Archivio di giugno 2011

New Round of Herders' Protest Erupts in Southern Mongolia

Nearly a month after large-scale protests were carried out by herders and students in Southern (Inner) Mongolia, another protest erupted in eastern Southern Mongolia's Bairin Left Banner ("ba lin zuo qi" in Chinese) in Ulaanhad ("chi feng shi" in Chinese) Municipality.The protest, starting on June 11, 2011 in the Banner's Bayannuur Township ("ba yin nuo er zhen" in Chinese), was against the Bayannuur Lead Mine that was opened on a large piece of grazing land.The large amounts of toxic wastes discharged by the mine into the surrounding areas caused severe environmental degradation as well as th

Tibet : Three Detained in Kardze

Three people, including two nuns, have been detained in separate incidents following protests against Chinese rule in a Tibetan region of Southwestern Sichuan province on Tuesday, according to sources with contacts in the area.“Two nuns staged a protest in Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) county seat during the early hours of June 28,” said a reporter from Delhi, India, who spoke with people in the region.“The two nuns are Kunga Choezom, 22, and Deckyi Lhamo, 18, of the Gyemadra Nunnery in Kardze county,” he said.

Tibet : Over 1200 Monks Expelled from Kirti Monastery

Chinese officials have declared over 1200 members of Tibet's Kirti Monastery to be expelled.In huge breach of international human rights, Chinese officials, who are forcibly controlling the sacred Buddhist institution of over 5000 monks.In the latest in a series of darkening reports from the region, information has been released that on the 6th of May this year, a group of authorities from religious department of the ‘United Front Work Department' (a branch of the Chinese Communist Party), Ngaba, came to Kirti Monastery to make an announcement.According to sources from the monastery, in a spec

Tibet : Widespread use of torture by China's ruling Communist Party

The GuChuSum group of former political prisoners said in a statement on Sunday, marking International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, that torture was systemically practiced by Chinese authorities against Tibetans."Electric shocks, kicking and beatings, stripping naked, throwing boiling water on the face, standing barefoot on ice are commonly used by Chinese authorities on Tibetan political prisoners in a futile attempt to destroy their spirit and break their resolve," the statement said."In spite of attempts by the Chinese government to show off its ethnic unity to the rest of the world

Tibet : Heavy Restrictions Prior to Communist Founding Day

On 25 June 2011 an important meeting was held in Lhasa, “Tibetan Autonomous Region” (“TAR”) to deal with stability and security in the region for a smooth commemoration of founding day of communist party according to the official website Chinatibetnews.com.On 1 July 2011, China celebrates the 90th fouding day of the Chinese Communist Party and also “60 years of Peaceful Liberation of Tibet”.Restrictions have been escalated in Tibet leading to arrest of many Tibetans and monitoring of monks in the monasteries.  

Tibet : Kirti monastery is still under siege

Kirti monastery is still surrounded by soldiers, strictly controlling movement in and out, and inside the monks are still being subjected to a ‘Patriotic Religion’ reeducation campaign.There are around 400 government officials billetted at the monastery as well as police, soldiers and special police forces openly monitoring the monks’ movements morning, noon and night.Cameras and recording devices are positioned all around the complex to intimidate them. Occasionally some monks are allowed to go out into town and so on, but they are followed by officials acting as “guardians”.

Tibet :Tibetans Held in Kardze

Authorities have detained more than 60 people in the wake of protests against Chinese rule, exile Tibetan sources said."There have been continuing demonstrations in the the Kardze area," said Jampel Monlam, head of the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy based in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala."According to our initial figures, more than 60 people have been detained," Jampel Monlam said."Most of them are lamas or local people.""Most of them took part in demonstrations in Kardze county town," he added, referring to the main town of Sichuan's Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefectur

Tibet : nuns arrested after severe beating ,police raid monasteries

On 19th June 2011, two nuns of Nyimo Getsul Nunnery, Jamtuk Dolma and Dolma Palmo, took to the street in Karze demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet.The two nuns were immediately arrested by the Chinese police after severe beating.There is no detailed information regarding their current whereabouts.Jamtuk Dolma, daughter of Yama Phuntsok and Tashi Lhamo, is a native of Lhopa Township, Karze.Dolma Palmo, 20, was from Lagang Village, Lhopa Township, Karze County and her parents passed away a long time ago.

