Jan 26, 2015

Tibet: Victims of the 2010 Earthquake Evicted from Houses while Monk is Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Tibetan families, who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake, have been forcibly evicted from their homes. The houses had been built by the Chinese Government, which now demands payment for additional work and use of state land by families, who had required bigger homes than those originally provided for. However, having lost family members and most belongings in the earthquake, many families are unable to reimburse these costs at the moment. Meanwhile, a monk has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for reportedly inciting protests.


Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia:


Chinese security forces moved the week starting 19 January 2015 to evict Tibetan families from new homes in an earthquake-hit region of western China’s Qinghai province after occupants said they could not pay the government back for the costs of additional construction, sources said.

The 21 January 2015 action by authorities in the town of Kyegudo in the Yulshul (in Chinese, Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture followed official demands for payment and saw hundreds of police deployed into government-built housing projects, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

“The Tibetans were told that all land belongs to the state, and that they should therefore reimburse the costs” of their resettlement, RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“But many families had lost loved ones and all their belongings and are in no position to pay the money back,” he said.

Also speaking to RFA, a second local source said that the government had provided uniform lots of 80 square meters for families displaced by the devastating 14 April 2010 Kyegudo earthquake that largely destroyed the town and killed almost 3,000 residents by official count.  

“But many families complained about the size of the lots and demanded larger sites, with the understanding that they would one day reimburse the added expense,” the source said. 

“So now the government is demanding that a part of this payment for the additional land and work should be made.”

Armed Chinese police and other security forces are now going “door to door” to demand payment, a third source said.

“They started with the families of government employees, and those who are unable to pay are being told to leave their homes and move to smaller houses provided by the government for free in unpopular areas.”

“Those who refuse and resist are taken away,” he said.

Similar evictions are taking place from businesses and shops built by the government on land owned by the Tibetans themselves, the source said.

“The authorities quickly sell the properties taken from those who cannot pay to other local businessmen who are willing to buy,” he added.

In March 2014, Kyegudo authorities demolished several brick factories operated by Tibetans in response to pleas by rival Chinese plants concerned over increasing competition, sources told RFA in an earlier report.

“The brick kilns owned and operated by Tibetans were destroyed, while those owned by the Chinese immigrants were left untouched,” a Tibetan living in exile said, citing local sources.

Tibetans living in China frequently complain of political, economic, and religious discrimination as well as human rights abuses.

A total of 136 Tibetans have self-immolated in China since 2009 to protest Beijing’s rule in Tibetan-populated areas and to call for the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.



Below is an article published by The Tibet Post:


Reports coming out of Tibet say, a Chinese court has sentenced a Tibetan Buddhist monk to ten years in prison after being held in a detention almost a year, 2014.

"Tsewang, 27, from the Drildha Monastery in Sog (Ch: Su? Xiàn) county in the Nagchu Prefecture of the Tibet, was sentenced in this month [January 2015] by the Intermediate People's Court for allegedly inciting others to protest against Chinese rule," Rinchen, a Tibetan man living in Belgium told The Tibet Post International (TPI) on Saturday.

"He was among four monks from the Drildha Monastery, Kham region of eastern Tibet first detained on 17 March 2014 for 'political reasons' or on suspicion of having 'outside contacts,'" Rinchen said citing with contacts in the county.

But, their details, including current condition and whereabouts are still unknown.

Atse and Gyaltsen, two others held with Tsewang are still in police custody after being arrested from their monastery and their whereabouts and condition remained unknown.

According to an earlier report by TPI, one of them, Ven Tseyang Gyatso, a senior Tibetan Buddhist monk sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment on charges of "contacting outsiders" and for "inciting others" to protest against Chinese repressive policies in Tibet.

Several areas in the region said to be increasingly reeling under a tense situation amid unusual intensification of state surveillance measures, as paramilitary forces and police presence is reported to have significantly increased recent years.

Tibetans face lengthy jail sentences, arbitrary arrests and severe torture for sharing information about the current situation in the county and surrounding areas, where a widespread, systematic crackdown took place after "refusing to display the Chinese national flag" from their traditional homes.