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China: Two Protests by Students in Tibetan Areas

March 25, 2010

NYT March 23, 2010

Groups of students in two Tibetan areas of Gansu Province, in western China,
have held separate protests after Chinese security forces imposed lockdowns
at boarding schools before the anniversaries of previous Tibetan uprisings,
according to a report by the International Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy
group. The report, based on information obtained by Tibetans in exile with
ties to people in Gansu, was similar to an earlier report of the protests by
Radio Free Asia.

Fifty Tibetans allegedly caught over info leaks By J. Michael Cole Taipei
Times, Mar 24, 2010

Since the unrest in Tibet in March 2008, as many as 50 Tibetans have been
arrested for sending reports, photos or videos abroad, Reporters Without
Borders (RSF) said in a report on Monday. In some cases, those arrests
resulted in long jail sentences.

The latest conviction, the group said, involved a Netizen called "Dasher"
who received a 10-year prison sentence on charges of "separatism" for
sending reports and photos of the protests.

"The repression has never stopped since the March 2008 uprising in the
Tibetan regions," RSF said. "This persecution of Tibetans who take risks to
send evidence of the human rights situation abroad is a tragic illustration
of the state of exception that reigns in Tibet. We call for their immediate

Dasher, arrested on March 13, 2008, was convicted and sentenced by an
intermediate court in Lhasa late last month. The exact date of his trial is
not known. He is being held in Lhasa's Chushur prison, the group said.

RSF claims that at least 50 Tibetans have been arrested for sending
information out of China have been verified by the Tibetan Centre for Human
Rights and Democracy.

Tibetan journalists allege that a re-education campaign in the Tibetan
county of Sog has resulted in the arrest of several Tibetans who refused to
comply with the "Love your religion, love your country" campaign, RSF said.

Taiwan Friends of Tibet chairwoman Chow Mei-li (???) told the Taipei Times
that the situation in Tibet remains critical.

"The Chinese Internet police monitor content. Now we know they go further by
sentencing. This is a violation of human rights," she said.

"As cross-strait relations become closer," Chow said, "the Taiwanese
government should use every opportunity to protest such activities by the
Chinese government."
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