Tibet Monk in Hiding Tells of Interrogation, Abuse

A Tibetan monk who was detained on suspicion of involvement with the riots that broke out in Lhasa in March has provided details to the AP of his experience:

What followed, according to Jigme, was two months of interrogation and abuse over his suspected role in this spring’s uprising against Chinese rule across Tibet and a broad swath of Tibetan-inhabited regions in western China.

His telephone interview with The Associated Press on Friday gives one of the few detailed first-person accounts of the crackdown on the riots and protests that continue six months after the events.

Chinese authorities contacted by phone said they had no information about Jigme’s case, making his claims impossible to verify.

But the basic facts of his story correspond with testimony given by monks and nuns detained in previous campaigns and widely reported by credible overseas human rights groups.

A video of his testimony is also posted on YouTube (in Tibetan):

September 15, 2008, 3:10 PM
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