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China holds conferences on Tibet's public security and monastic activities

August 23, 2010

TCHRD Press Release
August 21 2010, Dharamsala

Contact: Mr.Tenzin Norgay (English) and Mr.Jampa Monlam (Tibetan and Chinese)
Telephone: +91 1892 223363 / 229225

Public Security Ministry Conference

The Public Security Ministry of People’s Republic
of China (PRC) organized a two-day meeting of
Public Security Bureaus of the ethnic Tibetan
areas in present-day China  covering the "Tibet
Autonomous Region" (TAR) and the four provinces,
according to the news portal
on 20 August 2010 . The two-day meeting held in
Lhasa between 18-19 August 2010 assessed the
results and experiences of "upholding public
security, struggle against the current separatist
movement, and identified current challenges facing stability in Tibetan areas."

In the aftermath of the spring 2008 mass scale
pan-Tibet protests, the government has
drastically escalated vigilance on movement of
the people. Specific measures have been
undertaken to restrict the flow of people between
the Tibetan areas. Also ordinances have been
passed in Lhasa requiring pilgrims, businessmen
and visitors to bring along guarantors to the
Public Security Bureau (PSB) to seek short-term
stay permit. If the visitors fail to register,
they are arrested during law enforcement
agencies’ area security check. Strike hard
campaigns were also launched to weed out
political activists. Those persons suspected of
participating in political activities were
interrogated and placed under strict surveillance or detained.

During the meeting, future action plans were
drawn up "to step up fight against separatists;
build bodies to protect social security; increase
border security; and improve communication
infrastructure, uniform and skills of the public security bureaus."

United Front Work Department Conference

Prior to the public security conference, the
United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the
Communist Party of China (CPC) also organized a
meeting between 14-15 August 2010. The meeting
held at Shigatse drew heads of monastic
institutions and local United Front heads in the
"TAR" as well as Tibetan areas in four provinces
to tighten religious institutions in Tibetan areas.

The two top level conferences are most likely
follow up meetings to the Fifth Work Forum on
Tibet conducted in January 2010 to implement
measures to bring restive Tibet under control.
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