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Official notice evidence of discrimination against Tibetans after protests

October 9, 2008

ICT Report
October 8, 2008

Following nearly six months of protests across the Tibetan plateau
since March, there is increasing evidence of ethnic tension and
discrimination of Tibetan and Chinese people, due at least in part to
misinformation and propaganda by the Chinese authorities that has
resulted in an upsurge of Chinese nationalism and hostility against
Tibetans. An official notice obtained by ICT from one area of Beijing
and translated into English below states that every hotel and public
bathhouse is required to check on the 'circumstances' of all Tibetan
and Uyghur visitors, and their presence should be reported to local
police. This official acknowledgement that Tibetans and Uyghurs are
under suspicion simply because of their ethnicity is supported by
numerous anecdotal and eyewitness reports of new discrimination
against Tibetans and a breakdown in communications among Chinese and
Tibetan colleagues in different workplaces, including at government meetings.

The Chinese authorities have consistently represented the uprising in
Tibet as a 'violent riot'. For weeks after March 14, state-run
television showed selective footage of monks hurling rocks at police,
protesters destroying shop fronts and plumes of black smoke from
burned-out cars in Lhasa. TV newsreaders presented the official line
that the violence was orchestrated by the "Dalai clique". But in more
than 125 protests across the Tibetan plateau since March 10, only the
events of March 14 in Lhasa escalated to serious violence against
Chinese civilians, according to ICT's information, although there may
be events that are not known yet. The majority of the protests have
been non-violent.

A visitor who has just returned from Lhasa told ICT: "Tibetans now
find themselves under relentless suspicion and disregard. Even when
Tibetans on official business - by invitation from Beijing or Chengdu
hosts - do travel into mainland China, cabs will pass them by or
order them out when their ethnicity is discovered by their language;
or 'vacant hotels' suddenly have no rooms, one hotel after another."

One foreigner said that when they are with Tibetan friends in
Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, it is impossible to hail
a taxi. On one occasion the foreigner asked an elderly Tibetan monk
friend with them to stand back while hailing a taxi so the driver
could not see them, but when the cab stopped and the monk stepped
forward, the taxi sped away with the door hanging open. A foreigner
in Beijing recently said that a bus emptied when a Tibetan monk got on board.

A translation into English is provided below of an 'urgent notice'
issued in Beijing prior to the Olympics outlining the security checks
required on Tibetans and Uyghurs "staying on business premises". The
notice was seen by ICT sources in Haidian in Beijing in June or July.
It is not known whether it appeared in other areas or not.

Urgent Notice
To all hostelries and public baths in the jurisdiction:

According to the demands of the [Public Security Bureau] branch
office, from now onwards hostelries and public baths under the
jurisdiction of Haidian District [in central Beijing] should conduct
checks on the circumstances of all Tibetans and Uyghurs staying on
business premises. Efforts should be strengthened to verify the
identification of all such people who check in, and at the same time
[their presence] reported to the police station.

Note, all hostelries and public bathhouses should carefully check and
correctly record information on guests' ethnicity.

All hostelries receiving Tibetans and Uyghurs should immediately
report to the police station.

Contact person: Officer Wu Hu, cell: 13801093916

Huayuan Road Police Station direct lines: 62014692 and 6203 2656

Huayuan Road Police Station

This report can be found online at

Press contact:
Kate Saunders
Communications Director, ICT
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