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Relatives: 40 Tibetan Nuns Held in Chinese Forced Labor Camp བོད་སྐད།


Relatives of a Tibetan nun who staged a pro-independence protest ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics say she is still in detention at a Chinese forced labor camp.

Two brothers of the nun tell VOA Tibetan service that she and 40 other Tibetan nuns are being held at a re-education through labor camp in Sichuan province, which borders Tibet.

The brothers say police in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) town in a Tibetan area of western Sichuan shot their sister (Dechen Wangmo) while she and another nun were shouting slogans and distributing leaflets on August fourth of last year. They say some pellets are still lodged in her stomach, thigh and arm.

They say they received their information from someone who recently visited the prison, which is said to manufacture toys. There was no official Chinese confirmation of their story.

In other news, the India-based Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy said Monday it has received information that police beat to death a monk last week in another area of the Kardze region.

The report said police beat the 27-year-old monk to death and then faked his suicide. The monk, named Phuntsok, was reported to be fleeing arrest for posting fliers on March 25th to commemorate a peaceful demonstration by local monks one year earlier.

Reuters news agency reported Monday that another Tibetan monk was killed last week in a clash with police in the same county (Tibetan: Drango; Chinese: Luhuo) of western Sichuan. The report said he was organizing local farmers to refuse to plant crops as a protest of Chinese policies.

China's official Xinhua news agency confirmed last week that Tibetan farmers are boycotting the harvest in Sichuan. A Xinhua report accused what it called separatist forces of the Dalai Lama of instigating the protest. It said local authorities launched a crackdown on what it described as the "criminal" boycott.

Tibetan exiles reported protests in other Tibetan areas of Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces last week as the Chinese government prepared to celebrate the defeat of a failed Tibetan uprising in 1959.

The Dalai Lama's government-in-exile said the holiday was offensive and added that it would be a day of mourning for Tibetans around the world.

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