Reported by Sangyal Kunchok for RFA’s Tibetan Service and by the Uyghur Service. Translated by Tenzin Dickyi. Written in English by Richard Finney.
Rights groups called on the world on Monday to remember the Tibetans, Uyghurs, and members of other groups who have been forcibly “disappeared” at the hands of Chinese authorities, with one rights group estimating disappearances in China’s mainland alone at up to 50,000 in the current year.
In Tibetan areas of China, at least 40 cases of enforced disappearance have been recorded during the last three years, said Dharamsala, India-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in a statement on Aug. 30, the 38th annual International Day of the Disappeared.
Victims have included monks and nuns, writers and artists, farmers and community leaders, and students and other intellectuals, TCHRD said in its report, adding that the majority of those who disappeared were described by authorities as suspects in cases of “endangering state security” or “disclosing state secrets.”
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