Beijing's response to requests from human rights groups internationally for a let up on tensions in Tibet has been met with a harsher crackdown on basic freedoms in the region. Phayul.com reported on August 19, 2013, Three Tibetan youth get two years' jail for self immolation links, independence protests.
A court in China has sentenced three Tibetan youth to two years’ imprisonment for their alleged links with a series of self immolations and independence protests in Tibet’s Rebkong region. The three youth were among several Tibetans who were arrested last year during protests in Rebkong against the Chinese government in the aftermath of dramatic self immolation protests by six Tibetans in just two days. There is another Tibetan being held without trial. A source said the Malho People’s Intermediate Court announced the verdict in a secret trial.
Tsondue Choeden, who is a 19 year monk of Rebkong Rongwo monastery, 20 year old Lhamo who is from Dowa Khyinga Dewa, and the 17 year old son of the Dong-dhe Samphetsang family were all sentenced to two years in prison. 18 year old Sodhbum from Dowa Kharkya Dewa is presently being held under detention but has not yet been tried. The crisis inside Tibet been intensifying, with many large scale anti-China protests and self immolations by 121 Tibetans since 2009. The Tibetan protesters have been demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama from exile.