Tibet : Protests continue in Kardze

Two monks of Khangmar monastery in Kardze in eastern Tibet on last Friday staged peaceful demonstration calling on the Chinese government to respect human rights in Tibet.The two monks, Rinchen Gyatso and Lama Tsering, took to the street in Kardze town at around 12:30 pm on 17 June.The duo raised a series of slogans such as 'long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama', 'Tibet is a independent nation', 'invite Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay to Tibet' and 'ensure human rights in Tibet'.They were immediately detained and forcibly taken away by the police.Lama Tsering, aged 22, is a native of Shilamnang vi

Tibet : Protesters subjected to severe beatings, arrests and incarceration

Protests against the repressive policies of the Chinese government have continued unabated in Kardze since 6 June.The Tibetan protesters are being subjected to severe beatings, arrests and incarceration.Over 20 Tibetans have been arrested and thrown into jail during the past 10 days of protests.In a latest incident, a monk of Dhargyal Monastery in Kardze took to the streets on Saga Dawa, one of the holiest religious festivals marked by Buddhists this year on 15 June.“Ngawang Lobsang, 37, shouted slogans of “freedom for Tibet” and distributed leaflets amidst a large gathering in the street of K

Tibet : Tibetan Truckers protested in Lithang

Tibetan truck owners seeking work on road and railway projects in Tibet have been pushed aside in favor of drivers working for Chinese companies, sparking protests and clashes.Chinese authorities responded by sending riot troops and police to contain unrest in Shigatse in Central Tibet and Lithang in the east, sources said.“On June 1, about 100 Tibetan drivers protested in front of Lithang county headquarters,” said Lobsang Gawa, a Tibetan living in India and citing contacts in the region."Because improvements to a section of the highway connecting Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province with the

Southern Mongolia : Many Detained, Some Fled After Protests

Many Mongolians have been arrested, detained and beaten during and after the large-scale region-wide protest sparked by the brutal killing of a Mongolian herder named Mergen in Southern Mongolia’s Shiliin-gol League.Even though the tension between the Mongolians and the Chinese authorities has eased, martial law is still in effect in most parts of Shiliin-gol League and other major cities including the regional capital Hohhot.“The authorities are still on high alert here,” a resident of Hohhot, the regional capital, told SMHRIC through an email message, “in some places presence of paramilitary

Tibet : Kirti Monks Boycott Ceremony

Tibetan monks refused to take part in a religious rite on Wednesday, claiming that Chinese authorities were staging the event for purposes of “propaganda”.The ceremony, which is normally held twice a month at the Kirti monastery chapel dedicated to “protector deities,” had been postponed since March 16, when a Kirti monk set himself on fire in a protest against Chinese rule in Ngaba.“Early morning, many TV cameras were set up at the approaches to the chapel waiting for the monks to arrive,” Tsering and Yeshe said, citing contacts in the Ngaba area.

Tibet : Monk threw leaflets demanding freedom

A Tibetan monk from Dargyal monastery, eastern Tibet called for Tibet’s freedom at a large religious congregation on the 15th day of Saka Dawa in Kardze town at around 7 am, yesterday.37-year old Ngawang Lobsang threw leaflets demanding freedom in Tibet at an early morning gathering of religious devotees. Eyewitnesses confirm that as Ngawang Lobsang started drawing the crowd’s attention, he kneeled down on the ground and continued calling for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with hands closed in prayers before he was taken away by Chinese security personnel.

Tibet : Chinese authorities have demolished 13th Dalai Lama's Home

Chinese authorities have demolished the century-old Langdun family residence of Tibet’s 13th Dalai Lama despite appeals to protect the heritage site.The house of Thupten Gyatso was situated close to the Kyichu river, south of Lhasa.It was located in an area controlled by the Lhasa Military Center and was declared a "historic structure to be protected," said the source, who lives in Tibet.The 13th Dalai Lama, often referred to by Tibetans as the “Great 13th,” was born to a peasant couple in Dakpo in southern Tibet.

Southern Mongolia : Information Blackout

Almost all Mongolian language internet chat rooms, personal blogs, and discussion groups are either completely shutdown or write-access disabled in Southern Mongolia as the Chinese authorities attempt to create an information blackout in the region to cut off any contact to the outside world.Boljoo,a Mongolian script free instant messenger software popular among the Mongolians, has been completely shutdown along with its discussion forum since May 30, 2011;Other Mongolian popular sites like Ulaaq Internet Bar (www.ulaaq.com) are still up, but the feature of posting messages has been disabled b

China : Hundreds Detained in Guangdong

Authorities have stepped up a crackdown in the southern province of Guangdong, detaining several hundred protesters following three days of bloody riots triggered by a dispute involving migrant workers.Some 2,700 People’s Liberation Army troops backed by armored vehicles could be seen firing tear gas at thousands of rioters on the streets of Xintang township in Zengcheng prefecture, residents said Monday.

Tibet : Protests grew

The situation in Kardze, a Tibetan-majority region of China, was tense Monday after more Tibetan monks and nuns took to the streets to protest Chinese rule, drawing beatings and detention by police.Monks and nuns step forward to take the place of others beaten and detained in earlier protests.The protests grew at the weekend, following actions on June 9 and 10 by three nuns and a monk who demonstrated in front of Kardze town’s police station, throwing leaflets in the air and calling for freedom for Tibet and for the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.Earlier, on June 6 and 7, thr

Tibet : Fresh Protests in Kardze

Tibetan monks and nuns in Kardze are stepping up protests against Chinese rule despite being beaten and detained by authorities.In separate incidents on June 9 and 10, the monks and nuns staged protests alone or in small groups in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, according to sources in the region, an area known for frequent protests by Tibetans against Beijing's rule.Speaking specifically of the June 10 incident, the Tibetan resident said two nuns from the Lamdrak nunnery and a monk from the Kardze monastery protested in front of a police station in downtown Kardze."They staged their

Tibet : Travel Ban Ahead of Anniversaries

Chinese authorities have blocked foreign travel to Tibet in advance of politically sensitive anniversaries scheduled for some time in July, according to travel agents.Travel agencies in the Tibetan capital Lhasa and in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan cited government instructions to restrict travel into Tibet only to Chinese citizens.The instruction came ahead of events organized by Beijing to mark the 60th anniversary of the "liberation" of Tibet by China and the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s founding.

