SAD NEWS – Tragic Death of Tawu Nun after Self-Immolation

TCHRD PRESS RELEASE

3 November 2011, Dharamsala

 

Contact: Ms. Dukthen Kyi  (English) / Mr. Jampel Monlam (Tibetan, Chinese)

 

Tragic Death of Tawu Nun after Self-Immolation

 

 

Today, at around 12.40 pm, a nun in Tawu County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), set herself afire in protest against the Chinese government amid the continued repression of religious freedom and human rights in Tibet.

 

Palden Choesang, 35 years old, shouted slogans such as “Freedom in Tibet,” “Long live H.H the Dalai Lama,” and “Let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet” before she self-immolated near Namgyal Stupa, a huge stupa in Tawu County.

 

Latest reports state that nun Choesang died from severe burn injuries. Her body is being kept at Tawu Nyatso Monastery at this moment.

 

Choesang was born in Drogcho Village, Geshe Township of Tawu County, Kardze TAP. She was a nun at Dakar Choeling Nunnery in Tawu County.

 

Today was the last day of a ‘Nyung-ney’ practice, a religious fast by monks of Tawu Nyatso monastery and local Tibetans that was held in the premises of the Namgyal stupa. According to sources, nun Choesang self-immolated at a road nearby the Namgyal stupa.

 

Shortly after nun Choesang’s self-immolation, many police arrived, placing heavy restrictions on the area around Nyatso monastery.

 

 

 

 

 

Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Researcher
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

www.tchrd.org office.

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy;PRESS RELEASE (IMPORTANT READ!)

TCHRD PRESS RELEASE

2 November 2011, Dharamsala

 

China to Create Law-Abiding ‘Model Monastery’ in TAR

 In a Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) Communist Party meeting, held on the afternoon of October 30, the Chinese government approved to carry out law-abiding patriotic re-education principles including a “model monastery,” according to www.chinatibetnews.com report on 1 November 2011. This is a new strategy to further intensify the control over Tibetan monasteries and nunneries in Lhasa.

The principles also include an annual “contest” among the various monasteries and nunneries in TAR. Additionally, all monasteries and nunneries shall not engage in creating social disturbances and should oppose strongly against the Dalai cliques. Monks and nuns should not participate in any ‘separatist acts’. There shall be a half-yearly assessment carried out in all monasteries and nunneries, and an annual award is promised to be given to the one that best obeys all the rules set by the Chinese government. That ‘winner’ shall be labeled the ‘Model Monastery,’ whose students (monks/nuns) will be given certificates and monetary rewards. This ‘Model Monastery’ will be set as an example for the other monasteries and nunneries which shall further strive to become one, states the principle.

On 20 October 2011, the Tibetan Buddhism University was inaugurated in Chushul County, Lhasa (TAR). During his visit to the university on 24 October, the TAR Party Secretary Chen Quanguo said that the university should “aim high in producing monks who are well educated about ‘Dalai clique’ and ‘other national splitist’ plots.” Representatives from various monasteries are educated at this university, where the Chinese government claims to educate these monks on Tibetan Buddhism. In actual practice they hold Patriotic re-education classes, which are much more intense than the ones carried out in the monasteries. After completing their “education” from this newly opened university, the monks are to “teach” and influence their colleagues in their respective monasteries after they return.

On 28 October, during the Buddhist Association Forum held in Lhasa, Chen Quanguo reaffirmed its stand for criticizing the “Dalai cliques” and to “resolutely eliminate the XIV Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhism.” He added that the regional party committee and government should implement party policies to strengthen the management and deployment ideas required to build the “harmonious Model Monastery.”

Earlier this year, Chinese authorities introduced identity cards for the monks and nuns. These are all attempts to tighten the already rigid control over monasteries and nunneries, especially after the series of self-immolation incidents in Tibet. This only worsens the grave situation of religious freedom in Tibet.

Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Researcher
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

www.tchrd.org

#Tibetan writer , Choepa Lugyal (penname Meycheh) -Arrested by Chinese #Gestapo Authorities

TCHRD PRESS RELEASE

28 October 2011, Dharamsala

 

Writer Meycheh Arrested

 According to information received by Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Choepa Lugyal (penname Meycheh), a young Tibetan writer working at the National Publication in Gansu province was arrested by the Public Security Bureau police in Lando (Chinese: Lanzhu) city, Gansu province on 19 October 2011.

