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'300 arrested in Tibet in 2009; still in detention'

January 24, 2010

SIFY (India)
January 22, 2010

Around 300 people, 'arbitrarily' arrested in
Tibet last year, are still under detention, the
Tibetan government-in-exile said here in its report Friday.

'In 2009, some 300 Tibetans were arbitrarily
arrested and they are still under detention.
Eleven Tibetans were sentenced to life
imprisonment,' said Ugen Tenzin, executive
director of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights
and Democracy, in this north Indian hill station.

'Human rights violations continue unabated with
impunity and there is no sign of let up by the
Chinese government,' said the report released by
the centre, which monitors human rights in Tibet.

It said that religious institutions across Tibet
continue to face steady decline in the quality of
education due to continuous restrictions on
activities and movements of Tibetan monks and nuns.

'The year 2009 in Tibet witnessed intensification
of the patriotic education campaign in religious
institutions across Tibet, resulting in
widespread violation of freedom of religious
worship and beliefs,' the report said.

Four Tibetans, the report claimed, were executed
in Lhasa Oct 20 for their alleged role in the
peaceful protests against five decades of China's repression in Tibet.

In 1959, after the start of the Chinese
occupation of Tibet, Tibetan spiritual guru the
Dalai Lama, 74, fled Tibet along with many of his
supporters and took refuge in Dharamsala. He has
ever since been heading the government-in-exile from here.
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