Teenage girl severely beaten

Friday, 29 June 2012
Jigme Dolma

Chinese police punish young protester

A teenage protester calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet was severely beaten by Chinese security forces.

The protest on June 24 in Kandze county, eastern Tibet, was halted after five minutes when Chinese security forces surrounded the young girl named as Jigme Dolma (right).

According to eyewitnesses security forces beat the 17-year-old before placing her in detention.

Political prisoners

Jigme Dolma, who is from a farming family, was also calling for the release of all political prisoners in Tibet.

Her parents were denied access to her and so waited outside a hospital after learning she would be taken there yesterday. One eyewitness said that her hand was bandaged, she couldn't straighten her back and could not walk properly.

Jigme's father was allowed to visit her at a detention centre today.

Tibetan Buddhist leaflets

During the protest, Jigme Dolma scattered symbolic Tibetan Buddhist cards, which she had carried in her bag while shouting the slogans.

Communication to the area is very difficult and a lot of restrictions are in place in her village.

UN mandate

The UN Convention of the Rights of a Child (CRC), protects children (defined as anyone under 18) from torture and provides that children deprived of their liberty shall be treated with respect for the inherent dignity of the person and stipulates that detention “shall be used only as a measure of last resort”.

China has ratified the CRC.