Facebook badge

youtube badge

flickr badge

Tibetans in Qinghai face new restrictions on religion and expression PDF Print E-mail
[27 February 2015] Chinese authorities in Qinghai are imposing new regulations aimed at further restricting Tibetans' rights to freedom of religion and expression. Young monks have been banned from returning to their monasteries and forced to attend lay schools, whilst a list of new regulations prohibits Tibetan language activities and bans a variety of forms of expression including drawing, writing and singing about Tibetan independence.

Young monks barred from their monasteries
Young monks in QinghaiOfficials in two Tibetan counties in Qinghai province are reported to have forbidden young monks from returning to their monasteries.

According to Radio Free Asia, officials visited parents of monks who had returned home for Losar celebrations (Tibetan New Year, which began on 19 February) to inform them that following the festivities their children would not be allowed to return to their monasteries. The orders were issued in Tulan and Terlenkha counties, part of Tsonub Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and seem to be targeted at under-19s from rural or nomadic families.

A source quoted by Radio Free Asia said, Now the government is forcing them [the young monks] to revert to lay status and to attend local schools without Tibetan language classes in their curriculum.

Tibetan language classes aimed at school-leavers have also been banned in the region, according to Radio Free Asia sources. Monasteries, considered by the authorities as centres of opposition to Chinas rule, have often faced restrictions aimed at limiting their influence and their monastic population.

Further reading:

County officials publish list of prohibited activities
In Rebkong county, Chinese officials have published an expanded list of prohibited activities aimed at further restricting Tibetan rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion. The list of 20 "illegal activities" relate to promoting "separatism" and spreading the message of Tibetan independence. According to the notice, those found guilty of violating the rules will be "severely punished".

The list was leaked recently to Tibet Post International, though it is not clear exactly when it was published. Rebkong (Chinese: Tongren) is located in Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Amdo (now part of China's Qinghai province).

The published list includes already known illegal activities of supporting self-immolators and advocating Tibetan independence online, but adds offences such as establishing "illegal organisations or activities under the name of the Tibetan language, the environment or education, listening to music with pro-independence lyrics and producing artwork "endorsing ethnic separatism".

Essentially, it seems the authorities are attempting to outlaw any form of activity which could be deemed to imply support for Tibetan independence. This also includes prayers and offerings for the Dalai Lama and reading or listening to information from "outside forces" aligned with promoting Tibetan freedom.

County noticeTibet Post International has translated the 20-point list (pictured right) as follows:

1. To incite or praise drastic acts such as self-immolation.

2. To hang banners, posters, leaflets or speeches for Tibetan independence.

3. To write, draw, announce, sell or distribute books, art, audio recordings or videos endorsing ethnic separatism or nationalist views that are expressed too forcefully.

4. To establish illegal organisations or activities under the name of the Tibetan language, the environment or education.

5. To incite, plan or lead illegal activities that include protests or gatherings under the banner of the equality of languages, food security or the protection of animals.

6. To use social media including QQ and WeChat to send, download or publicise images, audio or videos that contain information related to Tibetan independence. Or, using the aforementioned social media, to spread rumours that undermine national unity or create social unrest and ethnic division. Also, to let others see or use messages on your mobile or computer related to Tibetan independence instead of deleting them immediately.

7. To provide information to outside separatist groups while maintaining relations with them.

8. To read, watch or listen to information related to the idea of Tibetan independence from newspapers, television or radio from a group outside of the state.

9. To legally or illegally travel outside of the state to participate in any religious events.

10. To hang images of the 14th Dalai Lama or of people fighting for Tibetan independence in public places.

11. To place stickers, posters or banners and/or to play music that implies support for Tibetan independence in automobiles.

12. To pray using butter lamp and smoke offerings, to chanting or to free animals for self-immolators or to express condolences to their families.

13. To plan to collect donations from separatist groups and individuals outside.

14. To publicise nationalist views that are expressed too forcefully and to discuss Tibetan independence in schools.

15. To use the force of religion and its tenets as well as race to destabilise societal order. Also, under the banner of ethnicity, illegal activities toward government officials and the public include to warn them, take revenge on them and to consider them as enemies.

16. To continue to maintain contact with outside separatist forces and to not pay attention to decisions maintaining social stability. And, to plan or force others to protest against the government.

17. To incite or plan prayer services for the 14th Dalai Lama at monasteries and public places during festivals and other holidays.
18. To incite or plan gatherings for praying for the 14th Dalai Lama under the banner of religion and tradition.

19. To intentionally create rumours about Tibetan independence by publicising messages, images, audio or videos of a variety of regular religious and traditional activities. To send biased publicity of legal activities including re-education campaigns, the closing of illegal organisations and the prosecution of criminals to outside of the state and to publicise facilities to outside forces.

20. Other illegal activities include: to participate in festivals when outside forces carry out activities related to Tibetan independence. To destabilise the social order under the banner of forcing others to only speak Tibetan and to kill, sell or free animals.
In addition, the explanatory notes say:

The 20 points specify the illegal activities of the separatist force for Tibetan independence. Anyone violating these directives will be punished according to the law. Those who are organising or leading illegal activities will be severely punished according to the law. Those who are involved in illegal activities through force or incitement by others will be re-educated and helped to recognise the consequences of the nature of illegal activities. They will then be put under surveillance and their movements will be restricted. Those who are leading the illegal activities will have their family benefits immediately stopped.
Further reading: TPIRFA

Tibet Society, the worlds first Tibet support group, was founded in 1959. Funded by its members, it has been working for over 50 years to seek justice for Tibet through parliamentary lobbying, campaigns and actions. Help keep Tibet alive by joining Tibet Society today. Annual membership 24; Family 36; Life 500.
ImageJoin Tibet Society I Donate
More details about membership
< Prev   Next >

© 2018 Tibet Society
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.
Template Design by