China's brutality in Tibet
CHINA'S BRUTALITY IN TIBET EXPOSED
of identified killed Tibetans since 10 March 2008
(contains scenes of violence, gruesom pictures!!)
Though there are many footages of the protests taking place
throughout Tibet last year that were splashed across the world,
the following are one of the rare footages of police beating of
protestors, the suffering and death of a captive, and
Para-military presence in Lhasa, which managed to make its way
to the outside world.
According to the information received by the Central Tibetan
Administration, as of 31 January 2009, partly as a result of
such beatings, about 220 Tibetans died and over 1,294 were
seriously injured. Over 5,600 were arrested, 290 sentenced and
more than 1,000 have simply disappeared.
In the past, one of the most powerful and stunningly painful
footages to come out of Tibet that recorded Chinese police
treatment of the protestors was the 1988 beating of the monks at
the Jokhang temple. These footages now shown around the world
are the first images that documented the brutality of the
China has repeatedly denied the use of torture in Tibet. Even
after last March’s widespread protests and the crackdown that
followed, Chinese authorities in Tibet resorted to brutal
beatings and torture of the captive Tibetans.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry had rejected the U.N. panel’s
report on the widespread use of torture by Chinese police,
calling the report as “untrue and slanderous” in November 2008
and accusing the committee members as “prejudiced” against
However, the following footages testify to what is truly
happening in Tibet as recently as 2008.
This is one of the rare footages of Chinese police beating
Tibetans who participated in the massive and widespread protests
that erupted throughout Tibet since 10 March 2008. We are told
that these beating of protestors took place in or near Lhasa
after 14 March 2008. The footage clearly shows the beating of
Tibetan captives even after they are handcuffed and tied, a
violation of international norms regarding treatment of captives.
The second footage is about a young Tibetan, Tendar, a staff
in the China Mobile company who was brutally beaten and later
suffered inhumane treatment at the hands of Chinese authorities.
Tendar was simply trying to stop some Chinese police officials
from beating a lone monk on March 14, 2008 when he was on his
way to his office.
He was fired at, burned with cigarettes butts, pierced with a
nail in his right foot, and severely beaten with an electric
baton. The wounds and the bruise marks visible on his body is a
testimony of the brutality he was subjected to by the Chinese
The doctors and the nurses were terribly stunned upon seeing
the rotten wounds and bruises on his body when he was shifted to
the TAR People’s Hospital, which shows he was even denied basic
medical care at the military hospital.
Due to covering his wounds with polythene, his wounds began
to rot as clearly seen from the footage. TAR People’s Hospital
had to remove about 2.5 kgs of his body part in order to clean
out the decay. Every effort was undertaken by his family in
meeting huge expenses, but for his recovery, but failed to bring
He died due to his injuries on June 19, 2008. When his corpse
was offered to the vultures according to the tradition, a nail
was found in his right foot.
Third footage shows the heavy Para-military presence in Lhasa
in the run up to the 50th Anniversary of March 10 Tibetan
Lhasa and all other areas of Tibet still remain under virtual
TIBETAN DEATHS UNDER CHINA'S CRACKDOWN SINCE MARCH 2008
- As of 20 March 2009, a total of 220 Tibetans have died
under China's brutal crackdown since 10 March 2008.
- Four categories of death under China's crackdown –
Indiscriminate firing, Torture, Suicide and Starvation.
- Indiscriminate firing into the protesting crowd
resulting in Tibetan deaths confirmed in Lhasa, Ngaba, and
Karze (Tongkhor Monastery, Chokri Monastery and Dabpa County).
- Information available on 107 Tibetans with 113 yet to be
- Following events and information adds up to more than
113 unidentified dead Tibetans:
- Largest number of Tibetan casualties reported
between the period of 14-17 March 2008. At least 80
people killed on 14 March 2008. In further confirmation
of such killings, an estimated 80 bodies were seen piled
near Lhasa Public Security Bureau Office on 15 March
- On 28 March 2008, an estimated 83 bodies were
cremated in a crematorium behind Yabda Township, Toelung
Dechen County, Lhasa Municipality.
- [Out of over 160 Tibetan aforementioned deaths in
March 2008 in Lhasa alone, information available on over
40 Tibetans in the list].
- Of the 23 Tibetan deaths in Ngaba protest of 16
March 2008, only 10 could be identified.
- Pema Thinlay, Vice-Chairman of the "TAR", had
acknowledged the death of three protestors (unidentified)
in a press conference in Lhasa on 27 March 2008.
- Deaths of three Tibetans (an elderly person, one
male and one female youth) from Dabpa County, Karze
"TAP", Sichuan Province. Initial protest occurred on 7
March 2008 resulting in shooting dead of the three
unidentified Tibetans four days later on 11 March 2008.
Reasons for unconfirmed identities of 113 dead Tibetans:
- Of those killed in Lhasa, many did not possess residence
permit. These Tibetans were originally from far-flung areas
within the "TAR" such as Kongpo, Chamdo etc. and from the
regions of Kham and Amdo who had come to Lhasa for purposes
of pilgrimage, business or temporary stay.
- Chinese security forces had cremated many bodies without
informing the family members. As disappearance cases of
Tibetans in the aftermath of 2008 protest totals over a
thousand, it is likely that many of the deaths went
uninformed to and unreported by the family members on the
assumption that their kin could have been disappeared or
- Information clampdown and blackout.
FIGURES of Tibetans Arrested, Sentenced, Dead and Missing
It is virtually impossible to determine the exact number of
Tibetans arrested, dead, sentenced, or missing in Tibet
considering the tremendous lack of transparency and severe
restrictions on information flow in Tibet. It is, however,
believed that the actual figure of Tibetans facing prison
sentence, detention, disappearance etc is likely to be much
higher than what is reported here.
10 March 2008 – 31 January 2009
news report, 5 Nov. 2008, and The Australian
report, 10 Nov 2008]
Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet
Regional People's Congress said at a press conference
held on 10 Feb 2009]
[Xinhua news report, 5 Nov. 2008]
623 including 241 policemen
[Xinhua news report, 5 Nov 2008]
- Xinhua on 2 April 2008 acknowledged that "150 incidents
of smashing, looting, beating and burning" had taken place
between March 10 and March 25 in the Tibetan areas of
Tsongon Province, Gansu Province and Sichuan Province.
- Other official accounts acknowledge specific protests in
at least 18 county-level areas in prefectures of Chamdo,
Ngaba, Karze, Kanlho and Golok in the "TAR" and the
provinces of Tsongon, Gansu and Sichuan.
- Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet
reports more than 125 protests across the Tibetan plateau
since 10 March 2008.