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Last year was a rough year for Tibetans

Tensions persist daily in Tibet with legal records showing 2013 was a very bad year for Tibetan activists. China prosecuted many political cases in Tibet last year, reported the Central Tibetan Administration on Jan. 13, 2014. A Chinese state newspaper reported on Monday that China prosecuted 20 cases involving national security in Tibet in 2013.

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This report conveys how serious the continuing unrest in Tibet really is. The cases dealt a really heavy blow to Tibetans seeking the region’s independence. It appears more high-pressure tactics will be used this year against Tibetan separatists. The Chinese authorities have been cracking down hard on separatists. Generally, information about political cases in China is tightly restricted.

However, Tibet’s governor, Lobsang Jamcan, has been quoted by the China Daily as saying the situation remained grave. There has been heavy security in Tibet and ethnically Tibetan parts of western China ever since a wave of at times violent rioting and protests against Chinese rule began in 2008. It looks as if there's little reason to expect any real positive changes for Tibetans in 2014. Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the elected political leader of the Tibetans, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will both be needed more than ever to help Tibetans confront their tragic situation in 2014.

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