 There is no information on why he has been arrested.

Meycheh was born in Dopee Township, Yatse County in Qinghai. He graduated from the Southwest University for Nationalities and later joined the Northwest Nationalities University as a research student. He temporarily worked at the Qinghai Tibet news agency after his studies. Meycheh was also a writer of the banned literary magazine ‘Shar Dungri’ (Eastern Snow Mountain). He wrote a few books in Tibetan including ‘Gye-Choe Gyang- Gel’ (rough translation: ‘Seeing Gedun Choepel from Afar’) and ‘Me-sem Nying-top’ (rough translation: Power of Human Heart). He also writes and posts many articles and blogs online.

Over the last several months the Chinese authorities have been implementing its new policies targeting Tibetan intellectuals. Since 2008, over 65 Tibetan intellectuals, comprising of writers, students, artists, and cultural figures have been detained, beaten, harassed, interrogated, as well as sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

 

 

 

 

 

Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Researcher
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
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Urgent Appeal to Nepal Government; Hand over the 23 Tibetans to UNHCR-Spread The WORD!

For Immediate Release
22 September 2011
TCHRD, Dharamsala
Contact: Ms. Dukthen Kyi  (English) / Mr. Jampel Monlam (Tibetan, Chinese)

Urgent Appeal to Nepal Govt; Hand over the 23 Tibetans to UNHCR

On 11 September 2011, 20 Tibetan refugees were arrested by Nepal police for illegally entering Nepal. The 20 Tibetan escapees included 15 boys and 5 girls, mostly teenagers.

They were arrested for illegally trying to enter Delhi via Bajura-Kathmandu route and were held in Bajura, at the district police office. They had reached there after 17 days walk. Few days later, around 13 September, three more Tibetans were arrested. All of them have been turned over to Nepal’s Department of Immigration (DOI) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had sent a letter to the Nepalese Administration requesting them to hand the Tibetans over to them which is accordance with the ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ between the UNHCR and Nepal. Even the HURON (Human Rights Organization of Nepal) approached the Immigrant Chief and Home Secretary with concerns for the arrested Tibetans and said that decision will be taken in accordance with the law by Sunday.

However, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, in a letter, termed the incident as a case of Human Trafficking and so has asked the Nepal Government to repatriate the Tibetans back to them, promising not to take legal action against the youngsters but instead will educate them. This Chinese interference has delayed transit clearance of the 23 Tibetan refugees who remains in Nepal custody for the last 10-12 days.

 The fate of these 23 Tibetans is greatly feared if Nepal repatriates them to China.

TCHRD urges the Nepal Government to hand over the 23 Tibetans to UNHRC, in accordance with the agreement and which is only righteous.

These 23 Tibetan refugees risked their lives like the hundreds who do every year to escape the Chinese government’s oppression and to enjoy Human Rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion and cultural rights.

Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Researcher
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
www.tchrd.org office. +91-1892 223363/ 225874

Burma Update: ASEAN to listen to Aung San Suu Kyi Opinion

INDONESIA’S foreign minister says the opinion of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and civil society will influence whether Myanmar is invited to chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2014.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told The Associated Press he would travel to Myanmar in October as ASEAN assesses if the military-dominated country is on track, as it makes tentative steps toward reform.

He said Myanmar was extremely keen to take on the rotating chairmanship of the 10-member regional grouping, currently held by Indonesia. He described that as “an important opportunity to hasten change”.

Mr Natalegawa said: “I shall be keen to listen and to hear the voice of civil society, not least the voice of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.”

The China–North Korea–Iran Nuclear Triangle-This Is A REAL Worry; Shows China are Liars, dishonest, and has no Ethics, Morals or Scruples!

Sankei Shimbun, the conservative Japanese newspaper, reported on Sunday that North Korea is planning to use five Chinese businessmen to smuggle equipment to Iran for use in its nuclear and missile programs. According to an unnamed source, an Iranian delegation, including senior officials from the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, visited the North last month to help plan the transfers. 

