Posted by: becketfund | May 19, 2007

China: Government Restricts Tibetan Children from Religious Activity During Holy Month

The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy reports that China has taken steps to restrict children from participating in religious activities during the Buddhist holy month of Saka Dawa, which began May 17. The Lhasa City Committee has forbidden school-aged children from visiting monasteries, entering Barkhor (the area surrounding one of Tibet’s most important temples) and from wearing amulet thread during the month. Those who do not follow the order will risk expulsion from school. Please read the press release in full for more detailed information about the religious restrictions imposed by the Chinese government.

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