China Deepens Religious Repression in Tibet: Report

December 9, 2007

Author: Ben Blanchard

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

Religious repression in the Chinese ruled Himalayan region of Tibet is tightening, with authorities intensifying pressure on monks to denounce the exiled Dalai Lama, a new report said on Monday.

The government had started building police stations close to, or even in, monasteries, limiting the number of monks or nuns and making them take exams to prove their loyalty to China, the London-based Tibet Watch said.

Though visitors to Tibet may notice rebuilt and restored monasteries and monks and nuns apparently able to freely practice Buddhism, it is only for show, the group said.