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Online Profile of Tibetan Businessman Dorje Tashi, Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

August 20, 2010

High Peaks Pure Earth
August 14, 2010

High Peaks Pure Earth has been following the case
of high-profile Tibetan businessman Dorje Tashi.
According to international media reports, Dorje
Tashi was sentenced to life imprisonment on June
26, 2010, after a three-day trial by the Lhasa
Municipality Intermediate People's Court.

Despite Dorje Tashi's arrest having taken place
sometime after the protests in Lhasa in March
2008, this has been the first information about
his case to have reached the media. High Peaks
Pure Earth has obtained these photos of Dorje
Tashi that were taken in Beijing in 2005:

An indication of Dorje Tashi's high-profile
status is his inclusion in the "People" section
of the most popular Tibetan website TibetCul, in
the category listing prominent contemporary
Tibetans in Tibet. He is listed under the
sub-category titled "Business Elite" and shares a
place in the sub-category alongside ten other
Tibetans in the business community, including
Karma Samdrup, recently sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Below is a translation of the online profile that
was posted on TibetCul on November 11, 2006.

TibetCul Profile of Dorje Tashi

Dorje Tashi

Awarded the prestigious Tibet Autonomous Region
Party Committee and regional government’s
"Outstanding Private Business Award", Shigatse
Prefecture’s "Poverty Alleviation Special
Contribution Award", Gansu Provincial Committee
and provincial government's "Contribution to the
Public Economy Development of Gannan Award" for
Gannan Prefecture, and appointed Honorary
Chancellor of Jianhua Vocational High School in
Nanchong City in Sichuan Province in June 2004.
On May 25, 2005, he was given Shigatse
Prefecture’s Communist Youth League Committee
"Youth Civilization" Individual Achievement
Award, awarded every 10 years. The Manasarovar
Hotel was awarded the "Youth Civilization" Group
Achievement Award, awarded every 10 years.

Dorje Tashi vowed to work for the community, to
contribute to the economic development of Tibet
and, through his tireless efforts, established
the Tibet Manasarovar Group (in Chinese, the
Tibet Shenhu Group). The company consists of
Lhasa Manasarovar Asian Hotel (3 Star),
Manasarovar Hotel (3 Star), a travel agency,
Manasarovar Business Hotel (4 Star), Shigatse
Oasis Real Estate Development Company and
Manasarovar Real Estate Development Company. The
unemployed status of more than 780 local
unemployed people was resolved and they brought
in profits of over 2.26 million Yuan a year; over
4.6 million Yuan was handed out in staff
salaries, and training was given to a group of
young Tibetans to become hotel managers. At the
same time as developing business enterprises,
Dorje Tashi was always concerned about people's
suffering, and since its inception the company
has made several tens of thousands in cash
donations for poverty and disaster relief, and
the staff have often visited the widowed and
elderly or those living alone. He has been active
in social welfare undertakings and from 2002
until the present, he has given a generous
allowance to the children of poor workers in
Lhasa Chengguan district's Tsomonling nursery school.

In 2004, the Shigatse Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference activity centre  for
veteran cadres was not doing well, and after
Dorje Tashi found out about this he gave them
several tens of thousands to improve the
conditions for their activities. In 2004, he made
contributions of several tens of thousands during
the Communist Youth League of Shigatse
Prefectural Committee's "Three To The Rural
Areas" campaign. On July 5, 2004, when he learned
of the 7.6 earthquake in Drongba County, Shigatse
Prefecture, he immediately appealed to the
company's managers and employees for
contributions. The company made contributions of
several tens of thousands and his personal
contributions were several tens of thousands, and
the collection activities in Shigatse Prefecture
had the vigourous support of the Prefectural
Party Committee. When Manasarovar Hotel was being
constructed in 2001, Shigatse Prefecture suffered
from floods, and he immediately organised his
construction workers to become flood disaster
relief workers and join the front line. Money was
scarce in these efforts and he donated generously
tens of thousands. In 2002, following an appeal
for donations by the municipal committee for
poverty and disaster relief, his personal
contributions amounted to several tens of
thousands, Manasarovar Hotel made several tens of
thousands in donations and gave in-kind donations
of more than 240 items. In November 2003,
following the municipal government's appeal for
contributions to the rural poor, he gave several
tens of thousands as a private donation, the
highest for a Party member. Dorje Tashi's
tireless love of learning combined with his
intelligence created his forward-looking, visionary enterprises.
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