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Harsh jail sentences for Tibetan protestors; detainees "severely beaten" PDF Print E-mail
[7 August 2014] The Chinese authorities have jailed six Tibetans for up to 12 years for their roles in anti-mining protests in the Tibet Autonomous Region. A further eight Tibetans have been sentenced for up to nine years for an alleged association with a man who set off a petrol bomb in Kardze, and a group of Tibetans in Golog have been "severely beaten" whilst in detention.

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1. Anti-mining protestors jailed for up to 12 years
2. Eight Tibetans jailed for alleged links to petrol bomb blast
3. Tibetans "severely beaten" whilst in detention


Anti-mining protestors jailed for up to 12 years
Phenpo mining areaAccording to several news sources, Chinese authorities have jailed six Tibetans for their alleged roles in protests over mining operations in the Gyawodhong area (pictured right) of Phenpo Lhundup (Chinese: Linzhou Xian) county, Lhasa municipality, Tibet Autonomous Region. Local sources said the men were charged with 'splittist activities'.

Kunga and Pema Gyaltsen were each sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment. Choeying (or Chonyi) Woeser, Ngawang Yeshe and Penpa were handed 11-year sentences and Pema Gyalpo was given an eight-year term. All six are understood to be residents of Phondo town in Phenpo Lhundup county. The date of the trial and exact charges against the men are not clear. It is feared they were not allowed due process.

All six men were arrested in April 2011 after residents of Phondo town protested against mining operations in the area. However, news of their sentencing has only just reached exile sources. The delay and lack of information regarding their trials is indicative of the Chinese government's blocking and censorship of communications in Tibet and the lack of transparency on detentions and trials relating to political protests and civil disobedience.

The mining operation in Gyawodhong, known as "Phondo Chubey Gaktsel" is located at the convergence of two major rivers, Phendho Lhachu and Radring Tsangpo. When operations began, the local population were told they would benefit from jobs and increased local income. However, locals say these benefits never materialised.

In 2009, the authorities forcefully removed 119 Tibetan homes from the vicinity of the mining site, an area which is now said to be under water. After appeals to the local government to halt the mining operations went unheeded, residents took to the streets in protest.

Further reading:
Tibet Post International I Phayul


Eight Tibetans jailed for alleged links in petrol bomb blast
Eight Tibetans have been jailed for an alleged association with a Tibetan who set off a petrol bomb outside a Chinese police station. The prison sentences ranged from three to nine years. The blast took place on 24 February 2012 in Derge(Ch: Dege) county, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) prefecture, Kham (now incorporated in China's Sichuan province).

According to sources quoted by Tibet Post International, Tashi, a young Tibetan man from Derge county, told his friends, several days before setting off the bomb, that, "he wanted to end his life in protest against the imposition of a variety of increasing Chinese repressions and particularly wanted to end the disruptions from newly built Chinese police stations". On 24 February 2012, Tashi detonated a petrol bomb outside a police station in Derge county. Tashi died at the scene. No further casualties were reported.

Eight Tibetans were arrested following the incident, believed to be due having an alleged association or links with Tashi. However, the exact reasons for their arrest and charges brought against them are not known. The date of the trial is also not known. There are fears that they were not allowed due process.

Yeshe (36) was sentenced to nine years in prison and deprived of political rights for four years; Pema Norbu was handed a five-year sentence and deprived of political rights for three years; and Jigga was sentenced to four years and deprived of political rights for three years. Tsering Phuntsok, Bugod (49), Gedun, Lhaksam and Sogon, were each sentenced to three years and deprived of political rights for two years.

Further reading:
Tibet Post International I Phayul


Tibetans "severely beaten" whilst in detention
According to Radio Free Asia, eight unnamed Tibetans have been "severely beaten" by Chinese police whilst in detention in Darlag (Ch: Dare) county, Golog (Ch: Golou) prefecture, Amdo (no part of China's Qinghai province).

Over 40 Tibetans were detained after clashing with police following the release of a Chinese truck driver who had been involved in a traffic accident which killed a Tibetan motorcyclist. Though the majority of the detainees were later released, eight were transferred to Darlag county prison and four sent to a re-education facility.

The families of the eight sent to prison were said to be shocked when they went to visit them, reporting that they had been "severely beaten".

Radio Free Asia also quoted a local source saying, Since the clash between police and Tibetans, the presence of armed police and paramilitary personnel has increased in Darlag county and the movements of Tibetans have been restricted. There is tension in the area.

Further reading:
RFA



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