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China arrests two young monks of Tehor Tsitsang Monastery in Kardze

May 23, 2008

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
May 22, 2008

In the recent spates of sporadic protests reported from Kardze
County, more reports of protest led by group of two or four persons
continue to surface from the area. According to confirmed information
received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD), two young monks in their early 20's from Tsitsang Monastery
were detained by the County Chinese security forces for their
peaceful protest in Kardze County.


On 20 May 2008, two monks, Loyang from Tsaklab Village, Lhopa
Township, Kardze County, and  Tenzin Ngodup from Pharingtsang of
Kardze County, Kardze "Tibet Autonomous Prefecture" ("TAP") Sichuan
Province, staged a peaceful protest at the main Kardze County
headquarters and chanted slogans,  "Dalai Lama return to Tibet",
"Long Live the Dalai Lama",  and "Immediate release of all political
prisoners including Trulku Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche". The latter is a
prominent religious figure arrested on 18 May by the Chinese security
forces from his residence for unknown reasons and was taken away to
an undisclosed location. The two protesting monks were immediately
detained by the Kardze County Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials
and bundled away in a waiting police vehicle to the Kardze County PSB
Detention Centre for questioning. There is no information on the
condition of two arrestees at the moment.

Kardze Tsitsang Monastery, to which the two young arrested monks
belong, was established by Venerable Hor Choeje Ngawang Phuntsok of
Kardze County. Apart from Kardze Tsitsang Monastery, he established
twelve other monastic institutions in Kardze region. Venerable Hor
Choeje Ngawang Phuntsok is a highly revered and respected figure
among the local people of the region.

Incidentally on the same day, three nuns of Tehor Nyagay Nunnery,
Achoe from Rida Village, Soe Choekyi from Lamna Village and Taga
a.k.a Tashi Yangtso from Noekab Village under Kardze County staged a
similar protest at Kardze County government headquarters and were
later detained by the PSB officials.

Similarly more protests and arrests were reported from the same area
on 11, 12, 14 May 2008 where twelve nuns from Drakar Nunnery and
scores of nuns from Kardze Ganden Choeling Nunnery and 55 nuns of
Pang-ri Nunnery in Su-ngo Township, Kardze County were arrested by
the Chinese security forces.

TCHRD expresses its grave concern over the arbitrary detention of two
young monks of Tsitsang Monastery and others detained earlier from
the region. TCHRD also urges the Chinese authorities to respect
fundamental human rights of right to freedom of expression, opinion
and peaceful assembly enshrined in the Chinese Constitution and other
major international covenants, which she had signed and ratified. The
Centre urges the United Nations and its vital organs to intervene and
pressurize the Chinese government to seek their immediate release
from the arbitrary detention.

Tashi Choephel Jamatsang (Mr.)
Researcher
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Top Floor Narthang Building
Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala
H.P. INDIA 176215
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