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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

China: Where a Picture Is A Ticket To Jail

- www.phayul.com:

Tibet Map"Chinese police in a county near the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, have arrested a young monk for keeping in his quarters a photograph of the Dalai Lama and a Tibetan national flag, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports. "

The Tibetan news organisation Phayul carries the story of the Tibetan Monk who was arrested for having a picture of the Dalai Lama (who just happens to be the monk's Spiritual Leader) and a Tibetan flag in his private residence.

"A team of Public Security Bureau officials of Taktse County, Lhasa City, secretly raided the room of Choeden Rinzen, a monk at Gaden Monastery located in the vicinity of Lhasa city, on Feb. 12, 2004,"

Phayul reports.

Apparently at the time this story was filed (31/3/04) the Monk had still not been heard of by family or friends.

Can some one pass me that "White Paper" on Human Rights please? Yes ,that is right, the section on religious freedom........