China has identified “new crimes of terrorism” in a further escalation of oppressive measures that are focused less on protecting China’s citizens and more on the elimination of dissent and enforcement of compliance to Communist Party policies.
On 22 May 2018, Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of ‘separatism’ after appearing in a New York Times video speaking of the importance of protecting Tibetans’ ‘mother tongue’.
A Tibetan who participated in the March 2008 protests in Lhasa has returned home two months after the end of a decade-long prison sentence.
Chinese authorities are increasingly using opaque policy terms in official media to tighten repression in Tibet, Human Rights Watch said in an illustrated glossary released on 19 June 2017.
A Tibetan man imprisoned for his advocacy for Tibetan language depicted in a New York Times video interview still faces criminal charges, according to his lawyer, and police are pushing for a trial.
New systematic and long-term security measures are being rolled out in the eastern Tibetan areas of Kham and Amdo as part of an intensified control agenda set at the highest levels in Beijing and in line with a ‘counter-terror’ campaign.
The International Campaign for Tibet published a new report, “Torture and Impunity – 29 Cases of Tibetan Political Prisoners”, which documents a pattern of torture and mistreatment of Tibetans by Chinese prison officials. 14 of the 29 cases outlined in the report have died, as a consequence of torture, between 2009 and 2014.
On July 31, 2014, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) published its new report “Acts of significant evil – The criminalisation of Tibetan self-immolations”. The report focuses on the intensified repression, which led to convictions, detentions and disappearances of Tibetans as a response to self-immolations by the Chinese Communist Party.
On August 16 it was reported that the Intermediate People’s Court in Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture had sentenced a Tibetan man to death for ‘killing his wife and burning her body to make it look as if she had self-immolated.’
Two Tibetan monks were shot in the head and several others seriously injured after Chinese police opened fire at a crowd gathered to peacefully celebrate the 78th birthday of the Dalai Lama in Nyitso, Tawu, Eastern Tibet, on Saturday 6th July.