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Kardze nun protestor died under mysterious circumstances in Chengdu Hospital

December 8, 2009

December 7, 2009 (TCHRD) -- A Tibetan nun Yangkyi Dolma, from Kardze who
was earlier arrested on 24 March this year had died in the early morning
of 6th December at Chengdu hospital, according to confirmed information
received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)

On 24 August, exactly six months after her arrest the Kardze County
Security forces handed over Yangkyi Dolma (33-year-old) to Kardze
Intermediate People?s Court, however, there is no information on whether
she was formally tried by the court or not. According to the source, the
other nun Sonam Yangchen, arrested along with Yangkyi was also known to
have been handed over to the same Court but there is no information on
her status, physical and mental wellbeing.

According to the source, the dead body of Yangkyi Dolma has not yet been
handed over to her family members and there is no information on whether
a post mortem was carried out to ascertain the cause of her death or
not. The source told TCHRD that on 3rd December, Kardze County Public
Security Bureau (PSB) officials informed the family members about the
dire health condition of Yangkyi Dolma at Chengdu Government hospital.
The family members on reaching Dartsedo, which is a night long journey
to Chengdu-the provincial capital, came to know about her death.?

Two nuns, Yangkyi Dolma and Sonam Yangchen of Lamdrag (earlier reported
as Dragkar) Nunnery in Kardze County, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi)"Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture"("TAP"), Sichuan Province, staged a peaceful
protest at the Kardze County main market square on 24 March 2009. The
protest was staged at around 3 PM (Beijing Standard time) shouting
slogans calling for the "swift return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet,"
"human rights for Tibetans in Tibet," and "religious freedom in Tibet."
Both nuns were severely beaten by the security forces at the site of the
demonstration.

According to sources, Yangkyi Dolma distributed handful of handwritten
pamphlets during the short protest. Around 50 Chinese People's Armed
Police (PAP) and PSB officials ?immediately detained both the Tibetan
nuns from the site of protest and beaten indiscriminately with rods and
electric batons before being thrown into and driven away in a security
vehicle. Following the incident, at around 7 PM in the evening, a group
of security forces stormed into Yangkyi's family home, ransacked the
portrait of the Dalai Lama and rebuked the family members for being the
supporter of separatist forces. Early next morning (on 25 March), two
Chinese security forces arrived at Yangkyi's home and told her brother
Tsangyang Gyatso to show himself at the Kardze County government
headquarters.?

Yangkyi Dolma was born to Hormeytsang Gedun Dargay (father) and Pema
Khando(mother) in Roltsa Township, Kardze County, Kardze "TAP", Sichuan
Province.

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is gravely
concerned about the circumstances surrounding the death of Yangkyi Dolma
in hospital. TCHRD recalls that ?every human being has the inherent
right to life. These rights shall be protected by law. No one shall be
arbitrarily deprived of his life? as stipulated in the article 6 (1) of
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and according
to the article 7 of the same covenant states that ?no one shall be
subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment.?

TCHRD calls on the competent authorities to carry out full, prompt,
effective, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the
circumstances surrounding her untimely death and to bring perpetrators
to justice as provide by law. The Centre expresses its profound sadness
over the untimely death of Yangkyi Dolma and sends solemn condolences to
the bereaved family members.
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