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Arbitrary arrests are occurring in Driru

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The situation in Tibet remains dismal. There have been particular concerns about the deteriorating situation in Driru. reported on Dec. 2, 2013, reports have emerged out of Tibet of several arbitrary arrests in the restive Driru County, which is located in Tibet's Nagchu region. A Tibetan exile who is originally from Driru has said his sources have reported there have been reports of at least three Tibetans arrested at different times since September.

Lobsang Choeying was arrested and charged with involvement in protests against the government in front of a school in September. Kunchok Choephel has been accused of sending out information about the recent protests in Driru to separatist forces located outside of Tibet and headed by the Dalai Lama. A monk of Rabten monastery, Sang Tashi, was forced out of his quarters while in meditation. His laptop and cellphones were also seized by the Chinese authorities.

Family members and relatives of the arrested Tibetans are not certain where these people are being held. Sources have said they think they are being held in Chinese prisons and detention centres in Nagchu, Driru and Lhasa. The Chinese authorities are reported to also be forcing many Tibetans to take part in China's "Thought Education Campaign." The Chinese are monitoring everything going on in Driru very carefully at this time. And so this is a very sad time for the Tibetans and their friends.



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