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China Steps Up Resettlement of Tibetan Herders བོད་སྐད།


The Chinese Government will move more than 52,000 Tibetan herders and farmers into permanent housing this year - a practice rights groups say has been marked by abuses.

"The project to improve their living conditions began in 2006, when the regional Government set a target of building homes for 220,000 households," the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local government officials.

But the resettlements often involve the slaughter of animals belonging to the mostly nomadic herders, relocation to poorly built accommodation and inability to find work due to lack of skills, Human Rights Watch said last year.

Others are forcibly evicted to make room for public works projects, like dams and roads, the group said in a report.

Information for this report was provided by Xinhua and Reuters.

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