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China - At least 50 Tibetans convicted for sending information abroad

March 23, 2010
March 22, 2010

Since the March 2008 unrest in Tibet, at least 50 Tibetans have been
arrested - and in some cases sentenced to long jail terms - for sending
reports, photos or videos abroad. The latest to be convicted is a netizen
called Dasher who has been given a 10-year prison sentence on a charge of
"separatism" for sending reports and photos of the March 2008 protests.

"The repression has never stopped since the March 2008 uprising in the
Tibetan regions," Reporters Without Borders said. "This persecution of
Tibetans who take risks to send evidence of the human situation abroad is a
tragic illustration of the state of exception that reigns in Tibet. We call
for their immediate release."

Dasher was convicted and sentenced by an intermediate court in Lhasa in late
February. The exact date of his trial is not known. He is currently been
held in Lhasa's Chushur prison.

He has been detained ever since his arrest on 13 March 2008. In other words,
nearly two years elapsed between his arrest and trial. It was a
representative of the National Democratic Party, a Tibetan exile
organisation, who revealed that the real reason for his arrest and
conviction was his reports and photos of the protests.

Dasher lived in Nepal before returning to his country of origin. He is the
son of Adri Rinpoche, the head of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery who is also
being sentenced to a prison sentence by the Chinese authorities.

According to the information gathered by Reporters Without Borders and
verified with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights And Democracy (which is
based in India), at least 50 Tibetans have been arrested for sending
information out of China. Most of this material was sent via the Internet,
which is under very close surveillance in Tibet.

One of the latest detainees is Tashi, a 24-year-old Tibetan from Rata (a
village in the district of Sog, in eastern Tibet), who was arrested in
mid-February. A Tibetan from the same village told Reporters Without Borders
he is accused of having contact with people abroad and watching political
videos online. He is currently held in the district of Nagchu.

Gyaltsing, a resident of Sog who was sentenced to three years in prison in
December on a charge of "communicating information to contacts outside
China" after downloading photos of the Dalai Lama is able to receive family
visits but is interrogated every week and is often given beatings.

Tibetan journalists say a campaign of reeducation in Sog has led to the
arrest of several Tibetans for refusing to comply with the "Love your
religion, love your country" campaign.
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