By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMHALA, December 10: The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), based in Dharamshala, has launched a new online database containing information on 5,518 Tibetan political prisoners compiled since 1990. The initiative is in collaboration with HURIDOCS the application (information and documentation systems on human rights) based in Geneva. Uwazi. Researcher Tenzin Dawa said 3,067 prisoners have been released while 1,809 people are still currently being held in Chinese prisons.
The database, which is launched on Human Rights Day on Friday, will be updated with new information obtained from observers, TCHRD said. âThe database was compiled after examining older documents in the TCHRD archives and cross-checking with other similar databases. The database includes county-level GPS coordinates of each prisoner’s place of origin, âthe press release said.
â5,518 is not a small number. These are verified cases that have been put into the database with sufficient evidence. That alone should hold China responsible for its atrocities, if only it was a country that accepted the truth, âresearcher Nyima Woeser told reporters. The group further claimed that the data relates only to cases from open sources, suggesting that many unknown cases have yet to be discovered. More than 300 cases of detention remain unresolved in TCHRD files because no information was received once the prisoners had served their sentence.
The human rights organization urged the global community to condemn the ongoing Chinese atrocities on Tibetan soil which go largely unnoticed, âWe call on the international community, including the United Nations, organizations and individuals to do pressure on China to immediately put an end to its policies of cultural assimilation in Tibet.
TCHRD maintained that the timing of the launch had been set in accordance with Human Rights Day on December 10, and reaffirmed the theme of the Year of Equality which is enshrined in the first article of the Declaration. Universal Human Rights Law (UDHR) which states: âAll human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and must act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.