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Ongoing crackdown sees further arrests and prison sentences PDF Print E-mail
[30 August 2012] In recent weeks numerous reports have emerged from Tibet of detentions, arrests and prison sentences for Tibetans who have peacefully expressed their views or promoted their Tibetan identity. Protestors have been beaten and detained, monks from monasteries already under intense repressive measures have been arbitrarily arrested and musicians arrested for having released songs with politically-sensitive lyrics.

Sentences I Protests & detentions I Arbitrary arrests I Take Action


Lokya♦ Two Tibetan men have been sentenced recently in connection with protests that took place on 23 January in Ngaba (Ch: Aba), Amdo (incorporated into China's Sichuan province). Logya (pictured right), 33, received a four-year prison sentence for leading the protest march carrying a photo of the Dalai Lama. Tsering Dugkar (age unknown) was jailed for two years for helping Logya to evade the authorities following the protest. Logya had been in hiding with Choepa, a Tibetan who eventually self-immolated on 10 August. Logya is reported to have been tortured whilst in detention and denied due legal process during his trial. Logya's sister was also detained and tortured following the protests before being released without charge. The exact dates of the sentencing are not clear. (Sources: TCHRD I Phayul)

♦ Two Tibetan students have each been sentenced to three years in prison for their roles in student protests in March. Tashi Tsering, 21, and Choeyang Gonpo, 22, were charged with "advocating independence for Tibet". The two young men are believed to have been singled out as they were school monitors and of legal age to be prosecuted. Both are from the Kangtsa County School of Nationalities in Kangsta, Amdo (now part of China's Qinghai province). They were arrested on 18 March, four days after thousands of students took to the streets across Qinghai in protest against policies which restrict teaching in Tibetan as well as calling for freedom for Tibet. Family members were not allowed to visit the young men until July. The exact date of the sentencing is not clear. (RFA I Phayul)

Lodoe (aka Lodro), a 36 year-old monk from Kirti monastery in Ngaba, was sentenced in early July to three years imprisonment. Lodoe was arrested on 20 October 2011 following a series of self-immolation protests in Ngaba, though it is not known if these were connected. He was held incommunicado throughout his detention and his family were not even informed of the trial. The charges against Lodoe remain unknown. (TCHRD I RFA)

Protests and detentions

Shedup Lhamo ♦ On 25 August, Shedup Lhamo from Gaden Choeling nunnery was severely beaten and arrested by Chinese security personnel for undertaking a solitary protest. The 39 year-old nun's peaceful demonstration took place in the main market of Kardze town in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi)  prefecture, Kham (now incorporated in China's Sichuan province). During her protest, Shedup distributed leaflets and shouted slogans calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama. Shedup's current whereabouts and condition are not known. (Phayul)

♦ On 13 August, an unknown number of Tibetans were detained as Chinese security forces violently disrupted a demonstration in Ngaba. Two of the detainees have been identified as Bhongo Kyi, 44, and Chechok, 48. Both men were amongst many seriously injured as security personnel beat protestors indiscriminately. The demonstration followed the joint self-immolation protest of Lungtok and Tashi earlier the same day. The condition and whereabouts of the two men is currently not known. (TCHRD)

Konchog Yarphel
♦ On 1 August, Konchog Yarphel (pictured right), a 22 year-old monk, was beaten and detained by Chinese security forces following a solitary protest in Serthar county, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) prefecture, Kham (now incorporated into China's Sichuan province). Konchog, from Talung monastery, carried a prayer flag on a stick whilst distributing leaflets and shouting slogans calling for freedom and independence. He also called for the release of the Panchen Lama and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Konchog's current condition and whereabouts are not known. (RFA)

♦ In late July, a young Tibetan, identified only as Ngawang, was detained after staging a solitary protest in Gonjo county, Chamdo prefecture, U-Tsang (now China's Tibet Autonomous Region). Ngawang protested by carrying a Tibetan national flag along a main street and shouting slogans calling for freedom for Tibet and for a long life for the Dalai Lama. Ngawang's current condition and whereabouts are not known. (RFA)

