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Copy of the notification restricting building at Yarchen Gar
Copy of the notification restricting building at Yarchen Gar
Copy of the notification restricting building at Yarchen Gar

Years of Destruction at the Monastery

In August last year, Free Tibet reported on demolitions that were carried out at Yarchen Gar. Instructions issued by local authorities stipulated that 3,500 homes were to be demolished. The reason given for the order was that space needed to be cleared for the construction of a series of roads within Yarchen Gar. As a result of the order, there were reports of monks and nuns having to dismantle their own houses.

Similar demolitions have been taking place at the site since 2002, with at least 2,000 homes demolished prior to 2017. Furthermore, approximately 3,000-4,000 people have been removed since 2008.

Free Tibet’s research partner Tibet Watch found cases of residents being summoned by authorities and made to give thumb prints on a letter pledging that they would not return to Yachen Gar in the future.

Information supplied by Tibet Watch.