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China arrests three monks, closes school in Qinghai

March 21, 2010

BIJENDER SHARMA
www.punjabnewsline.com - 19 March 2010

DHARMSHALA: Three monks of Ditsa Monastery including a reincarnated lama was
arbitrarily arrested and detained by the Chinese security forces under
suspicion of their involvement in pasting political pamphlets in the
monastery and a school run by the monastery was forcibly closed for unknown
reason, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre
for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).
According to source, on 14 March 2010, numerous pamphlets calling for the
"swift return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet" and "end to the repression in
Tibet" were pasted around Ditsa Monastery.

The monastery is located in Ditsa Township, Bayan (Ch: Hualong) County in
Haidong Prefecture, Qinghai Province, Following the incident, Hualong local
government staff along with the Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials and
People's Armed Police (PAP) arrived at the Monastery and cordoned off the
entire monastery. Following which three monks: Tulku Woeser, Yeshi, 20, and
Jamyang, 19, were arbitrarily detained under the suspicion of their
involvement in the incident and took them to Hualong PSB office for
questioning. According to source, Tulku Woeser was released after two days
of detention and questioning while Yeshi and Jamyang still continue to
remain in PSB detention.

Yeshi and Jamyang were born at Lobha Gyatsa Village, Tsigorthang County (Ch:
Xinghai), Tsolho (Ch: Hainan) "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture ('TAP'),
Qinghai Province.

As of now, a number of PSB and PAP forces are stationed inside the
monastery, calling off the daily religious practices of monks inside the
monastery and placed restriction on gathering of monks. Similarly, Sherig
Rinchen Norling School established and run since 1992 by Ditsa Monastery was
forcibly ordered to close down on 8 March 2010 for unknown reason. The
monastic school which caters to the basic education needs of young novices
are taught Buddhist philosophy, Chinese and English language. At the time of
its closure there were around 70 students. There is no information on the
fates of those young monks studying at Sherig Rinchen Norling School.

TCHRD expresses serious concern over the wellbeing and safety of Yeshi and
Jamyang and calls on the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC)
to immediately and unconditionally release both of them since their
detention is arbitrary. The government should guarantee in all circumstances
the physical and psychological integrity of two detained monks as well as of
all Tibetans who were arbitrarily detained over the years. Freedom of
expression, opinion and assembly are fundamental human rights enshrined in
the Chinese constitution and in international human rights instruments
ratified by the PRC government.
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