Arbitrary arrests

Monks from Kirti monastery:
Lobsang SangyeLobsang Kunchok♦ On 17 August, Lobsang Konchok (pictured near right), a 40 year-old monk from Kirti monastery in Ngaba, was detained by Public Security Bureau personnel on unknown charges.
♦ On 14 August, another monk, 30 year-old Lobsang Sangye (pictured far right), was also detained for unknown reasons.
♦ Two other monks were detained earlier in August, subjected to prolonged interrogations and then released after a week without explanation for their detention.
♦ On 26 June, Lobsang Tsering, a 21 year-old Kirti monk was arrested at the monastery by Chinese police. Despite enquiries by his family, it is not known on what charges Lobsang Tsering was arrested, nor his current condition or whereabouts.
Kirti monastery has been at the centre of the recent wave of protests and self-immolations and consequently been subjected to intense security crackdowns by the Chinese authorities. (RFA I Phayul)

Monks from Tsodun monastery:
Lobsang Rabten♦ On 19 August, Lobsang Rabten
(pictured right) was arrested by Chinese police from Tsodun monastery. The 34 year-old monk is an official of the monasterys religious management office. The reason for his arrest and current condition are not known.
♦ On 16 August, two monks, Thubwang Tenzin, 20, and Asung, 22, were arrested by the Chinese authorities during night raids on Tsodun monastery. On 12 August, three monks, Lobsang Sangay (or Sengye), Yarphel and Namsey, all under 20, were arrested whilst in their quarters during another raid. It is not known on what charges the five monks were arrested. Their current condition and whereabouts are not known.
Tsodun monastery, also known as Gyalrong Tsodun Kirti Monastery located in Barkham (Ch: Ma'erkang) county, Ngaba prefecture, Amdo (Ch: Sichuan province), has been subjected to intense repressive measures since two Tsodun monks, Chimey Palden and Tenpa Darjey, self-immolated on 30 March. A third Tsodun monk, Lobsang Lozin, self-immolated on 17 July. The monastery has been placed under surveillance and the monks subjected to regular interrogations and beatings. (CTA I Phayul 1 I Phayul 2)

Tibetan musicians:

Achok Phuljhung♦ On 3 August, Tibetan singer Achok Phuljhung (or Amchok Phuljung)
(pictured right) was arrested by Chinese authorities in a teashop in Barkham county, Ngaba prefecture, Amdo (Ch: Sichuan province). His detention is believed to be in connection with the release of a DVD in May which contained songs praising the Dalai Lama and Lobsang Sangay, the exiled Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister). Achok, in his ealy 30s, had been in hiding for several months since the authorities issued a notice for his arrest. Achok's current condition and whereabouts are not known. (RFA I Phayul)

Chogesel♦ On 29 July, Chogsel (or Choksal)
(pictured right), a well-known Tibetan singer, was arrested by Chinese police in a cyber cafe in Siling (Ch: Xining), Amdo (Ch: Qinghai province). Chogsel, a resident of Driru county in the Tibet Automous Region, has been in trouble with authorities before due to the politically-sensitive themes to his songs, which include references to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan national identitiy. His albums have been banned and performances disrupted. The exact reason for his arrest is not known. Chogsel's family have been unable to locate the whereabouts of Chogsel since his arrest or verify his condition. (RFA I Phayul)

Take Action

Write to Mr Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador to the UK
, urging the Chinese government to:
► immediately release Logya (from Aba, Sichuan province), Tashi Tsering and Choeyang Gonpo (students from Kangsta, Qinghai province) who have been unjustly imprisoned for exercising their basic rights to freedom of expression as recognised under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

► clarify the charge against Lodoe (from Kirti monastery, Aba, Sichuan province).

► clarify the condition and whereabouts of the following Tibetans who have been detained recently: Shedup Lhamo (from Gaden Choeling nunnery in Ganzi, Sichuan), Bhongo Kyi and Chechok (from Aba, Sichuan), Konchok Yarphel (from Talung monastery in Ganzi, Sichuan), Ngawang (from Gonjo county, TAR), Lobsang Konchok, Lobsang Sangye and Lobsang Tsering (all from Kirti monastery in Aba, Sichuan); Lobsang Rabten, Thubwang Tenzin, Asung, Lobsang Sengye, Yarphel and Namsey (all from Tsodun monastery in Ma'erkang county, Aba), and Tibetan musicians Achok Phuljhung (from Ma'erkang county) and Chogsel (arrested in Xining, Qinghai).

► release all the monks, nuns and lay-people who have been detained and imprisoned for peacefully protesting or arbitrarily arrested since March 2011, provide independent legal counsel for all those facing charges and allow family visits;

► respect the fundamental rights of the Tibetans, in particular the freedom of expression and to freedom to practice their religion;

► open Tibetan regions to international scrutiny, in particular allow access to foreign media, humanitarian agencies and independent observers.

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