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China arrest six monks in early morning raids in Jomda

May 23, 2010

Four monks of Wara Monastery in Thangpu Township, Jomda County (Ch:
Jiangda xian) in Chamdo Prefecture, ?Tibet Autonomous Region? (?TAR?)
were arrested last Saturday (15 May) under suspicion of leading and
instigating protest at the county headquarters in Spring 2008 and two
other official monks of the same monastery were arrested on Sunday for
their failure to ?educate? the monks under ?Patriotic education?
campaign, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan
Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

A total of six monks of Wara Monastery were arrested during early
morning raids carried out by scores of Chinese Public Security Bureau
(PSB) officials at the monks? residence on Saturday and Sunday.

On 15 May (Saturday),Thinley, 25, and Nangsey, 27, were arrested from
their room whereas Soegon, 26, was arrested for sounding alarm on the
arrival of PSB into the monastery. Kelsang Gyurmey, 29, whom the PSB
officials were looking for could not be traced in the monastery and was
later arrested from his home. All the four monks were students of
Buddhist philosophy at Wara Buddhist College that comes under Wara
Monastery. The four monks are currently detained at Jomda County PSB
Detention Centre.

On 16 May (Sunday) morning, the PSB officials came again to Wara
Monastery and detained two senior monks: Sonam Gonpo a.k.a Soegon, 40,
and Tagyal, 29. The duos were known to have been arrested for their
failure to ?educate? the monks of the monastery under ?Patriotic
education? campaign launched at the beginning of April 2008. There is no
information on where the two monks are currently held.

On 3 April 2008, monks of Wara Monastery in Jomda County confronted and
challenged the "work team" from carrying 'patriotic education' campaign
by saying 'even at the cost of our lives we will never defame and
denounce our religious leader, the Dalai Lama". According to sources,
many of the Wara Monastery?s monks were in the forefront during the 2008
protests in Jomda County when they were blocked by the People?s Armed
Police (PAP) from advancing towards the main county market to proceed
with their protest.

At the beginning of this year, a novice monk, Jamyang Palden, 14, was
detained twice and released after undergoing torture to extract
confession for his role in 2008 protest at Jomda. He was detained for
more than a week on both occasions at the Jomda County PSB Detention
Centre. Similarly, Gyaltsen, 16, was also detained under suspicion of
distributing and pasting speech by the late Panchen Lama to Tibetans
during the 2008 protest. He was released after a week of interrogation
at the PSB detention centre.

TCHRD condemns in strongest terms over the arbitrary detention of Wara
monks. The Centre calls upon the Chinese authorities to immediately and
unconditionally release the detained monks and guarantee in all
circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of detained
monks. The Chinese authorities should put an end to all acts of
harassment against the monks so that they are able to carry out their
religious studies without hindrances.
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