China detains Tibetan woman for critical online postings

Dawa Tsomo in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy: RFA)
Dawa Tsomo in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy: RFA)

(, Aug29, 2014) –For writing and posting articles on her internet blog page which were critical of its policies and actions, including on the living conditions of Tibetans in Yulshul (Chinese: Yushu) Prefecture of Qinghai Province, which was devastated by earthquake on Apr 14, 2010, China has detained a Tibetan woman named Dawa Tsomo, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Aug 27. The young woman was taken away from her Chidza Sachen village in the prefecture’s Dzatoe (Zaduo) County on Aug 23 and has remained disappeared ever since.

She was said to have been accused of having violated China’s Internet rules and regulations.

The 2010 earthquake had destroyed most of Kyegudo (Jiegu) county-town and killed almost 3,000 residents by official count. China used the tragedy as an opportunity to give a Chinese makeover to the Tibetan town, taking over Tibetan land with little or no compensation. Many Tibetan families rebuilt their homes with their own resources only to see them bulldozed for allegedly being illegal by the authorities. These led to numerous and often prolonged protests, which the authorities put down with the use of brutal force and other forms of punishment, including jail sentences.

Chinese authorities were also reported to have refused permits to Tibetans to operate shops and restaurants in Kyegudo while similar applications from Chinese immigrants were said to be readily approved. There were also reports in Apr 2014 that the Yulshul authorities demolished several brick kilns operated by Tibetans in Kyegudo after being approached by their Chinese immigrant rivals.


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