Magazine article New Internationalist

Torture Tactics

Magazine article New Internationalist

Torture Tactics

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After nearly 70 years of oppression in Tibet, recent evidence shows that there has been a significant increase in torture and the numbers of political prisoners.

A recent Amnesty report confirms Tibetans' allegations of torture. Chinese officials used medieval torture devices such as spiked rods and iron torture chairs as well as electric batons.

Following massive peaceful protests in 2008, the Chinese military led an intensive crackdown on Tibetans throughout the country. Since then, over 600 Tibetans have been held as political prisoners, according to International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). China has successfully closed Tibet off from the rest of the world, so it is difficult to get a precise number on torture victims; however, ICT has reported nearly 30 recent cases.

In November 2015, the United Nations Committee against Torture met with Chinese officials and asked them to account for several horrific torture cases - mostly involving Tibetan monks - that had been brought before them. …

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