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Torture in Tibet

Torture and ill-treatment is widespread in Tibet.

Tibetan political prisoners are subjected to torture and maltreatment, to break their spirit and in order to obtain confessions that form the basis for convictions to long-term prison sentences.

Common torture practices include:

  • Electric-shock batons to the head, face, mouth or even genitals
  • Beating with sticks and iron rods
  • Forced sitting/standing in extreme positions for hours
  • Application of hot objects to the skin
  • Mental torture and humiliation
  • Deprivation of sleep and food
  • Solitary confinement without daylight

Many kinds of cruel torture methods are used which can leave prisoners mentally and physically scarred.

A-Nya Sengdra

A-Nya Sengdra is awaiting his appeal hearing.

A-Nya Sengdra

A-Nya Sengdra, a Tibetan nomad and environmental activist from eastern Tibet, arrested and charged on false chargeslinked to his peaceful activism as an environmentalist, community leader and anti-corruption activist.

Tashi Wangchuk

China: Release Tibetan language rights campaigner immediately

Tashi Wangchuk

Tashi Wangchuk, a young Tibetan businessman and language rights advocate has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for “inciting separatism”.

Lhamo Kyab

Highly respected primary school teacher serving 15 years.

Lhamo Kyab

Lhamo Kyab was taken away late at night in 2008 accused of “endangering state security” around the 2008 Tibetan uprising. Lhamo Kyab was held in secret for almost 2 years before being sentenced.

Yeshe Choedron

Retired doctor serving a 15-year sentence

Yeshe Choedron

Yeshe Choedron has been in prison since 2008, accused of sending “intelligence” to Tibetans in exile. Her children are currently not allowed to visit her.