Over 50 Tibetans arrested for sending email

More than 50 Tibetans have been arrested and some bunged in jail since March 2008 for sending reports, photos or videos abroad.

According to information gathered by Reporters sans Frontieres and verified with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights And Democracy (based in India) most of the material was sent via the Internet, which is under very close surveillance in Tibet.

Reporters sans Frontieres reports that the latest Tibetan to be convicted is an emailer called Dasher who has been given a 10-year prison sentence on a charge of 'separatism' for sending out reports and photos of the March 2008 protests. He has been detained ever since his arrest on 13 March 2008.

"The repression has never stopped since the March 2008 uprising in the Tibetan regions," Reporters sans Frontieres said.

"This persecution of Tibetans who take risks to send evidence of the human situation abroad is a tragic illustration of the state of exception that reigns in Tibet. We call for their immediate release."

A 24-year-old Tibetan from Rata was arrested in mid-February, accused of having contact with people abroad and watching political videos online. Gyaltsing, a resident of Sog, was sentenced to three years in prison in December on a charge of "communicating information to contacts outside China" apparently after downloading photos of the Dalai Lama.

Tibetan journalists say a campaign of "reeducation" in Sog has led to the arrest of several Tibetans for refusing to comply with the "Love your religion, love your country" campaign.

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