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Two Tibetan youths stage self-immolation protests in Tibet and India

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The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply shocked and dismayed by the news of two self-immolation protests that occurred in quick succession on Monday. Both involved two Tibetan teenagers burning their bodies to bring international attention and scrutiny to the repression perpetuated by the Chinese authorities in Tibet. Till date, a confirmed number of 152 Tibetans have self-immolated, 144 in Tibet and eight outside Tibet. On Monday, at 4 pm (local time) on 29 February 2016, an 18-year-old Tibetan monk named Kalsang Wangdu of Mari Tsokha Aryaling Monastery died after setting himself on fire and calling …

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Mass expulsion of nuns and land grabbing in Tibet’s Diru County

Forced Display of fur-trimmed robes at the Horse Racing Festival at Sentsa

Chinese authorities have demolished a number of houses owned by Tibetans and appropriated their lands in the name of development, in addition to tightening control over monastic institutions and expelling over a hundred nuns in Diru (Ch: Biru) County in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Information received by Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) reveals that in Pekar (Ch: Baiga) Township in Diru County, for three days beginning from 27 September 2015, Sangye Yeshi, the Diru County government head visited Jada Gaden Khachoeling Nunnery and expelled 100 of the total 200 nuns from the nunnery. …

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New crackdown campaign introduced in Tibet ahead of sensitive anniversary celebrations

The TAR border security forces in a meeting on 12 July 2015

In preparation for the 50th founding anniversary of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), the Chinese authorities have begun implementing the ‘Clean Sweep and Strike’ (Ch: da jian cha) campaign ostensibly to provide security to postal activities. Under this campaign, the TAR authorities will monitor and surveil postal exchanges between Beijing and TAR, and monitor and prohibit arms and ammunitions, knives, explosives, including dangerous chemicals, and also leaflets and other political publications. Even remote-controlled toys such as miniature planes will be banned from flying particularly in the urban skyscape. The Internet activities will come under increased surveillance.

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