Rights Groups Concern over Tibet Repression After Olympics
Thursday, 7 August 2008, 11:49 a.m.
Dharamshala: A human rights
group-based in Dharamshala said Wednesday the Chinese government has
reneged from its pledge to improve human rights on getting the right to
host the Olympic Games and expressed serious concern over more
repressions to follow in Tibet after the Games.
“The Chinese government has also defied the strong appeal from the
international community to better human rights in Tibet,” said Mr Ugen
Tenzin, executive director of the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and
Democracy (TCHRD), during the launch of a documentary on peaceful
demonstrations in Tibet.
“On the contrary, it [Chinese government] has stepped up the
policies of repression, including clamp down on peaceful
demonstrations, restrictions on the freedom of expression and religious
freedom, impose arbitrary arrests, torture and verdicts for having
different views from that of the government,” he added.
Stepping up its ‘patriotic education’ campaign, recently the
Chinese government has issued diktat to Tibetan officials to call back
their children studying in Tibetan schools in exile and threatened to
expel them their jobs and punish for failure to comply.
Under government’s plans on sweeping purge in Tibetan
monasteries, senior monks and reincarnate lamas will be subjected to
“patriotic education” and failing to carry out the orders will be
“stripped of their post and imprisoned”.
Monks, who refuse to change their thinking in line with
official demands, will be expelled and jailed.
“Religious activities will be halted” in those monasteries where a
substantial percentage of monks involved in this year’s peaceful
protests – a figure ranging from ten to 30 per cent.
TCHRD has strongly appealed to the Chinese government to put an
“immediate end to the suppressions of fundamental human rights in
The Chinese government must carry out swift improvement on the
critical and deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet, the group
In its new report released Tuesday, the US-based International
Campaign for Tibet reported on ‘disappearance’ and detention of
hundreds of Tibetans, including monks, nuns and schoolchildren, who are
treated with extreme brutality in custody.
“Unarmed peaceful protestors who have been shot dead, and names
of those who have died following torture in prison or as a result of
suicide due to despair over the crackdown or being made to denounce His
Holiness the Dalai Lama,” the report said.
The report said an overwhelming majority of protests across the
Tibetan plateau were “non-violent” and Tibetans have risked their lives
to demonstrate support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
–Editing by Lobsang CHOEDAK