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Abbot and senior monk detained for holding prayer for Dalai Lama’s health

Khenpo Pagah1

Chinese authorities have arbitrarily detained two high-ranking monks of Chogri Monastery in connection with a mass prayer ceremony held recently for the good health and well-being of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Drango (Ch: Luhuo) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham. According to reliable information received by TCHRD, the abbot named Pagah and Geshe Orgyen of Chogri Monastery were recently detained after a mass prayer ceremony was organized on 25 January by both the monastic and lay community in Tehor Township in Drango County. …

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Tibetan torture victims uncover China’s inhumane detention system

Kelsang Khedup

Two new torture cases involving former Tibetan political prisoners have emerged this month, just a couple of months after the People’s Republic of China (PRC) faced tough questioning from a UN rights watchdog. Both men served seven years each for their participation in 2008 uprising and are undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during detention. One of them is in critical condition and may not survive the treatment. At its fifth periodic review before the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) in November 2015, the PRC again claimed that allegations of torture and ill-treatment of ‘ethnic minorities’ such as Tibetans and Uyghurs …

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China detains relative of Tibetan man who staged peaceful solo protest

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A Tibetan man named Tashi Dhondup was detained incommunicado last Saturday after he staged a peaceful solo protest in Dzoege (Ch: Ruoergai) County in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. According to information received by TCHRD, on 19 December Tashi Dhondup, whose age remains unknown, walked up the main street of Dzoege County town, holding a huge portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and wearing a Tibetan Buddhist flag. Video footage shows him walking briskly on the side of the main street, with the portrait of the Dalai Lama held high over his head, …

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