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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

World Report: Abusers Target Human Rights Messengers

January 24, 2010

Rights-Respecting Governments Should Speak Up to Protect Defenders
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
JANUARY 20, 2010

The Tibet Autonomous Region and the adjacent
Tibetan autonomous areas in Qinghai, Sichuan,
Gansu, and Yunnan provinces remain tense, closely
monitored, and saturated with troops long after
the eruption of protests in the region in March
2008. Two Tibetans were executed in 2009 for
their involvement in the 2008 protests. At this
writing, foreigners' access to Tibet remains tightly constrained.

The whereabouts of several hundred Tibetans
accused of participating in the protests remain
unknown. While several trials have been held,
they have been highly politicized affairs. The
trials of Phurbu Tsering, a Tibetan religious
leader in Sichuan, and Dhondup Wangcheng,
arrested in connection with the filming of an
unauthorized documentary in 2008, were
indefinitely postponed by authorities in 2009
after reports of torture and serious procedural
irregularities made their way to international media.

In Lhasa the authorities increased police
operations aimed at identifying and detaining
people suspected of hindering the government's
anti-separatism campaign or planning to join
protests in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of
the Dalai Lama's escape to India in March 2009.
These included former political prisoners and
their families, minor offenders, and temporary visitors.

The government continues to arrest, detain, and
sentence protesters and people suspected of
having irredentist sympathies across all Tibetan
areas. Authorities compel thousands of monks and
nuns to follow political indoctrination programs,
at times through coercive means such as
collective detention in unmarked facilities.

In October 2009 Chinese officials suggested the
government would resume talks with
representatives of the Dalai Lama, but only if he
stopped meeting with world leaders.
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