Archive for March, 2008

Stand with Tibet – Support the Dalai Lama

Stand with Tibet – Support the Dalai Lama


Petition to Chinese President Hu Jintao:

As citizens around the world, we call on you to show restraint and respect for human rights in your response to the protests in Tibet, and to address the concerns of all Tibetans by opening meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Only dialogue and reform will bring lasting stability. China’s brightest future, and its most positive relationship with the world, lies in harmonious development, dialogue and respect.

Link here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/tibet_end_the_violence/22.php?cl=64982663

Please help and sign the petition.

More Photos from Tibet





Dear Friends,

We are living in the same planet, enjoying the freedom and human rights. But on one part of our planet, now the Tibetans are suffering from the cruel rule of the Chinese government.

Since 14th, march, the Chinese government and its army have been using guns and cannons to kill the Tibetans while they were demonstrating for their freedom and human rights. Hereby are the photos about the murders and killings happened in Tibet recently. Please be clear-headed about the truth! We ask the whole world to blame the Chinese government for what they have done!

Tenzin Chime
tenzin.chime@yahoo.com





END THE GENOCIDE IN TIBET

Press Release
INDONESIANS SOLIDARITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF TIBET END THE GENOCIDE IN TIBET

We are the Indonesians Solidarity for the People of Tibet very much regret the massacre in the Tiananmen field, and the other cases namely the ban of the Christian minority group, the Uyghur Moslem, and the Falun Gong, by the government of China. The people of Tibet currently miss their freedom under the gunpoint of the government of Peoples’ Republic of China. Approximately 80 demonstrators were reported killed, the monks and the other civilians are currently live in fear.

We condemn the China authority’s brutality by committing a mass killing against the People of Tibet. The Tibetan’s struggle over their fundamental rights was not suppose to be responded by gunshots. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has firmly stated that every person has their freedom to express their opinion. (Article 19) The Republic of China as one of the member of the United Nations and the member of the Security Council, must have been noticed those human rights principles. Thus, the massacre against the people of Tibet who were struggling their rights constitutes genocide.

According to the substance of what the people of Tibet struggle about, by not letting the Olympic held in China, it is the true struggle. The Olympic is supposed to be held by the countries who respect, not only sportivity, but also respect the difference and human fundamental rights. Based on the Olympic charter there are several fundamental rights for which the government of China as the organizer must fulfill. The first principle states that it seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The second states that Olympic has a view of promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity. The fourth says that sports are a human right and its practice requires mutual understanding, a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The fifth rejects discrimination as being incompatible with the Olympic Movement. These are the foundations of the Olympics.

Those basic principle prove that the Republic of China does not deserve the host of the 2008 Olympic. Beside all the past crime committed to human’s life, it proves that in nowadays context the genocide is still going on in Tibet and in the mainland of China. Not to mention the China’s involvement in the Darfur riot, that made Steven Spielberg resign of being the director in the Olympic opening.

The head of all states around the world should make protest against the policy of the republic of China. The massacre must be ended right now. Otherwise, the human civilization will be disturbed by that inhuman policy. Being silent to the China’s Policy is also a violation of Human Rights. Therefore, there is no excuse for the pro-democratic states to be silent. Based on those reasons, the Indonesian Solidarity for the People of Tibet states as follow :

1. to urge the China’s government to immediately end its operation to and immediately release all civilians who fought their civil and political rights with no condition
2. to urge the international community namely the Security Council to immediately take a strict measure against the China’s position toward the people of Tibet
3. to urge the International Olympic Committee to revoke its mandate against the China’s government as the host of the 2008 Olympic
4. to urge the Indonesian government as the part of a non-permanent Security Council and the member of ASEAN to immediately send protest note of the tragedy happening in Tibet
5. to call out the worlds’ community to unite and conduct boycott the Olympic that will be held on August, 2008

Jakarta, March 17th, 2008

Hormat kami,

INDONESIANS SOLIDARITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF TIBET
Global Human Rights Effort (GHURE)
Human Rights Working Groups (HRWG)
Komisi Untuk Orang Hilang dan Tindak Kekerasan (KontraS)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta (LBH Jakarta)
Solidaritas Indonesia untuk Falun Gong

