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Report: Chinese Authorities Arrest Tibetans in Ngaba and Karze, Tibet

February 2, 2009

Dharamshala: Namhka Sonam, a Tibetan youth in Shershul, Karze (Ch:
Ganzi) County, Karze "TAP" (incorporated into a Chinese province of
Sichuan), was arrested for chanting slogans of “Free Tibet and Long Live
His Holiness the Dalai Lama”.

According to confirmed reports, Namkha Sonam, aged 27, was arrested and
severely beaten by officials of the Public Security Bureau on 7 January.

Following the arrest, Namkha's father and brother approached the office
of district authority to plead for his release. But the officials
rejected their appeal and continue to keep Namkha in protective custody.

Earlier on 15 January, the concerned officials of the Public Security
Bureau in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County, Ngaba "TAP", Amdo (incorporated into
Chinese province of Sichuan), a Tibetan monk named Lobsang Kirti, aged
27, was arrested for distributing suspicious leaflets. He was picked
from a photocopy centre in the town around 5-6 p.m. (local time),
sources said.

Lobsang Kirti is a student of Kirti Monastery and has written several
articles in journals and newspapers. He is also a member of the
editorial board of “Gangtse Metok” an official publication of Kirti
Monastery.

Meanwhile, the Central Tibetan Administration today called on the
Chinese authorities to put an immediate end to their repressive policies
and to call off the “strike hard campaign” in Tibet.

“The re-launch of the "Strike Hard" campaign and intensification of
other PRC's hard-line policies will cause much more violation of
fundamental rights and freedom of the Tibetan people. We are very
doubtful of the PRC's intention behind re-launching of these campaigns,
including patriotic education, which will only create atmosphere of
further political unrest and, therefore, justify the use of more
repressive measures,” said Mrs Kesang Yangkyi Takla, kalon for the
Department of Information and International Relations, at a press
conference in Dharamshala on Wednesday.

Media reports citing China's state media said officially sanctioned
raids of Tibetan homes and hotels in Lhasa by the Public Security Bureau
has rounded "5,766 suspects" for questioning. Around 81 people have been
detained under the repressive strike hard campaign.

Kalon Kesang Y Takla (L) and Mr Sonam N Dagpo, secretary for
International Relations, DIIR, (R) address a press conference in
Dharamshala, India, on 29 January 2009

Kalon Takla appealed to the Parliaments, Governments and Individuals
around the world to actively intervene to prevent the recurrence of
unfortunate incidents od March 2008 in Tibet.

Kalon Takla urged the Tibetans in Tibet not to engage in violence and to
avoid any activities that will risk unnecessary imprisonment, detention
and endanger their lives.

We further urge you (Tibetans) to do your all in preventing any
animosity and clashes with Chinese people, Kalon Takla said.

Kalon Takla appealed to the Tibetans in Tibet, that despite the strict
restriction and harsh repression, they should maintain calm and remain
steadfast on non-violent principles in the long-term of interest of Tibet.
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