Protester arrested; writer ill after four year sentence

9th October 2014

Tibetans punished for speaking out

A solo Tibetan protester was arrested in Kardze County on 4 October. Passang Wangchuk was detained by police forces after his protest against the Chinese government. The 37-year-old was carrying a large banner that demanded human rights for Tibetans, Tibet’s freedom, freedom of religion and the Dalai Lama’s right to return to Tibet. Wangchuk was also chanting the slogans which were written on the banner. Wangchuk's whereabouts and situation remain unknown since his arrest. In 2008, his sister, a nun, was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years and tortured in custody. Local Tibetans described Wangchuk as a successful businessman who was always there for the needy people and an outspoken man for justice. Tibetan writer freed

A Tibetan writer and political prisoner was released on 2 October after completing a 4 year sentence in a prison in Lanzhou City. 33-year-old Kalsang Tsultrim was first arrested in July 2010 in Dzoge County for distributing around 2500 DVDs titled “A Report About the Lack of Freedom in Tibet” across Tibetan areas in Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan. Kalsang Tsultrim was accused of having links with separatist groups because the distribution of the DVDs was regarded as anti-government activity. He was released not long after the first arrest. He was arrested again for a second time in September 2010, which lead to his sentence. He is reported to be in poor health following his imprisonment. Promotion for top security officer

In a sign of the Communist Party’s emphasis on maintaining control in Tibet, the senior representative of the Party in the People’s Armed Police – the security force most often used in suppressing Tibetan protest was promoted this week. Major General Tang Xiao, political commissar for the paramilitary unit in the Tibet Autonomous Region, was given a rank equivalent to lieutenant general. According to Chinese state media, the decision was made to provide assistance to the Tibet force’s “heavy tasks” and its aim to ensure a “long and resting peace in Tibet”. It must “retain absolute loyalty” to the party and “enhance its anti-terrorism capability”.

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