Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 7 August 2008

11 August 2008: Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County, Ngaba “TAP”, Amdo Province (incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan) – Three youths arrested for their suspected involvement in March protests

County Public Security Bureau (PSB) arrested Jampel and Lama, an elder and a younger son from Tarring family, and Jigme from Gaenyug family, in Charuwa village, Cha township, Ngaba county on 11 August for their suspected involvement in March protests.

10 August 2008

Karze (Ch: Ganzi) County, Karze “TAP”, Kham Province (incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan) – A nun severely beaten for merely shouting slogans at the county government office

At around 8 a.m. on 10 August, People’s Armed Police severely beat and then arrested Dolma Yangzom (about 34), a nun from Tapon family in Lhopa village, Karze county, for shouting slogans such as “His Holiness the Dalai Lama must be invited to Tibet, the political prisoners including His Serenity Panchen Lama must be released immediately” at the county government office.

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Sera Monastery, near Lhasa, “TAR” – Few additional names of monks arrested from Sera monastery in March can be confirmed

On 10 March, PSB arrested a group of monks from Sera monastery for carrying out a peaceful protest in Lhasa. They are originally from Wonpo Monastery in Zachukha, Sershul county (Ch: Shiqu), Karze “TAP”, but studying at Sera Monastery.

As a result of their arrest, other monks peacefully protested at their monastery and demanded the release of all those monks. However, many of them were also arrested, and their whereabouts remain unknown. Few names among them can now be confirmed. They are Lobsang Jampel (elder one, 46), Lobsang Jampel (younger one, 36), Lobsang Jamyang (43), Lobsang Jampa (42), Gyaltsen Norbu (29), and Thongga (27), all monks from Othok monastery in Nyagchu county (Ch: Yajiang), Karze “TAP”.

Karma Choejor and Drongpo Rabten, both from Jangkar monastery in Choegha village, Daedhar township, Bathang (Ch: Batang) county, Karze “TAP”, were also arrested during their protest in Lhasa at the end of March. Their whereabouts also remain unknown.