Saturday 30 September 2017 marked the projected end of the Chinese government’s evictions and demolitions plan at Larung Gar. Large scale demolitions and forced evictions are currently taking place at Yachen Gar as well.
Since July 2016, these two key Tibetan Buddhist centers in eastern Tibet have been maliciously targeted by the Chinese authorities. Monks and nuns from Larung Gar Buddhist Academy (1), the largest and most respected Buddhist institute in the world, and Yachen Gar have been forcibly evicted and their homes razed to the ground. There have been at least 6,500 monks and nuns expelled since July 2016 and around 7,000 houses and buildings demolished. Our common belief is that China’s main goal in cutting down the population of the institutes has been to enable easier monitoring and control of the residents at the institute. Furthermore, recent evidence has shown that there are also plans to develop Larung Gar as a tourist destination with growing concern that we will see the renowned institute transformed into a low quality Disneyland-style tourist site.
Compounding this intense crackdown by China on Tibetans’ religious freedom, it was announced in August 2017 that Chinese Communist Party members are now positioned in the management committee at Larung Gar and exercise direct control over the management and day to day workings of Institute; a further tightening of China’s central control.
In November 2016 six United Nations human rights experts expressed their “deep concern” to China about the serious cultural and religious repression in Tibet raising the mass eviction of Tibetan monks and nuns and the demolition of their homes at the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute as a violation of international human rights laws and “attacks on tangible and intangible cultural heritage, which constitute serious violations of cultural rights of current and future generations.”
This is Larung Gar, the largest Tibetan Buddhist center in the world, situated in Tibet.
Today, peaceful monks and nuns at Larung Gar are struggling to preserve their homes.
It is undergoing wide-scale demolitions by Chinese authorities who plan to downsize it by 50% and evict half of its 10,000-plus residents.
With no forthright discussions with the institute's leaders that addresses safety concerns, the Chinese government is unilaterally carrying out the demolitions which infringes upon the right of Tibetans to freely practice their religion.
Tibetan nun, Rinzin Dolma, committed suicide on July 20, the first day of the demolition. She left a note saying she “could not bear the pain of the endless Chinese harassment of innocent Buddhists who quietly studied at the institute.” Two more nuns have also reportedly committed suicide.
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