China: End Involuntary Rehousing, Relocation of Tibetans

Lack of Consultation Violates Human Rights, Undermines Culture
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(New York, June 27, 2013) – The Chinese government is subjecting millions of Tibetans to a policy of mass rehousing and relocation that radically changes their way of life, and about which they have no say, Human Rights Watch said in a new report published today.

Since 2006, under plans to “Build a New Socialist Countryside” in Tibetan areas, over two million Tibetans have been “rehoused” – through government-ordered renovation or construction of new houses – in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), while hundreds of thousands of nomadic herders in the eastern part of the Tibetan plateau have been relocated or settled in “New Socialist Villages.”

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    Case 1: Bagkarshol (Bagaxue), Taktse (Dazi) county 2004
    29°41'49.55" N 91°25'42.04" E
    © 2013 DigitalGlobe. Source: Google Earth

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    Bagkarshol (Bagaxue), Taktse (Dazi) county 2009
    © 2013 DigitalGlobe. Source: Google Earth

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    Case 2: Drupshe (Xiezhawo), Taktse (Dazi) county 2009
    29°43'59.37" N 91°27'45.59" E
    © 2013 DigitalGlobe. Source: Google Earth

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    Drupshe (Xiezhawo), Taktse (Dazi) county 2012
    © 2013 DigitalGlobe. Source: Google Earth

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    Case 3: In Nyenmo township (Nianmuxiang), Namling (Nanmulin) county
    29°19'21.78" N 89°24'37.49" E

    Case 4: Mintse (Minze), Nedong (Naidong) county
    29°15'57.81" N 91°52'43.41" E

    Case 5: Kiangchung (Guangqiong), Gongkar (Gongga) county
    29°17'09.78" N 91°00'05.24" E

    All photos © 2013 DigitalGlobe. Source: Google Earth

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