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navigational imagemap From: Tibet and the Chinese People's Republic (1960), a report to the International Commission of Jurists by its Legal Inquiry Committee on Tibet (International Commission of Jurists, Geneva). Notes in {braces} are from the report; comments in [brackets ] are those of this editor.

Statement No. 1: A farmer, aged 52, from Ba-Jeuba. He had a ploty of land wehich could be ploughed in two days.

  (...) He came across no incidents of women being raped whilst he was with the Khambas [Tibetan resistance fighters ], either by Khambas or by anyone else. However, some women were raped in his village before he left to join the Khambas.

One evening when his his borther's son had been called to a meeting and his brother wa up in the hills with the nomads attending to the cattle, four Chinese arrive at his brother's house where his wife was alone. This house was next door to his.

The Chinese, three soldiers and one civilian, entered about 7:00 p.m. one night in 1954 just before he left. After they entered he heard a disturbance and then weeping and cries. Looking through the window he saw his brother's wife shouts being stifled by a towel. Two Chinese held her hands and another raped her, then the other three raped her in turn and left. He did not try to intervene because the soldiers were armed. Nor did his brother complain to the Chinese authorities because he dared not.

He was told that many women had been raped in his village and finally people held a meeting and decided to complain. Ting Wai, the commander in Jueba, said that he was about to be transferred and that they should report to his successor. Taw-yee said that it was not his responsibility and they should go to the police department.

In the police department Lew Chu-tang promised to instruct the soldiers to behave themselves and at the same time told them that the people were not to keep dogs anymore because it was a taste of food. The Chinese killed the dogs which were regarded as edible and the Tibetan people had to kill the others.

He heard of no attempt to punish the offenders and the raping continued. A complaint was made again but no reply was received. Then the people were called together and reprimanded for not killing all the dogs. His brother's wife was 25 years old {note: name supplied}. When he was with the Khampas he heard from villagers of Ngopowa, on the border of Ba, that Chinese soldiers and civilians had been raping the village women. (...)

Copyright 1997 Spencer Sundell

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