Tibetans Oppressed by the Chinese Government

By Dokyung (Kelly) Kim & Dongseon Kim

Published Date: 2021 / 05 / 16

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Many people who were peacefully protesting were arrested and tortured horribly. Labrang Jigme, a Tibetan monk, arrested while peacefully protesting, said she was tortured for two days, hands tied and without anything to eat or drink. After the torture, she had to sign a document that stated that she was not tortured. According to the International Campaign for Tibet, the Chinese government imprisoned more than 600 people after a massive peaceful protest in 2008. The Chinese government also kicked Tibetans out of more than 6,000 monasteries to use the monasteries for tourism. This act of assault shows how the Chinese government does not care about the people’s inheritance, culture, and tradition. As such, the freedom of speech and of religion, and the right to be protected from physical harm of Tibetans are all violated by the Chinese government.

The Chinese government is treating Tibet arguably worse than any other province. China had removed over 2 million Tibetans from 2006 to 2012 and is urbanizing regions to gain control over Tibet. The Chinese government even made travel restrictions and now monitors everyone to limit the Tibetan’s financial opportunities to grow and stop them from informing the violation of Tibetans’ rights to other countries.

These oppressions and regulations on Tibet by China go way back to the mid-20th century. Mao Zedong, who was the leader of the communist party of China, sent an army to Tibet in 1949 to conquer them and claim the land as their own. After conquering Tibet, China allowed Tibet’s military and its government to remain. However, Tibetans became nervous when news reached central Tibet about how Chinese troops in neighboring regions, such as the Tibetan areas of the Chinese provinces of Qinghai and Sichuan, were using increasingly violent methods to subjugate Tibetans, taking away property, dismantling the traditional class structure, arresting landlords, and destroying monasteries. This reaction of fear and worry from Tibetans resulted in a brutal crackdown in 1959, resulting in the killing of thousands of Tibetans, destruction of most of the monasteries, which were spiritual centers of Tibetan people. Until now, for about 70 years, Tibetans are being assaulted and manipulated by the Chinese government, scared of the possibility of being attacked by China’s soldiers.

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