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China fires gunshot on peaceful protester in Kardze

June 1, 2008

Press Release
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
May 29, 2008

Dharamsala -- The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) has documented numerous cases of protests particularly led by
the nuns of various nunneries in Kardze County in the past few weeks.
According to the latest information received by the TCHRD from a
reliable source confirmed that, three nuns of Dragkar Nunnery and a
female student were arrested by the Kardze County Public Security
Bureau (PSB) officials for staging a protest yesterday.

On 28 May 2008 at around 9 AM (Beijing Standard Time) three nuns of
Dragkar Nunnery in Kardze County, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) "Tibet
Autonomous Prefecture"('TAP') Sichuan Province staged a peaceful
demonstration in Kardze County main market square. The three nuns
chanted slogans calling for the "swift return of the Dalai Lama to
Tibet", "Long Live the Dalai Lama", "Freedom for Tibet" and
"Immediate release of all political prisoners". The protesting nuns
even distributed pamphlets calling for the "independence for Tibet".
After a period of short demonstration they were arrested and taken
away by the Kardze County PSB officials for questioning. The names
and origins of the three nuns were identified as Ven. Sangye Lhamo,
26 years old from Kyakyatengtsang family of Dungra Village,
Serchuteng Township, Kardze County, Ven. Tsewang Kando, 38 years old,
Dungra Village, Serchuteng Township, Kardze County, and Ven. Yeshi
Lhadon, 24 years old from Tsozhi village, Kardze County. Kardze "TAP"
Sichuan Province. The present condition and well-being of three nuns
were unknown at the moment.

After about an hour of their demonstration, another solo protest was
staged by a 21-year-old female student, Rigden Lhamo of Tapontsang
family from Lhakey Village, Thingkha Township, Kardze County, by
unfurling the banned Tibetan national flag and shouted similar
slogans at the county government headquarters.

According to an eyewitness account from the area, the county security
forces fired gunshots and there is no clear information on whether
Rigden Lhamo was shot or injured. However, it was confirmed that the
County PSB officials detained her after her brief protest in front of
the county government headquarters.

According to another eyewitness account from the demonstration site,
bloodstains were seen on the body of Rigden Lhamo but it could not be
ascertained whether it was from severe beating inflicted on her by
the security forces or from the gunshots. There is no information on
her current whereabouts at the moment. It was confirmed that she has
sustained an injury and therefore should be subjected to immediate
medical attention.

The current situation in Kardze is known to be very tense with
authorities deploying more security forces into the area to suppress
further political dissidence.

TCHRD condemns in strongest terms the Chinese security forces' brutal
use of force on the peaceful Tibetan demonstrators. TCHRD also call
upon the PRC government to release all those Tibetans who have been
arrested and detained for exercising their fundamental human rights
enshrined in the UDHR, constitution and many other international
covenants and treaties that she is party to.
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