Coalition to Investigation the Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners in China (CIPFG) Region Indonesia

Contact Person:
1. Henny Chen, GHURE (+628551118599)
2. Ali Akbar, HRWG (+6281584141459)
3. Sri Suparyati, Kontras (+628128937025)
4. Asfinawati, LBH Jakarta (+628128218930)
5. Fajar Pratikno, CIPFG (+622171073688)

Office :
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Email Update on Tibet

Mobile phone pictures depict intensity of demonstration in Amdo Labrang. According to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), thousands of Tibetan monks and laypeople converged and stage demonstration in the streets of Sangchu County, Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (“TAP”), Gansu Province.

The demonstration which took place around 2pm (Beijing Time) today is currently ongoing. Mobile phone pictures depicting the intensity of the demonstration are obtained by the TCHRD.

Around 50 monks from the Labrang Tashikyil Monastery staged a demonstration carrying the banned Tibetan national flag and called for “Tibetan Independence” around 2 p.m. (Beijing Time) today afternoon. Around 500 monks from the same monastery later joined the demonstration. The demonstration eventually grew into thousands when laypeople also joined in. The police started to fire live ammunitions in the air and started to beat when the demonstrators neared the Sangchu County Public Security Bureau headquarters.

TCHRD will continue to monitor the situation and update as the situation progresses.

Mr. Tashi Phuntsok
Information Officer
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Gangchen Kysihong, Dharamsala H.P India





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From: Tashi Phuntsok
Date: Mar 17, 2008 6:49 PM
Subject: Re: Mobile phone pictures depict intensity of demonstration in Amdo Labrang
To: 518 Folkschool

UPRISING IN TIBET
CHRONOLOGY OF PEACEFUL PROTESTS IN TIBET SINCE 10 MARCH 2008

Since 10 March 2008, spate after spate of peaceful protests broke out in Chinese occupied Tibet. The Chinese security forces have rolled in tanks and deployed troops in large numbers in various parts of Tibet in order to forcibly quell the peaceful demonstrations. The protests mark decades of deep resentment by the Tibetan people against the Chinese rule in Tibet.

Following is a list of protests in chronological order. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) acknowledges that despite being fully alert some of the peaceful protest might not have been reported to the Centre.


Drepung Monastery- 10 March 2008

On the evening of 10 March 2008, about three hundred monks from Drepung Monastery, located on the outskirts of the capital, attempted to start a planned peaceful protest march towards Barkhor Street, Lhasa. However, they were obstructed from proceeding with their peaceful march by a large number of Chinese armed police before reaching Lhasa. Monks suspected of being the ringleaders of the planned protest were arrested by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials. Drepung Monastery has been sealed since then.


Sera Monastery – 10 & 11 March

On 10 March 2008, a group of fifteen monks, later joined by two laypersons led a peaceful pro-Tibet march from Tsuklakhang Temple, proclaiming pro-independence slogans, distributing pamphlets and raising the banned Tibetan national flags at Barkhor Street in Lhasa. They were arrested immediately by the stationed Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials following a brief protest march. The arrested Tibetans were reportedly beaten severely and manhandled by the PSB officials. Moreover, the shops and vendors around Barkhor Street were ordered to close and pack up. The detained monks were confirmed to be visiting student monks of Sera Monastery, mainly from the Kham and Amdo regions of Tibet. Additional contingents of armed forces were deployed to the area to issue an explicit warning to people against undertaking further protests as well as to control and monitor the activities of the people.

On 11 March, about 2000 strong Chinese troop fired tear gas in order to disperse hundreds of monks from Sera Monastery who were calling for the release of their fellow monks and shouting pro-Tibet slogans. The People’s Armed Police forces sealed off the monasteries thereby completely curbing the people’s movement in and out of the area, including protesting laypeople from visiting these monasteries.


