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Rights Group's report paints grim picture of Tibet

india Updated: Jan 31, 2010 15:01 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times
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Dharamsala based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) appreciated China's document promising legal protection to citizens, but painted a grim picture of overall situation inside the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).

The human right situation did not show any signs of improvement, a report released here said which made special mention to tortures of Tibetans imprisoned in Chinese jails. "Torture remains endemic in Chinese administered Tibet," said Urgen Tenzin, Director of TCHRD. Tibetan group claimed that video footage smuggled out from TAR belies Chinese authorities claim that officials act with restraint in dealing Tibetan protesters. The report cited that video evidences smuggled from Tibet revealed that people were still dying of torture in Tibet.

Reports emanating from Tibet last year, which marked, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama's 50 -years in exile, said many Tibetans were arrested after the spring protest in 2008. According to Centre's documentation, courts at various levels to prisons sentenced 334 Tibetans.

TCHRD report cited, many Tibetans arrested for the protests ahead of Beijing Olympics were still under detention. Documentations done by the centre says that 1,542 Tibetans are in prison.

Tibetan rights group claimed that judicial apparatus in China is 'politically motivated' and people's aspiration for fundamental human rights were being dealt with extreme 'harshness'. "In almost all the known cases the defendants had no independent legal counsel and in a few cases Chinese authority blocked defendant's representation through procedural tactics", Tenzin claimed.

Chinese authorities targeted, detained and sentenced Tibetan writers, artistes, internet bloggers and publishers who did not engage in overt protest activity, but sought to express views of Tibetan people on human rights, said the report.

Making mention about curb on freedom of expression, Tibetan Human Rights group claimed writers and film - makers were charged for "leaking state secret". It pointed out a case of Kunga Tsangyang - a writer - who was sentenced a five-year imprisonment for writing essays and photographing environmental degradation in Tibet.

Further the report raised suspicion on ' disappearance' of Tashi Rabten, editor of a banned literary magazine and author of "Written in Blood".

TCHRD documentation claimed that people in Tibet were becoming more vocal to speak for their rights on camera.

TCHRD report said stringent enforcement of "patriotic re-education" has led to decline of religious studies in monastic institutions across Tibet.