China detained over 900 Tibet pro-independence protesters: official

[JURIST] Police in China [JURIST news archive] have detained 953 people, of which 403 have been formally arrested, in connection with protests against Chinese rule in Tibet [BBC backgrounder] last month, Chairman of the Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region Qiangba Puncog [CIIC profile] said Wednesday. Last Friday, a top Tibetan official was quoted as saying that Tibetan courts would prosecute more than 1,000 protesters [JURIST report] before May 1.

Chinese officials have blamed the exiled Dalai Lama [personal website] for organizing the protests by Buddhist monks in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa last month. China says that 19 people died after skirmishes between pro-Tibet protesters and Chinese authorities last month, but the Tibetan government-in-exile [official website] said that 130 had died [JURIST report]. The Dalai Lama has denied accusations that he was behind the riots and has said that he supports true autonomy for Tibet, not outright independence. AFP has more.

 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.