Update on Tibet Demonstrations, 16 April 2008

14 April 2008: Sangchu (Ch: Xiahe) County, Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Gansu province – Around 200 monks arrested at monastery

Between 14 April evening and 15 April morning, over 200 monks were arrested from Ladrang Tashi-Kyil monastery during the search conducted by the security and the armed forces.

On 15 March morning, a huge group of monks from Ladrang Tashi-Kyil monastery (those that were not arrested) demanded that the 200 monks arrested from their monastery be released or the Chinese authorities would face a protest by the monks.

All but three of the monks were released. It seems that the three monks, who continue to be detained, are being held for their alleged involvement during the protest held in front of foreign journalists on 9 April.

Sangchu (Ch: Xiahe) County, Kanlho “Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,” Gansu province – Nine monks arrested

A group of security and armed forces arrived at Ngok-Gyalmo monastery to search for individuals who took part in the protests on March 16. Some of the monks mocked the Chinese authorities by shouting, “I am the one.” The monk quarters at the monastery were also searched. Nine monks were arrested and taken away.

April beginning (no specific date)

Palung(Bayen) (Ch:Hualong) County, Tsoshar Prefecture, Qinghai Province – Monks flee “patriotic re-education

When Chinese authorities suspected of plans for a possible protest in Jha-khyung monastery, they reacted by sending “work-teams” to conduct “patriotic re-education” classes. The monks fled from the monastery to resist participation in the “patriotic re-education” classes.

Currently, only around ten monks remain at Jha-khyung monastery. The armed forces have arrived at the monastery and have imposed tight restrictions.

Siling (Ch: Xining) Municipality, Qinghai province – Tibetan women missing after arrest

The whereabouts of Jamyang Kyi is unknown after she was arrested sometime in beginning of April at Siling Municipality (the location for Qinghai provincial headquarters).

Jamyang Kyi was working for Qinghai television and is a renowned singer. She is also a women?s right activist and frequently contributed articles for a website in Tibetan language. The police searched her house thoroughly, including her personal computer.

14 March 2008

During the protest on 14 March in Lhasa, many people were killed. One more name* can be confirmed.

60 Dejoong 24 M M Teshoe Tsang family, Phusum Township, Nyemo (Ch: Nimu) County, Lhasa municipality (place of birth) Killed on 14 March during the demonstration

* In addition to the already released 59 total names and details of Tibetans killed during the recent demonstrations, here we are releasing 1 more name (with details) from the current death toll list which stands well over 140.