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China: New Political Requirements for Tibetan Monastics

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Expand Policemen watch over crowds from a rooftop at the Drepung Monastery as a huge Thanka depicting the image of Sakyamuni is unveiled on the outskirts of Lhasa, in Tibet.  © 2005 FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images Chinese authorities are requiring key Tibetan monks and nuns to act as propagandists for the government and Communist Party, Human Rights Watch said today. Under new policies for “Sinicizing” religion, the government has been compelling selected monastics in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) to undergo political training designed to create a new corps of Buddhist teachers proficient…

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