Statement regarding arrest and beating of Tibetan film director Pema Tseden

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, director of Free Tibet said:

“Pema Tseden is one of the few Tibetans inside China to have a public profile – but he is just as vulnerable as every other Tibetan to police brutality and being treated as a second class citizen in his own country. The police know that they can beat, abuse and detain Tibetans at will and with almost total impunity. What’s happened to Pema Tseden can and does happen anywhere and anytime to Tibetans in Tibet. The priority now is that Pema Tseden receives the medical treatment he needs: the second is that the authorities account fully for their actions and those responsible for the abuse he has suffered face punishment for it. Abuse and discrimination against Tibetans is embedded in the culture of China’s security forces and this deplorable incident will only have further fuelled Tibetan anger against Chinese rule.”


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Notes to editors

  1. According to reports from reliable sources on Tibetan and Chinese social media, award-winning Tibetan film director Pema Tseden was arrested at Xining airport on 25 June and severely beaten by police. He is currently reported to be hospitalised.
  2. Reuters story:; Associated Press story:
  3. Details of Pema Tseden’s career and awards: IMDB entry