On Saturday, 1 September, China police forces raided Nyitso Zilkar Monastery in Zatoe (Chinese: Zaduo) town, Tridu (Chinese: Chenduo) County in Jyekundo (Chinese: Yushu), Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, and arbitrarily arrested five monks, while dozens were beaten by the People’s Armed Police.

“Around 60 vehicles full of armed police forces raided the Nyitso Zilkar Monastery on Saturday without any explanation, and locals say it’s because of the monastery’s role in preserving and teaching Tibetan language, culture, and Buddhism in the region,” reliable sources in exile told TCHRD this week.

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Lobsang Sangyak

A close cousin of a monk who died of self-immolation was among the two detained recently by Chinese security personnel in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

Both Tibetans, a monk and a layman, remain “missing” after they were arbitrarily detained on 27 August in separate incidents, a source tells TCHRD, quoting local Tibetans in the area.

Lobsang Sangyal, around 22, was detained on the night of 28 August from his residence at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba. Sangyal was a close cousin of monk Lobsang Kelsang, 18, who on 27 August died of self-immolation protest. Sangyal hails from Raruwa nomadic village in Ngaba County.

Jayang Khyenkho, 60, was also detained from his home on 28 August for unknown reasons. He belongs to Bharmatsang family at Kanyag nomadic village in Totsig Township, Ngaba County, the same source tells TCHRD quoting local Tibetans in the area.

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The democratization process of Tibetan society in exile has been ongoing since the 1960s, with the Dalai Lama as its driving force and architect. This process culminated in the landmark decision of 2011, when the Dalai Lama formally announced his complete withdrawal from political life but also the dissolution of the Ganden Phodrang, Tibet’s historical form of government, to make way for a fully-fledged democratic government, thus marking a new era of Tibetan government with the separation of religion and politics. In August 2011, Dr Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard-educated academic, became the first elected political leader of the Tibetan people. As the Dalai Lama himself said on 19 March 2011: “The rule by kings and religious figures is outdated. We have to follow the trend of the free world, which is that of democracy…Contrary to the system of the Chinese Communist’s authoritarian rule in Tibet, our small community in exile has been able to establish a complete modern democratic system.”

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Security presence at the Machu racing festival

Hundreds of armed forces, particularly the People’s Armed Police, were deployed at the immensely popular annual horse-racing festival at Machu (Chinese: Maqu) county in Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, on 12 August this year, as local authorities were apprehensive of Tibetans staging protests and self-immolations at the public event.

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The Chinese authorities re-arrested Jigme Gyatso, who was previously arrested on 23 March 2008 and then later released on 15 October 2008 for providing assistance to the making of the film LEAVING FEAR BEHIND ( Tib: Jigdrel).
TCHRD learnt from various sources that Jigme Gyatso a.k.a Golog Jigme, age 40, a monk of Amdo Labrang Monastery, was re-arrested by Sangchu County Public Security Bureau (PSB) personnel some where around 10 March 2009 from his residence in Sangchu County, Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) “Tibet Autonomous Prefecture” (“TAP”), Gansu Province.
Sources told TCHRD that around 4 am in the morning, around 10 March 2009, the Sangchu County PSB personnel entered Jigme Gyatso’s room and arrested him without giving any explanation. Since then there has been no information about his whereabouts.

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According to a reliable information received by the Tibetan Centre
for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), Jinpa Gyatso, a younger
brother of a Chinese government civil servant Tashi Dhondup
disappeared few days before the latter’s arrest on 12 March 2009.

Jinpa Gyatso, age 25, also hailed from Sum-dho Township, Mangra
County (Ch: Gui nan Xian), Tsolho “Tibet Autonomous Prefecture”
“TAP”, (Ch: Hainan) Qinghai Province. He was a student at a higher
college in Xining city, the provincial capital city of Qinghai Province.

Tashi Dhondup’s wife Rinchen Tso and her five and three years old
daughters were helpless at the face of their family tragedy. Sources
told TCHRD that the provincial authorities have deployed a huge
contingent of armed security forces in Sum-dho Townships, Tharshul
and Gomang Townships under Mangra County. TCHRD also learnt that a
huge numbers of the Chinese security forces and informers in civilian
dress were deployed in the surrounding areas of Mangra County.

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