Police Atrocities against Tibetan Protestors
On the visit of Chinese President Xi Ji Ping on 11th -12th October 2019 to India, Tibetan activists approached HRLN Delhi office for legal assistance as their protest in Chennai, under the fear of police action against them. On 5th October 2019, the prominent Tibetan activist and writer Tenzin Tsundue was arrested from a hotel at Kottakuppam in Villupuram district. At the time of his arrest, Tenzin had been reportedly carrying ‘Free Tibet’ pamphlets and a ‘Free Tibet’ flag, which he had planned to display at the protest during the visit of Chinese President. He was sent to the Puzhal Jail at Chennai in the middle of the night. On 6th October, the Selaiyur police arrested 8 Tibetan activists representing the Members of Tibetan Students Association of Madras (TSAM), Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), and Students for a Free Tibet (SFT). One of the activists contacted us prior to the arrest and informed us that they were being arrested from their residence. The police without any search warrant started searching their house and asked them to show their Identity cards. For few hours the Tibetan Activists and students were illegally confined in the house and later without informing them, taken to an undisclosed location.
Two Advocates from Human Rights Law Network went to Tamil Nadu to provide immediate legal assistance to Tibetan protestors, from coordinating for release of detained persons to filing of bail applications, they played a critical role in protecting the right to protest.