Video from Tibet reveals spontaneous protest in Nyagrong

A group of four monks, three from Guru Monastery and one from Jamjor Monastery, raised slogans of “long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama”, “Tibet is independent” and “invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet” during their spontaneous peaceful protest in Nyagrong in eastern Tibet’s Kham Province on 8 May 2010, a video received by the Central Tibetan Administration revealed.The four monks - Apo Tashi, aged 22, Tsering Gyaltsen, 19, Tsering Wangchuk, 22 of Guru Monastery and Rigzin Dorjee of Jamjor Monastery – distributed pamphlets and raised Tibetan national flags on that day.As the Chinese p

Tibet : Tibetan Monks Beaten, Detained

Three Tibetan monks protested against Chinese rule in separate actions this week, drawing severe beatings by police, sources in the region said.The protests took place in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, an area known for frequent protests by Tibetans against Beijing's rule.“On June 6, at around 2:30 pm, two young monks appeared at Do Sengge in Kardze town, a place used by police for their headquarters,” a local Tibetan told, speaking on condition of anonymity and identifying the protesters as Tsewang Tashi and Gyurme Sonam, both around 18 years old.“They shouted slogans calling for t

Respecting and Recognizing the Tibetan Government and Sustaining the Hope Alive

One of the highest, most commendable achievements of the Tibetan people during the last 52 years in exile has been our ability, despite extreme challenges and pressures over the years to safeguard and retain the name of Tibetan Government-in-Exile and the symbol of Tibetan independence.Recently during the Second Tibetan National General Meeting, a significant majority of the subcommittees voted against changing the Tibetan name of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and a unanimous decision was reached during the final outcome of the meeting, which supported this motion of maintaining the original

100 held in Southern Mongolia

At least 90 students, herders and ordinary residents have been arrested in Southern Mongolia, a rights group said, amid serious ethnic unrest fuelled by resentment over Chinese rule.Around 40 ethnic Mongol students and herders were detained in flashpoint areas in the Xilingol area of the vast northern region, the US-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center said.An estimated 50 students and residents were also arrested during several protests in the regional capital Hohhot last month, the rights group said late Sunday.The vast region of Inner Mongolia has been hit by a wave of d

Dalai Lama : "Rule of Terror" in Tibet

The Dalai Lama has accused the Chinese authorities of imposing a "rule of fear" and "rule of terror" inside Tibet, citing stepped-up security measures and a clampdown on culture and education.He said that while direct talks with Beijing since 1979 have brought "no positive result," the situation inside Tibet is "becoming worse and worse.""Now [the] Chinese military personnel [have] much increase[d].And the security personnel also [have] much increase[d]...

Tibet : Tibetan writer sentenced to a 4-year prison term by a Chinese court

Tashi Rabten, author of the banned literary work, 'Written in Blood' (penname - Theurang) has been sentenced to a 4-year prison term by a Chinese court.The Ngaba Intermediate People’s Court on June 2, in a trial closed to Tashi Rabten’s family and friends, passed the sentence.According to Radio Free Asia, the court found Tashi Rabten, editor of banned literary magazine 'Shar Dungri' (Eastern Snow Mountain) guilty on charges of “inciting activities to split the nation”.A student at the Northwest Nationalities University in Lanzhou, Tashi was detained on April 6, 2010 and six months later was tr

38th Army Sent to Control Southern Mongolia Protests

The situation remains tense in Hohhot, the capital of Southern Mongolia. After protests began on May 23, Chinese Communist Party officials first declared martial law on May 28 in two banners--county-level administrative units--and then in Hohhot, on May 30.A Mongolian lady who ventured out on a business trip on June 2 from Chifeng to Hohhot told Radio Free Asia that she witnessed riot police wearing body armor and pointing machine guns at passengers as she arrived at the Hohhot train station.On her return to Chifeng, she saw tanks and the streets thronged with police.

Southern Mongolia : Protests Continued Tuesday Under Heavy Police and Military Presence

Despite the heavy presence of riot police and paramilitary forces in Hohhot, capital city of Southern Mongolia, on May 31, 2011 (Tuesday) hundreds of Mongolian students and residents marched on streets near No.18 High School heading toward City Hall.The protesters were blocked by paramilitary forces and a standoff ensued for nearly two hours before the marchers were dispersed.“It was very noisy out there when I was talking to my friend who was at the scene near No.18 High School,” a Mongolian student of the Inner Mongolia University told SMHRIC over the phone, “my friend told me that students