China: two Tibetan activists held without reasons being disclosedEvent
- Initial Date
- Apr 2, 2021
- Event Description
Chinese police in Sichuan’s Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture have arrested six Tibetans considered prominent in their communities in recent weeks, with the reasons for their arrests unknown, a Tibetan living in exile said Wednesday.
Writer and environmental activist Sey Nam was taken into custody on April 2 in Kardze’s (in Chinese, Ganzi’s) Serthar (Seda) county, Golok Jigme, a former political prisoner now living in Switzerland, told RFA’s Tibetan Service, citing local contacts.
“Due to tightened restrictions on communications in the area, my source doesn’t know the reason for his arrest,” Jigme said.
Also arrested on April 2, Tibetan activist and former political prisoner Tsering Dolma had been detained at least twice before in 2008 and 2012 after she took part in protests against Chinese policies and rule in Tibetan areas.
“I think this was the third or fourth time she was arrested,” Jigme said.
Formerly an independent nation, Tibet was invaded and incorporated into China by force 70 years ago, and the Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers later fled into exile in India and other countries around the world following a failed 1959 national uprising against China’s rule.
Chinese authorities maintain a tight grip on the region, restricting Tibetans’ political activities and peaceful expression of cultural and religious identity, and subjecting Tibetans to persecution, torture, imprisonment, and extrajudicial killings.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Rights Concerned
- Right to liberty and security
- Environmental rights defender
- Pro-democracy activist
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 2 April 2021, Sey Nam and Tsering Dolma, EHRD and pro-democracy defender, were arbitrarily arrested by the police as result of prolonged harassment in Serthar County, China.