Lutsang Monastery, Mangra County, Tsolho “TAP”- 10 March

In yet another incident, a protest has also been reported from the traditional Tibetan area of Amdo in Mangra County, Tsolho (Ch: Hainan) ‘Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’ (“TAP”) Qinghai Province on 10 March. About 150 monks from Lutsang Monastery in Mangra County, Tsolho “TAP” and around 200 laypersons from the area were barred by the Mangra County People’s Armed Police (PAP) forces when they converged outside the County Assembly Hall where a government sponsored show was going on. Sensing a protest by the Tibetans, the show was forced to discontinue. Later monks and laypeople started shouting slogans “Long live Dalai Lama” and “The Dalai Lama should return to Tibet”.

Jyekundo, “TAP” Qinghai – 9 & 10 March

On 9 March, hundreds of banned portraits of the Dalai Lama were confiscated from a number of homes in Jyekundo, (Ch: Yushu/Jiegu) “TAP”, Qinghai Province during a midnight raid conducted by local Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials. Two families were reportedly fined 500 Yuan each for possessing the banned portraits. The next day, pamphlets calling for Tibet’s independence were known to have been pasted on the walls around the area.

Ditsa Monastery, – 10 March

In one incident, around 20 local Chinese officials convened a meeting of monks at Ditsa Monastery, Bayan County, Tsoshar “TAP” (Ch: Haidong), Qinghai Province. However, around 70 monks walked out of the meeting carrying the portrait of the Dalai Lama and shouted pro-independence slogans. Later the monks proceeded towards a small hill behind the monastery to offer Sangsol Prayer, and were later joined by onlookers. Open calls for solidarity with “the peace marcher from Dharamsala to Lhasa,” initiated by leading exiled Tibetan NGOs, were even reportedly raised by the monks. A total of around four hundred people gathered for the prayer that day.

Labrang Tashikyil Monastery, Sangchu County, “TAP” – 10 March

Incidents of police removing pamphlets calling for Tibet’s independence were reported from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Sangchu County (Ch: Xiahe xian), Kanlho “TAP” Gansu Province.


Kandze – 10 March

There are also reports of people having pasted pamphlets calling for Tibet’s independence from Kandze County, Kandze “TAP” Sichuan Province on 10 March. So far there is no information on case of arrest or detention from the area.

Raid in former political prisoners’ homes – 10 March

According to sources, on the evening of 10 March, sudden raids were being conducted in the homes of former political prisoners by the authorities looking particularly for any incriminating CDs such as the US Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama ceremony which have covertly been in circulation recently, or electronic goods particularly computers, phones and Internet connections.

Recall of government employees, Arrest and restriction in Tibet University

On 11 March, the authorities of Lhasa City have recalled all the employees of various government departments who were on leave to return to work immediately and issued a restraint order banning taking leave. Around five students of Tibet University were also confirmed to be arrested by the PSB officials on 13 March. Restrictions were also imposed on the movement of students, including Tibet University students in Lhasa, with authorities increasing the vigilance personnel and keeping a record of student movements at the main entrance gate of the University.


Chutsang Nunnery- 12 & 13 March

On the morning of 12 March, coinciding with the Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day, around a hundred Tibetan nuns from Chutsang Nunnery in the west side of Lhasa marched towards Barkhor Street for a peaceful demonstration. However, they were blocked by Chinese People’s Armed Police from moving forward and sent back to their monastery. There are no reports of arrest or detention after the march. However, on the morning of 13 March, the same group of nuns carried out their protest march towards Lhasa and have not yet returned to their monastery. On contacting the monastery, only a few senior nuns remain there.


Gaden Monastery- 12 March

Similarly, Gaden Monastery (about 50 Kms east of Lhasa City) in Takse County, remains sealed off and surrounded by People’s Armed Police since yesterday afternoon, following the protest by monks on 12 March. Contact with the outside world is known to have been terminated at the moment.


Ramoche Temple – 14 March

Information coming out of Lhasa has confirmed that Ramoche Temple in the north side of Lhasa has been surrounded by People’s Armed Police (PAP) following a peaceful protest led by monks of the temple in Lhasa this morning. Ramoche Temple and all roads leading toward the temple were cordoned off by a large number of PAP forces, restricting monks from moving outside. A scuffle broke out between PAP forces and the protesting monks and common people. The report of agitating protestors setting fire on a vehicle and shops also surfaced from Tibet but incident of death, injury and arrest could not be ascertained.

