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China: Four Tibetan Children at imminent risk of torture

October 16, 2007

Four Tibetan children aged 15 years, detained since 7 September in
Gansu province, are at grave risk of torture and mistreatment on
suspicion of writing pro-Tibetan independence slogans, said Amnesty
International today. A fifth child, 14 years old, is in hospital
suffering severe head injuries received in detention.

Amnesty International has received reports that electric prods have
been used on the children and that Chopa Kyab, one of the children
still in detention, is being taken away at night and has been severely
traumatised by his treatment.

On 7 September some 40 children were detained by police in Xiahe
county, Gannan prefecture, Gansu province, for exercising their right
to freedom of expression. All but seven of the children were released
from police custody within 48 hours. Two of these seven children, aged
14 years old, were later released after payments were made by their
families to the police, believed to be in the amount of 2000 yuan
(US$250). Another boy, aged 14 years, believed to be called Lhamo
Tseten, was allowed to go to hospital for treatment of severe wounds
to the head received in detention, also after payments to the police.

Public Security Bureau officials are reportedly demanding payment for
the release of the remaining four boys still in custody, said to be
more than 20,000 yuan ($2500). It appears that the police will not
release any of the boys until full payment is made for all of them.
However, children released after payment by their families may be
rearrested shortly after, in a pattern previously observed by local
residents.

Amnesty demands the immediate release of the four children still in
detention, and calls on the Chinese authorities to launch an
investigation into the brutal treatment of the children, and into the
reports of corrupt practices by local police demanding payment from
families for the release of those in detention. The children should be
given immediate medical treatment and be protected from further abuse.

Background

Amnesty International has long-standing concerns about arbitrary
detention without charge, trial or judicial review, as well as torture
and ill-treatment of detainees in Tibet.

Freedom of religion, expression and association continue to be
severely restricted in Tibet, and as result many are imprisoned for
peacefully exercising their basic human rights. As elsewhere in China,
arbitrary detentions, unfair trials,torture and ill-treatment remain
commonplace.

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