Political Prisoners in Tibet

New lists of prisoners supplied by former inmates and smuggled out of the Tibet Autonomous Region substantially increase the known number of political prisoners in Tibet. In this report, Asia Watch and the Tibet Information Network present the cases of some 275 prisoners with all extant biographical material. The lists clearly show that the majority of people arrested for nonviolent political activity in Tibet since 1987 have been young monks and nuns, and they provide important insights into the complexity of the prison system in Tibet. The lists also contain more information than has hitherto been available on women prisoners.

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