Following protests by Tibetans in Lhasa, a meeting was convened among the concerned Department heads of surrounding districts adjoining Lhasa City, to restrict and control people’s entry into the city. It is highly possible that security and movement of people may be tightened in an attempt to block the flow of information about protests to the outside world, and to prevent others from joining similar protests in the capital.


Amdo Labrang – 14 March

Thousands of Tibetan monks and laypeople converged and staged demonstration in the streets of Sangchu County (Ch: Xiahe xian), Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (“TAP”), Gansu Province. The demonstration which took place around 2pm (Beijing Time) today is currently ongoing. Mobile phone pictures depicting the intensity of the demonstration are obtained by the TCHRD.

Around 50 monks from the Labrang Tashikyil Monastery staged a demonstration carrying the banned Tibetan national flag and called for “Tibetan Independence” around 2 p.m. (Beijing Time) on 14 March. Around 500 monks from the same monastery later joined the demonstration. The demonstration eventually grew into thousands when laypeople also joined in. The police started to fire live ammunitions in the air and started to beat when the demonstrators neared the Sangchu County Public Security Bureau headquarters.


Amdo Labrang – 15 March

On 15 March a fresh demonstration erupted in the morning around 10 AM (Beijing Time) in Labrang, Sangchu County(Ch: Xiahe xian), Kanlho “TAP” Gansu Province in the eastern part of the Tibetan area as a follow-up to the previous day’s demonstration staged by monks of Labrang Tashikyil Monastery which was later joined by thousands of Tibetans in the area.

Thousands of people including monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery staged a peaceful demonstration at the county government’s headquarters. The demonstration was started by monks of Labrang Tashikyil Monastery and was later joined by common citizens at a place known as Choeten Karpo (White Stupa) where people offered Sangsol Prayer (incense burning ritual). After the prayer session, people raised “pro-independence” and “Long live the Dalai Lama'” slogans while heading towards the Sangchu County Government headquarters. The People’s Armed Police (PAP) fired tear gas and live ammunition into the air to disperse the demonstrators. The demonstrators were arrested and beaten by PAP forces and PSB officials from the area, although the number could not be ascertained at the moment.

Chinese Authorities issue “surrender” order – 15 March

In the morning of 15 March 2008, the People’s Higher Court, Regional People’s Procuratorate and the regional Public Security Bureau of the so-called “Tibet Autonomous Region” (“TAR”) issued a notice demanding protestors to give themselves in for leniency by Monday midnight. The notice further stated that those who surrender and inform “will be exempt from punishment”, it also stated, “those who cover up or shelter the lawbreakers would be punished in accordance with the law.”


Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery – 15 March

Monks of Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery (a branch of Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery in Dzoge County (Ch: Zoige) Ngaba (Ch: Aba) “TAP”, Sichuan Province staged a peaceful demonstration in the afternoon of 15 March 2008. Truckloads of troops were sent into the area to disperse the protesting crowd to put the situation under control. More than ten monks were reportedly arrested and around five others injured following a violent crackdown by People’s Armed Police (PAP) on the peaceful protestors.


Bumying and Onpo Monastery sealed – 16 March

Hundreds of People’s Armed Police have surrounded Bumying and Onpo Monasteries in Tibet, (Shiqu County, Ganze Prefecture, Sichuan Province), to avoid further spread of the protests in Lhasa and other areas. Bumying Monastery remained sealed off following incident of Tibetan independence pamphlets having scattered in the area on the evening of 15 March. Further problems were provoked when police demanded the removal of a photograph of the Dalai Lama but a senior monk from the monastery refused to do so. After a short while, troops of People’s Armed Police surrounded the monastery from all sides.

Onpo monastery, also in Sershul town is currently surrounded by People’s Armed Police, seemingly without provocation. However, it appears to be a precautionary measure on the part of the Chinese authorities as this is the home monastery of several of the monks arrested in Lhasa from the Sera Monastery protest march earlier this week on March 10.


Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery – 16 March

At around 11.30 AM (Beijing Time) on 16 March 2008, thousands of Tibetan monks of Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery, in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba), Ngaba “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (“TAP”), Sichuan Province, gathered for a prayer session in the morning. Shortly after the end of morning prayer session, thousands of monks erupted into spontaneous protest by raising slogans calling for “Tibet independence”, “return of the Dalai Lama” and “freedom for Tibet”. In moment’s time, the Chinese security police burst into the Monastery campus and lobbed tear gas on the Tibetan protestors.

At least seven shot dead in demonstration in Ngaba County – 16 March

At least seven people were known to have been shot dead including monks of Ngaba Kirti Monastery by the People’s Armed Police (PAP) during the peaceful demonstration by thousands of people in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba) this afternoon. Hundreds of people are also known to have been injured in the incident following PAP crackdown on the protestors. The demonstration is still going on when the Centre received the information from the venue of demonstration.

The demonstration started around 11.30 AM (Beijing Time), when thousands of Tibetan monks of Amdo Ngaba Kirti Monastery, in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba), Ngaba “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (“TAP”) Sichuan Province, gathered for a prayer session this morning. Shortly after the end of morning prayer session, thousands of monks erupted into spontaneous protest by raising slogans calling for “Tibet independence”, “return of the Dalai Lama” and “freedom for Tibet”. The demonstration was later joined by common citizens of Ngaba County total numbering thousands of people who were heading towards Ngaba County government headquarters and Ngaba County PSB Office.


Eight dead bodies have been brought into Ngaba Kirti Monastery: 16 March

Eight dead bodies have been brought into Ngaba Kirti Monastery according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. The bodies were brought in from the protest scene in Ngaba County, Sichuan Province. Sources say at least “30 Tibetans felled” after armed troops shot indiscriminately into the peacefully protesting Tibetans. Out of the eight bodies, one has been identified as Lobsang Tashi, a former monk in his mid 20s. The remaining bodies are unidentified at the moment. The monks in Kirti Monastery are currently offering prayers for the deceased.

Fresh protest broke out in Rong Gonchen Monastery, Rebkong County- 16 March

A fresh protest broke out in Rong Gonchen Monastery, Rebkong County (Ch: Tongren Xian), Malho Prefecture (Ch: Huangnan) “Tibet Autonomous Prefecture”, Qinghai Province. Around 300 monks of Rong Gonchen Monastery conducted Sangsol Prayer (Incense burning ritual) on the hill just behind the monastery during the early hours of the day. It was known that the monks performed Long Life Prayer Ceremony for the Dalai Lama. Shortly after the end of the prayer ceremony, the monks started peace march towards the government headquarters of Rebkong County which is located in the downtown market area which was later joined by lay people of the County.

However, in minutes’ time they were confronted and blocked by the security personnel from continuing the demonstration. Source says that the monks are currently stranded at the monastery courtyard surrounded by a heavy presence of paramilitary troops. In a course of time, more and more ordinary people flock in to join the monks protesting inside the monastery courtyard. The situation is said to be extremely tense. The source also says that the security personnel have already started firing tear gas on the crowds to disperse them. At the moment, the arrests, and deaths of the protestors could not be ascertained.

Eight dead bodies brought into Ngaba Kirti Monastery: 16 March 2008

Eight dead bodies have been brought into Ngaba Kirti Monastery according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. The bodies were brought in from the protest scene in Ngaba County, Sichuan Province. Sources say at least “30 Tibetans felled” after armed troops shot indiscriminately into the peacefully protesting Tibetans. Out of the eight bodies, one has been identified as Lobsang Tashi, a former monk in his mid 20s. The remaining bodies are unidentified at the moment. The monks in Kirti Monastery are currently offering prayers for the deceased.

Students staged a protest in eastern Tibet: 16 March 2008

Tibetan students in the eastern Gansu province staged a peaceful protest in the afternoon of 16 March. Around 500 Tibetan students of the Tibetan Studies Department of the North Western Nationality University, Lanzhou City, Gansu Provincial Capital, Lanzhou staged a peaceful demonstration inside the University campus this afternoon (Beijing Time).

