Dharamshala, India - Chinese police have arbitrarily detained a Tibetan man in the Nagchu prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region after accusing him of leaking politically sensitive information to outside Tibet. He has been missing since.
In the latest case, Lhadhar, a 36-year old Tibetan man was arrested by Chinese police in October this year, after a few days, they called him on the phone in September, saying you aren't allowed to go out. He has been held incommunicado by the police since then, a source told the TPI on Wednesday, citing contacts in the region.
Lhadhar, a native of Geso Tsalhi, Tarchen Township, Nagchu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, it said, added that the 36 year old Tibetan man lives at home with his Parents.
It comes as the Chinese authoritarian-regime in China has imposed tighter curbs on mainstream and social media, and arbitrarily detained and convicted activists, lawyers, and others.
"The authorities have not provided a reason for his arrest, but locals think that he had been accused of leaking state secrets," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Lhadhar who strongly oppose China's repressive policies, including the "Patriotic Re-Education” campaigns in Tibet and placing a severe restriction on the movement of Tibetan people," it further said, added: "Because of his spiritual faith and critical views, he was always kept under intrusive police surveillance."
But the source also says Lhadhar is a Tibetan man who is always deeply devoted to the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the reunion of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet."
"Lhadhar among several others including monks of the Shag Rongpo monastery were beaten up brutally by a gang of violent police during their protest against Chinese government workers, conducting “patriotic education” campaigns,' it further said.
Monks have called for an end to the denunciation campaigns against their local leader Dawa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, leading shutdowns of the Shak Rongpo Monastery in 2013. Religious activities were banned in the monastery and many of the monks were expelled. A large military presence was established near the deserted monastery and approximately 2000 military and 400 security personnel were deployed in the area.
Many scholars believe that the Tibetan movement for safeguarding their national identity, culture and political space has grievously suffered as a result of Chinese aggressive nationalism and China's failed Tibet policy.
China-Tibet: The one-thing you need to know
Over the past 70 decades, there has been ongoing political repression, social discrimination, economic marginalization, environmental destruction, and cultural assimilation, particularly due to Chinese migration to Tibet which is fueling intense resentment among the people of occupied Tibet.
The communist-totalitarian state of China began its invasion of Tibet in 1949, reaching complete occupation of the country in 1959. Since that time, more than 1.2 million people, 20% of the nation's population of six million, have died as a direct result of China's invasion and occupation. In addition, over 99% of Tibet's six thousand religious monasteries, temples, and shrines, have been looted or decimated resulting in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of sacred Buddhist scriptures.
Until 1949, Tibet was an independent Buddhist nation in the Himalayas which had little contact with the rest of the world. It existed as a rich cultural storehouse of the Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings of Buddhism. Religion was a unifying theme among the Tibetans -- as was their own language, literature, art, and world view developed by living at high altitudes, under harsh conditions, in a balance with their environment.