There was an important new post from Human Right Watch:
Chinese authorities should immediately release Tibetan monks and other peaceful critics arbitrarily imprisoned since the March 2008 protests across the Tibetan plateau, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a new compilation of about 80 cases. There has been no information regarding some of the prisoners’ whereabouts, wellbeing, or charges for more than a decade.
The number of Tibetans wrongfully imprisoned in connection with the 2008 protests remains difficult to assess, as is obtaining the details of their cases. Information about sentences from Tibetan areas is tightly restricted, and people who report detentions and prosecutions to others abroad are themselves at risk of arrest. China’s official media only reported some of the 2008 sentences, usually with no further details. The Human Rights Watch compilation of Tibetan political prisoners relies on reports received from local sources despite the government’s censorship and intimidation.
“Tibetans who did nothing more than call peacefully for their human rights to be respected have been unjustly sentenced to long prison terms,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “The Chinese authorities should immediately free these prisoners.”
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