Confirmed information says that students had circulated leaflets containing information about the recent Lhasa demonstrations inside the University campus. The sources confirmed that there are about one thousand Tibetan students studying in the university. Information confirmed that there are 300 Tibetan students holed up in the campus by the security forces. The students were known to be carrying a large banner with a slogan “DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN LIVES ARE PRECIOUS”. The Tibetan students also raised slogans calling for the immediate end to the brutal crackdown on the Tibetan people referring to the ongoing reports of arrests in the Lhasa city.

Following the circulation of leaflets, the city People’s Armed Police (PAP) forces and Public Security Bureau (PSB) personnel stormed the university and cordon off the entire campus area. According to sources, the movements of students were known to have been strictly curtailed under a heavy presence of PAP and PSB at the University campus gate.


Protest in Amdo Machu: 16 March

Meanwhile in another incident, at around 6 PM (Beijing Time), about 1500 local Tibetans from Machu County (Ch: Maqu xian), Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture”(“TAP”), Gansu Province staged a peaceful demonstration in the main city of the County. Protestors raised slogans calling for the “Independence for Tibet”, “Long Live the Dalai Lama” and other demands. The sources also confirmed that the agitated protestors had burnt down one police vehicle during the demonstration. Additional large-scale contingents of PAP and PSB were brought in to crackdown upon the protestors.

Nyulru Protest: 16 March

Around 250 Tibetans of Nyulra Township, Machu County (Ch: Maqu xian), Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture”(“TAP”), Gansu Province destroyed the doors of County government offices during the protest. The protestors also took off the Chinese national flag and hoisted the banned Tibetan flag in place. The protestors later shouted pro-independence slogans. The situation is known to be extremely tense at the moment with the large-scale mobilization of truckloads of paramilitary troops had already began in the area. No further information on the situation could not be ascertained

Mass abductions in midnight raids by Chinese security forces in Lhasa: 15 & 16 March


Hundreds of Tibetans are arbitrarily arrested in the ongoing house-by-house raid by Chinese security forces in Lhasa beginning from 15 March 2008. All former political prisoners have already been rounded off and thrown into prisons by the security forces according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

With streets filled with patrolling Chinese armed troops and tanks in Lhasa city, the security agencies comb each and every house in Lhasa and pick up all suspected Tibetans, especially youth, from their houses accompanied by severe beatings by the armed forces. In testimonies received by TCHRD, mothers and elderlies in the families helplessly plea at security forces upon seeing their sons and loved ones being beaten and dragged away.

Law enforcement authorities in the so-called “Tibet Autonomous Region” had on Saturday (15 March) issued an ultimatum to the protesting Tibetans to voluntarily surrender before Monday midnight (17 March). However, the actual arrest has already begun in house-by-house raid since yesterday while the world expects it to take place from tomorrow. Although Martial Law is not officially imposed in Lhasa, it has all the elements of the Martial Law imposed in 1989 by the then “TAR” Party Secretary Hu Jintao, currently the President of People’s Republic of China.

TCHRD fears more arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearances to take place in the coming few days. The Centre also expresses its deepest fear of torture on the Tibetan arrestees which is a regular feature in the Chinese administered detention centres and prisons in Chinese occupied Tibet. TCHRD appeals to the international community to urgently show their solidarity and act for the arrested peaceful Tibetan protesters and innocent arrestees.


Around 40 middle school students arrested in Marthang

Around 40 Tibetan middle school students were known to have been severely beaten before being arrested at around 8:30 AM (Beijing Time) following students’ call for the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) multiple sources within Tibet.

Around one hundred Tibetan students of Marthang Nationality Middle School in Marthang County (Ch: Hongyuan Xian), Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Prefecture, “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” (“TAP”), Sichuan Province, erupted into a spontaneous demonstration inside the school compound calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet during the morning school hours. The age of the students are known to be between 14-20.According to witnesses, the People’s Armed Police (PAP) and Marthang County Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials blocked and immediately crushed the students while they came out of the school premises shouting slogan calling for the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet. Students were severely beaten and manhandled before being dragged into the waiting police vehicles.