The five Chinese intermediaries are located in Hunchun, near the North Korean border, and Beijing. Pyongyang and Tehran have been planning to use the intermediaries to minimize travel between them as a means of avoiding detection by international weapons inspectors and Western intelligence agencies.

Both Beijing and Tehran have denied similar allegations. Yet whether this particular Sankei report is true, China has facilitated nuclear transfers of technology to the two states, both directly and through Pakistan.

All four nations have uranium enrichment programs that are based on China’s technology. That’s no coincidence because Beijing covertly transferred the technology to Pakistan beginning in 1974 in a now well-documented cooperation.

Later, Dr. A. Q. Khan, the “father of Pakistan’s bomb,” merchandised that technology to the two other states. Khan’s dealings with North Korea began sometime in the early 1990s. Islamabad and Pyongyang, for instance, had entered into a nukes-for-missiles deal with “Pakistani” enrichment technology heading to North Korea and North Korean missiles going to Pakistan. Pakistani air force planes involved in transferring items covered by this arrangement—including centrifuges used to enrich uranium to weapons-grade purity—refueled at a military base in Lanzhou, in central China, on their way to and from North Korea in 2002.

It is inconceivable that Beijing was unaware that its two closest allies were trading one of its most sensitive technologies and using its own military facilities to complete the exchange. Since 2002, the United States has sanctioned Chinese companies for transferring to the North items useful in a uranium-weapons program. Scruples

With regard to Iran, analysts concur with the staff of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, that Tehran obtained centrifuges from the Khan network. Khan in fact confessed to transfers to Iran.

Yet China directly—and continuously—transferred to Iran materials and technology, even after 1997 when, in behind-the-scenes discussions between Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and US President Bill Clinton, Beijing promised Washington to stop supporting the ayatollah’s nuclear program. In November 2003, for example, the Associated Press reported that the staff of the IAEA had identified China as one of the probable sources of equipment used in Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. And in July 2007, the Wall Street Journal reported that the State Department had lodged formal protests with Beijing about Chinese companies, in violation of Security Council resolutions on Iran, exporting to that country items that could help Tehran build nuclear weapons.

China’s assistance has, unfortunately, continued into this decade. This March, for instance, Malaysian police in Port Klang seized two containers from a ship en route to Iran from China. Authorities believe that items labeled “goods used for liquid mixing or storage for pharmaceutical or chemical or food industry” were actually parts for nuclear warheads.

The Sankei report indicates that Beijing, despite decades of assurances to the United States, is still involved in the most dangerous trade in the world.

Chinese Authorities sentence 3 more Tibetan Monks + tries to bribe them-No Morals-No Ethics!

TCHRD PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                 

3 More Monks Sentenced to ‘Re-education Through Labour; China Attempts to Dissuade Kirti Monks with Money

 Around 10 September 2011, three Kirti monks were sentenced to 2- 3 years’ re-education through labor by the Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Prefecture Public Security Bureau (PSB). The three monks; Lobsang Dhargye, Tsekho and Dorjee were all arrested around 12 April 2011 on suspicion related to the 16 March 2011 self immolation of monk Phuntsog.

According to our sources, Dorjee, a 16 years old from Lhoengtsang Village, Ngaba County, has been sentenced to three years re-education through labor.

Tsekho is 30 years old, born in Tru-tse Township, Ngaba County and 22 years old Lobsang Dhargye is from Myeruma, Ngaba County.  Both Tsekho and Lobsang Dhargye have been sentenced to re-education through labor for two years and six months.

Since the beginning of this month, Kirti Monastery monks were on 15 days annual holiday. By this time (19 September), all monks are supposed to be back at the monastery but very few of them were back at the monastery from their holiday. However, many Chinese officials arrived at the monastery claiming to make identity cards for the Kirti monks. Sources also said that the Head of the monastery and his assistants have been frequently harassed by the Chinese officials.

 It is also known that the Chinese authorities are planning sturdily to further endorse the ‘Patriotic Re-education’ and to significantly minimize the strength of monks. They have promised payment of 20,000 Yuan and also a loan of 50,000 Yuan to help in ‘starting a new livelihood’ to those who voluntarily resigns from the monastery. Yet, so far none of the monks has claimed such reward and benefits.

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