throughout all eight counties of Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu province (Tibetan area of Amdo), according to Tibetan exile sources who are in possession of an original copy. The public directive, issued in Tibetan and Chinese, was reportedly posted on March 9, 2012, one day before many Tibetans observe the anniversary of their Uprising Day in 1959.  Original official Chinese documents, even those publicly posted, rarely make it out of Tibet.  

The directive suggests that international calls on the Chinese government, including by the United States government, to re-assess its policies in Tibet and address the underlying grievances of protesters through dialogue with Tibetans are being ignored in favor of a hard-line approach. While harsh punishment – detention, torture, imprisonment and ill treatment – has long been the norm for Tibetans allegedly taking part in political activities, the elements of the new directive signal an acknowledgment by the authorities that harsh punishment alone is failing to deter Tibetans from confronting the authorities however they can. 

The directive calls upon the public to “expose and report on anyone committing illegal activities harming social stability,” and offers a “minimum” reward of 5,000 yuan (about US $796) to “anyone who reports such criminal activities to public security organs.” Acknowledging the potential for animosity alongside the deteriorating effects these measures will have amongst the Tibetan community, as well as the potential for further escalating tensions in the area between Tibetans and Chinese, officials pledge to “provid[e] personal protection,” and promise that informants’ “identities will be kept confidential.”

Radio Free Asia reported, also in March 2012, that Chinese government officials were offering several hundred yuan to anyone providing information about Tibetans who may be considering self-immolation (RFA, 21 March 2012).  The RFA report cited a Tibetan source in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and followed the March 3 self-immolation of Tsering Kyi, a 19-year old student at the Tibetan Senior Middle School in Machu, in the same prefecture (ICT report, 5 March 2012).  On March 20, some 100 monks from Bora monastery in Sangchu (Chinese: Xiahe) county in Kanlho prefecture staged a peaceful protest march to the local government offices that resulted in a late-night police raid on their monastery and the detention of at least 40 monks (ICT report, 22 March 2012). The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, which has provided the English translation of the directive, has observed that: “There is not a single county in Kanlho that has not witnessed a demonstration or protest march since 2008,” when protests swept across Tibet (TCHRD, 4 April 2012).

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The Sixth World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet


Adopted on 29 April 2012

WHEREAS

We, the delegates to the Sixth World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet meeting in Ottawa, Canada, from 27 to 29 of April 2012,

Recalling the findings and statements of the previous five Conventions held in New Delhi, Vilnius, Washington D.C., Edinburgh and Rome, and having reviewed the activities and programs that resulted from these meetings and their impact,

Having reviewed the grave situation in Tibet as well as the policies of the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in relation to the Tibetan people,

Noting with disappointment the lack of progress in dialogue between the Government of the PRC and the Envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama since the meeting of the World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet in Rome in November 2009,

Reaffirming the great value to humanity of the Tibetan culture, language and spiritual tradition,

Recognizing the very important and successful democratization process in the governance of Tibetans in exile by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the recent transfer by him of his political powers and responsibilities to the democratically elected Kalon Tripa and political leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration, which represents the aspirations of the Tibetan people,

Convinced of the continued indispensable role of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in bringing about a negotiated solution to the conflict between the Government of the PRC and the Tibetan people,

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17 Years and Counting: Disappearance of Panchen Lama

Today is the 23rd birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, one of the most important spiritual leaders of Tibet, who disappeared into the custody of the Chinese government 17 years ago.

 

                                               penchen

 

On 14 May 1995, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama announced the then six-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the incarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. Three days later, on 17 May 1995, the Chinese government secretly abducted the six-year-old boy and his parents who remain ‘disappeared’ to this day. There is no confirmed information on their well-being or if they are still alive.

 

Even after 17 years, no one - save the Chinese government - can confirm with reliable accuracy the current whereabouts and condition of the 11th Panchen Lama and his parents. Despite repeated interventions from the representatives of the United Nations Human Rights Council, UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations calling on China to disclose information on the Panchen Lama, the Chinese government has so far refused to share any detailed information that could shed important light on the Panchen Lama's current state. In its standard response, the Chinese government continues to maintain that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family are in perfect health and that they do not wish to be disturbed.

 

On 18 October 2009, Zhu Weiqun, the Vice-Minister of the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party alleged in an interview with a German reporter that the Dalai Lama had destroyed the historical and religious rituals of the reincarnation system and so his recognition of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was illegal and invalid. Zhu also said, “As for the child recognized [by the Dalai Lama], he is our child, a Tibetan child and our citizen. So we will provide facilities to ensure his healthy growth."

 

The reporter then asked, “Where is this healthy growth of the boy recognized by the Dalai Lama happening? In Tibet? Will the Tibetan devotees recognize the [Chinese government] approved Panchen Lama?

 

Zhu replied, “The Dalai Lama’s illegally recognized child is of course growing up healthy in China. He will grow into a useful man to China and to the Tibetan people.”

 

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is now 23 years old and must have grown into a healthy young man, as Zhu Weiqun claims. According to the Chinese law, those who are 18 years old and above are considered adults, capable of making their own decisions, responsible for their own lives. For many years, the Chinese government has claimed that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is in "protective custody" of the Chinese authorities. Now that the boy is an adult, the Chinese government, in the true spirit of the law it drafted, should allow Gedhun Choekyi Nyima to exercise his right to self-determination and let him make his own decisions.

 

Ten years after the completion of his six-year prison sentence in May 2001, the fate of Chadrel Jampa Thrinley Rinpoche, the former abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and the head of the Search Party to identify the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama remains unknown.

 

Chadrel Rinpoche was arrested on 14 May 1995, the day His Holiness the Dalai Lama announced the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. After being detained incommunicado for two years, on 21 April 1997, the Intermediate Court of Shigatse Prefecture sentenced Rinpoche to six years’ imprisonment and three years’ deprivation of political rights on charges of “plotting to split the country” and “leaking state secrets” during his search for the 11thPanchen Lama.

 

There is no information on Chadrel Rinpoche except for an unconfirmed report in November 2011 that said Chadrel Rinpoche had died of poisoning. The Chinese government continues to maintain a deafening silence on Chadrel Rinpoche's whereabouts and current condition.

 

On the occasion of Panchen Lama's 23rd birthday, TCHRD would like to offer our gratitude to individuals, organizations and governments who have worked tirelessly and offered their steadfast support for the release of the 11th Panchen Lama. The Centre urges the Chinese government to respect and implement the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights if it wishes to be seen as a responsible, civilized world power.

 

The Chinese government should go beyond mere words on the condition and whereabouts of the 11th Panchen Lama and provide concrete, tangible evidence to back up its claims.

 

Holding the Panchen Lama and his family members incommunicado for years is a serious crime that violates multiple human rights enshrined in major international human rights instruments.

tchrd

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