(TibetanReview.net, Feb28, 2015) – London-based international human rights group Amnesty International said Feb 25 that Tibetans continued to face ethnic discrimination and also restrictions on their rights to freedoms of religious belief, expression, association and assembly during 2014. Releasing its annual 2005 report, it added that Tibetan monastic leaders, writers, protesters and activists were also detained during the year.
Covering the Tibet situation as a section under China, the report said seven people set themselves on fire in Tibetan populated areas in 2014 in protest against repressive policies by the authorities, taking the known total since Mar 2011 to 131.
Referring to the range and scale of activities attracting persecution, the report said, “In some counties, family members of self-immolators, or those who have attended the Dalai Lama’s teachings, were sympathetic towards the ‘Dalai Clique’ or had ‘connections overseas’, were barred from senior positions or from standing as candidates in village elections.”
The report also said Tibetans continued to face violent repression for carrying out peaceful protests, resulting in serious injuries and deaths. It noted that in Aug 2014, Tibetans demonstrating against the detention of a village leader were shot by police and security forces in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) County of Sichuan Province, resulting in at least four of them dying from their wounds while one protester committed suicide in detention.
The over 400-page report covered human rights situation in 160 countries and territories.