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China arrests a Tibetan civil servant in Mangra County, Qinghai Province

March 19, 2009

TCHRD
March 18, 2008

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) received a reliable information that a
Tibetan civil servant was arrested by the Chinese
authorities in Sum-dho Township, Mangra County
(Ch: Gui nan Xian), Tsolho "Tibet Autonomous
Prefecture" "TAP", (Ch: Hainan) Qinghai Province.

Multiple sources told TCHRD that Tashi Dhondup,
age 27, was arrested at his home on grounds of
suspicion by the Public Security Bureau (PSB)
personnel on 12 March 2009. The PSB personnel
charged into his house and immediately arrested
him without giving any warrant explanation for
the arrest. In addition, his Personal Computer
(PC) and mobile phone were seized and forcefully
taken away by the security personnel for further
investigation. At the time of his arrest, he was
a Chinese government civil servant in Mangra
County, Tsolho "TAP", Qinghai Province.

Tashi Dhondup had previously served in the
People's Armed Police (PAP) for three years and
later worked as a school teacher in Sum-dho
Township for some time. He was later recruited as
a Chinese government civil servant in Mangra
County, Tsolho "TAP", Qinghai Province, where he
was arrested on 12 March 2009 on grounds of
suspicion by the Mangra PSB personnel. He has a wife and two daughters at home.

TCHRD learned that Tashi Dhondup was currently
being detained at the Mangra PSB Detention Centre.

Of late Mangra County (Ch: Gui nan Xian)
witnessed peaceful protest march staged by the
monks of Lutsang Monastery on 25 February 2009,
during the first day of the Tibetan New Year
(Losar). Since then Mangra County saw a dramatic
stepped up of restriction and vigilance by the
Chinese security forces such as tapping of
telephone conversations and restriction on the
freedom of movements. It seems that the ground
situation in Mangra County appears volatile and tense.
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