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Eight Tibetans Arrested For Teaching Tibetan Language In Eastern Tibet

In a short span of 12 days from August 23 to September 3, 2021, Chinese authorities have arrested more than 120 Tibetans for merely exercising their cultural right of speaking and practicing their own native Tibetan language.
A view of Sershul County, Dzachuka in Eastern Tibet. Courtesy: TPI

By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- Chinese authorities have arrested eight Tibetans for their efforts to teach Tibetan language to local Tibetans in Wonpo of Sershul County, Dzachuka in Eastern Tibet.

According to Tibet Post International (TPI), the Chinese authorities arrested two Tibetan women from Wonpo village and six monks from Wonpo monastery in the first week of September, 2021, for merely exercising their cultural right of speaking and practicing their own language.

“First, the Chinese authorities called the Tibetan monks from Wonpo monastery to the local Chinese authorities’ office for investigation. They then commanded the monks to return to their rooms, with five to six Chinese authorities and police officers accompanying the monks,” TPI quoted a local source, as saying.

“After reaching the monks’ rooms, the Chinese authorities searched all the rooms and then arrested the monks in Sershul County,” the source said, adding that their names cannot be made public because of security reasons.

The Chinese government has massively minimized Tibetan language classes in Tibetan schools in recent years, and as a result, many Tibetans, especially Tibetan monks, have volunteered to teach Tibetan language to local Tibetans.

For many years, Tibetans and monks in Wonpo have volunteered to teach Tibetan language to local Tibetans, through a group called the “Mother Language Protection Group.”

The Tibetans arrested by the Chinese authorities were members of this group and they were part of the joint initiative to teach Tibetan language to the local Tibetans.

From August 22 to 29, 2021, Chinese authorities detained at least 112 Tibetans in Wonpo for possessing the photographs of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, communicating with Tibetans in exile and helping to teach the Tibetan language.

On September 3, 2021, Chinese authorities again arrested eight Tibetans in Wonpo for teaching the Tibetan language to the local Tibetans.

Thus, from August 23 to September 3, 2021, Chinese authorities arrested at least 120 Tibetans from Sershul County, Dzachuka, Eastern Tibet merely for practicing their own language, which is against the fundamental principles of the United Nations as well.

 

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