People's Republic of China: Crackdown on Tibetan dissent continues
Two Tibetan monks recently detained in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Gansu Province, are reported to have been severely beaten while in police custody. One monk was released when his parents paid a substantial amount of money and was then refused admission to hospital. Many monks, nuns and lay people have been detained over the past few months in the TAR and Gansu Province after allegedly being involved in activities promoting Tibetan independence. Nearly 50 others are in detention as part of the continued dispute over the discovery of the 11th Panchen Lama.