Monks beaten, detained, in Nyitso Zilkar Monastery raid

TCHRD: On Saturday, 1 September, China police forces raided Nyitso Zilkar Monastery Tawu (Chinese: Daofu) County in Jyekundo (Chinese: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, and arbitrarily arrested five monks, while dozens were beaten by the People's Armed Police.

"Around 60 vehicles full of armed police forces raided the Nyitso Monastery on Saturday without any explanation, and locals say it's because of the monastery's role in preserving and teaching Tibetan language, culture and Buddhism in the region," reliable sources in exile told TCHRD this week.

In addition to their arbitrary detention, the residences of the five monks were also searched and some computers and CDs were confiscated.

Following is the list of known monks who were arrested amid beatings and raids at the monastery:

Name     Local Area     Age     Profession     Father's name     Mother's name

Sonam Sherab     Gyachen nomadic camp     40     monk     Tsundue Dhondhen    
Lobsang Jinpa     Sheshing nomadic camp     30     monk     Tagyal     Pema Tsomo
Tsultrum Kalsang     Kharang nomadic camp     25     monk     Athub     Dolker
Ngawang Monlam     Geshing nomadic camp     30     monk     Sumyak     Tsewang Pema
Sonam Yignyen     Gyachen nomadic camp     44     monk     Tsundue Lodhen     Wangmo Dolma

Following the raid, electricity and all communications in the area of Nyitso monastery were blocked,
and the People's Armed Police were patrolling the streets near the monastery.

When a group of monks at the monastery tried to stop the five fellow monks from getting detained, they were beaten by the armed police.

"Instead of listening to the cries and requests of the monks, the monks were brutally beaten up," said a former Nyitso monk now living in exile in India, appealing TCHRD to put up the case before the UN Human Rights Council.

Tsewang Norbu, a 29-year old monk from Nyitso Monastery, on August 15 last year set himself on fire demanding the return of the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.

Three months after Tsewang's self-immolation, Palden Choetso (also known as Choesang), a 35-year old nun of Nyitso Nunnery, set herself on fire in protest against the Chinese government.

Since 2009, more than 50 Tibetans in Tibet have set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese government.

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