According to the latest information coming out of Tibet, it indicates that around 700 students of the Marthang Nationality Middle School in a solemn gesture of solidarity with the arrested students are staging protest outside Marthang County PSB office. The conditions and identities of those middle school students could not be ascertained at the moment; however, the Centre will continue to monitor the situation and will update as and when more information surfaces from the area.

TCHRD condemns in its strongest terms the Chinese security forces’ heavy handedness in dealing with the peaceful Tibetan students and expresses its deepest concern over the safety of the protesting students. TCHRD calls for the immediate and unconditional release of those arrested this morning for peacefully expressing their views and exercising their freedom of expression, association and assembly.

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) condemns in strongest terms the Chinese security forces use of brute force upon the peaceful Tibetan protesters. TCHRD expresses its serious concern on the well being of the protestors and urge the Chinese authorities to exercise restraint in responding to continuing protests in the light of numbers of confirmed death surfacing from the area who are peacefully expressing their views and exercising their freedom of expression, association and assembly. TCHRD calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all Tibetans arrested and detained in the past days. The Centre will continue to monitor the situation inside Tibet and release updates as the situation progresses.

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Tashi Phuntsok (Mr.)
Information Officer

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Gangchen Kysihong, Dharamsala H.P India

Phone:  01892-223363/229225
Cell no: 9418055622

24-hour online demo against Internet censorship

Reporters Without Borders will launch the first International Online Free Expression Day under UNESCO’s patronage on 12 March, when it will also organise its second “24-hour online demo against Internet censorship,” urging Internet users to come and demonstrate on its website, http://www.rsf.org.

A total of 63 cyber-dissidents are currently in jail worldwide for using their right to free expression on the Internet. China continues to be the world’s biggest prison for online journalists and bloggers.

To denounce government censorship of the Internet and to demand more online freedom, Reporters Without Borders is calling on Internet users to come and protest in online versions of the nine countries that are “Internet enemies” during the 24 hours from 11 a.m. on 12 March to 11 a.m. on 13 March (Paris time). Anyone with Internet access will be able to create an avatar, choose a message for their banner and take part in one of the nine cyber-demos (Burma, China, North Korea, Cyba, Egypt, Erithrea, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Viêt-nam).

Reporters Without Borders will release its latest list of “Internet enemies” together with a new version of its Handbook for Cyber-Dissidents.

When the first “24 hours against Internet censorship” was held last year, some 40,000 Internet users came and clicked on an inter-active map of the world to help make the “Internet black holes” disappear. This time we can do even more to make this new protest a success and to put pressure on the governments that try to muzzle what should be space where people can express their views freely.

This operation was devised and produced by the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency. A campaign ad is being circulated online calling on Internet users the world over to come and take part in the 24-hour protest. All news media, websites and blogs that would like to support this major operation are invited to get in touch with Lilia Bouhdjar at +33 (0)1 4483-8456.

Long Live Ms. Irom Sharmila!

The May 18 Memorial Foundation celebrates the news on the release of Ms. Irom Sharmila from police custody. Ms. Sharmila is a co-winner to the 2007 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.
The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Committee awarded Ms. Chanu as recognition and honor for her indefatigable efforts to improve human rights in India and the noble cause of social justice. Her example is an inspiration to the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain human rights, democracy and peace.

Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila has been fasting since November 2000 demanding for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958. This act, for the last 50 years gives sweeping powers to the military that includes shooting or killing innocent civilians on mere suspicion with complete impunity. To date, not a single armed forces personnel has been indicted under the civilian law despite proven cases of human rights violations and abuse of their powers. And in 2004, no less than the Chief Minister of Manipur had admitted that over 20,000 people had been killed since 1972.

The May 18 Memorial Foundation supports the call of Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila to have this draconian law repealed. The foundation established by the citizens of Gwangju in order to commemorate and preserve the spirit of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, believes in the right of the people to have their human rights respected, for the rule of law and ideals of democracy to prevail and an end to all authoritarian and militaristic rule so that peace may reign.

The May 18 Memorial Foundation a non-profit organization established on August 30, 1994. The Foundation aims to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Uprising, contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea, and work towards peace and human rights throughout the world. Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

Long Live Ms. Irom Sharmila!


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518 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School

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