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Chinese authorities relocate over fifty Tibetans
Environment

Chinese authorities relocate over fifty Tibetans

Authorities forcefully moved around 59 Tibetans to new homes on 24 June, Tibet Watch has said.  Chinese authorities forcefully relocated around 59 Tibetans from 13 different households in eastern Tibet on 24 June, Free Tibet’s research partner, Tibet Watch has said.  The relocated Tibetans were moved from Dolying Village in Payul County, eastern Tibet, to a settlement in Palyul County built by the Chinese Government for a poverty alleviation programme in 2018. Tibet Watch has found that Chinese flags hang above the rooftops of the new houses of the settlement and portraits of Chinese Communist Party leaders, including Xi Jinping, have been put up inside the homes. Between 2018 and 2019, there were mass forced relocations of around 400 Tibetan families by Chinese auth...
Authorities organise a campaign to teach Tibetan monks and nuns law online
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Authorities organise a campaign to teach Tibetan monks and nuns law online

The campaign combines online activities to teach law, organised by the Department of Justice, and the Religious Affairs Bureau of the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region. Chinese authorities carried out a campaign on 1 May to teach law to monks and nuns in the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Free Tibet’s research partner Tibet Watch has said. The Department of Justice and the Religious Affairs Bureau of the TAR ran the campaign which focused on the use of online law learning activities for the monks and nuns.  The “online law popularisation activities” have been integrated with lessons on the constitution, national security law, anti-terrorism law and cyber security law, Tibet Watch said. Over 30,000 monks and nuns reportedly participated in the campaign across the...
Chinese Authorities Detain Owner of Coal Mine Operating Illegally In Tibet
China, Environment, Human Rights

Chinese Authorities Detain Owner of Coal Mine Operating Illegally In Tibet

An open-pit coal mine has been operating illegally in eastern Tibet. The owner of a Chinese mining company has been detained after a state-affiliated newspaper reported it has made 15 billion yuan in profits while operating illegally at a high altitude site in Tibet since 2006. Economic Information Daily reported the company, Xingqing, was operating an illegal open-pit coal mine with no permit at Muru in eastern Tibet, which is governed by China as Qinghai Province.  Free Tibet’s research partner, Tibet Watch, said the company had a permit but it was fake.  The mining company, Xingqing, has extracted around 25 million tons of coal from the Muru area, a site which is 5,800 metres above sea level and is covered in parts with glacier ice and permafrost, Tibet Watch said...
Chinese Authorities Seize Land in Eastern Tibet
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Chinese Authorities Seize Land in Eastern Tibet

Authorities have taken land in eastern Tibet and detained 80 people. Chinese authorities seized land from Tibetans in Lithang County, eastern Tibet, near the beginning of this year, detaining around 80 people for around one week, Radio Free Asia and Free Tibet’s research partner Tibet Watch said.  Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that authorities told Lithang residents, “We have paid thousands of yuan to people to surveil you day and night.” The authorities eventually took the land and detained 80 people when they complained. Chinese authorities have been taking land from Tibetans including nomads, farmers and other owners for mining projects, dam projects and ecological projects. In some cases Tibetans are not paid anything for the land leading to poverty, Tibet Watch said...
No Govt Aid Sent to Flooded Tibetan Villages
China, Environment

No Govt Aid Sent to Flooded Tibetan Villages

Houses, crops and livestock have been severely affected by the floods. Since 6 August, the region of Mangra County in Tsolho Prefecture, eastern Tibet, has been seriously affected by severe rainfall and hailstorms, according to Free Tibet’s research partner Tibet Watch. The severe weather conditions have caused flooding and the destruction of property, as well as massive landslides. The heavy floods have reportedly washed away houses, destroyed the crops of the season and caused the death of many livestock.  Meanwhile, the overflowing of Machu (Yellow River), caused by the heavy rainfall, also poses a serious threat to the safety of many villages in the downstream region.  No rescue or government aid has been sent to the affected areas of Tibet.  Sources in t...