Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Thu 12, Dec 2019 07:48 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
Photo News
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
32nd Task force on Sino-Tibet dialogue meet underway
Tibetan exiles celebrate 30 years since Nobel Prize for Dalai Lama
TSJC revokes license of Case 20 Defense lawyer
Tibetan nuns forced to declare loyalty to CCP
Self-immolations exemplify courage and strength of Tibetans in the face of adversity: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Anti corruption activist gets 7-year sentence
Kashag's lawyer fails to appear before Tibetan apex court
Family of latest self immolator detained by Chinese police
Prague to sign a “sister city” agreement with Taipei months after cancelling another with Beijing
Beijing fumed after US House passes Uyghur bill
 Latest Photo News
Shrutika Sharma from Nainital, Uttrakhand, wins the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2019, seen with her are first runners up Shalika Rana and second runners up Sapna Devi. Oct. 13, 2019 Phayu Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Nearly 3000 Students from eight countries listened to teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Three day annual teachings for youth began today. June 3, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being escorted to the teaching site at Tsuglakhang temple, May 13, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
China forcing Tibetan nomads to settle in towns
AP[Monday, June 11, 2007 11:47]

Tibetans graze their yak in the grasslands of the high Tibetan plateau in the county of Naqu, Tibet, China in this July 2006 photo. (AP/Elizabeth Dalziel, File)
Tibetans graze their yak in the grasslands of the high Tibetan plateau in the county of Naqu, Tibet, China in this July 2006 photo. (AP/Elizabeth Dalziel, File)
Beijing, June 11: China is forcing nomadic Tibetan herders to settle in towns to clear land for development, leaving many unable to earn a living, a human rights group said in a report issued Sunday.

Herders have been forced to slaughter herds of yaks, sheep and goats and Communist officials have paid minimal compensation and failed to protect Tibetans' legal rights, Human Rights Watch said. It said tens of thousands, and possibly hundreds of thousands, of people have been affected.

The group appealed to Beijing to suspend the resettlements until a review system is put in place and to allow Tibetans to return to their land if they were forcibly moved or received no compensation.

"They are destroying our Tibetan (herder) communities by not letting us live in our area and thus wiping out our livelihood completely," one Tibetan, identified only by the initials F.R., was quoted as saying.

Human Rights Watch said the resettlements in Tibet and in adjacent ethnic Tibetan areas of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces are linked to Beijing's effort, launched in 1999, to develop China's poor, restive west and bind it to the bustling east.

China's Foreign Ministry and the local governments of Tibet and the provinces cited did not respond to requests by phone and fax for comment.

The resettlements began in 2000 and have taken place more intensively since 2003, Human Rights Watch said.

"Many Tibetan herders have been required to slaughter most of their livestock and move into newly built housing colonies in or near towns, abandoning their traditional way of life," the report said.

"Many Tibetan agricultural communities have had their land confiscated, with minimal compensation, or have been evicted to make way for mining, infrastructure projects or urban development," the report said.

The most extreme efforts were in Sichuan's Golok region, where authorities banned grazing in 2003 and required herders to sell their herds and move into newly built townships, Human Rights Watch said, citing interviews with Tibetans who were affected.

It quoted one as saying: "Even if we become town dwellers and try to do business, we don't have the education or the experience to succeed. We don't even know how to live from farming. So in future we will face great difficulty."

Chinese authorities explained the changes as a response to overgrazing by Tibetan herds that was causing erosion and soil loss, Human Rights Watch said.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Tibetans riot over exploitation of sacred mountain
China wanted cash to discuss human rights
U.S must face challenge of China
Olympic firms 'abusing workers'
Trungkar Soccer Tournament kick-starts in kathamndu
Activists urge Australian leader to defy China and meet the Dalai Lama
China forcing Tibetan nomads to settle in towns
Dalai Lama heads to Canberra
Photo Galleries
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2019 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online