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Nomads in north-eastern Tibet excluded from their traditional grazing grounds

Reports from Tibet indicate that Chinese authorities have banned nomads from using their traditional grazing grounds in Golog and threatened with fines and even imprisonment.

No order was made for this order to evacuate the willows in the Darlag district, TAP Golog, Qinghai Province, nor to expel another group of nomads from their winter storage facility nearby. The nomads involved made an appeal to the "honored leaders of the People's Republic of China and the relevant departments," and for six reasons they rejected the decree of the authorities, who called them unconstitutional: "The rights of the citizens It is against the constitution, against national and local laws, and affects the livelihoods of people and their way of life ".

The authorities set the 23. August as the date by which the nomads had to leave the area. Although most had cleared the pastures until then, "some could not meet the deadline," reported from the source of Radio Free Asia.

"Then the authorities used military police to threaten the remaining nomads. Finally, they evicted them from the site and demanded a fine of 1.000 Yuan (US $ 152) per person for disobeying the order. " "They were also told that anyone who did not go away would be arrested."

Livestock herders from the villages of Horkor and Takor in the Dernang district of Darlag district were also ordered to leave areas they had designated as winter storage. They do not know where to go and have no place to stay.

Every year, around the middle of June, Tibetan nomads cultivate their livestock for summer pastures on the grasslands. The authorities did not explain the recent bans on use of the area, but according to Tibetan sources, Chinese officials often claim that grazing bans, grazing and nomadic nomination are a scientifically proven necessity to promote grass growth, carbon storage and to protect the water catchment areas. The nomads reject these arguments.

The petition states: "It is alleged that livestock must be abandoned to protect the environment. However, to preserve the environment, mining, which weakens and leaches the land, and the creatures living on it, should be deprived of vitality, as well as all the construction activities and factories that pollute the air, be stopped ... In such places The abandonment of livestock for the sake of grass-growing and the compulsory cattle herders to stop cattle breeding and change their way of life contradict the natural conditions and the results of scientific research. That the livestock does not harm the environment is proved by the experience of the nomads themselves. "

In fact, large-scale mining of copper, gold, silver, chromium, and lithium has become the norm throughout Tibet. The ensuing integration of the region into the Chinese economy has provoked a devastating environmental destruction. And Tibetans who raise their voices against mining and its environmental risks are imprisoned, tortured or even killed.

In the Tibetan settlement area, Qinghai Province was the first to officially implement the PRC's policy on relocating nomads. Tens of thousands of Tibetan herders were forced to slaughter their animals and move to newly built settlements or nearby cities, thus giving up their traditional way of life.

The Tibet Post International (TPI), September 7, 2017
Translation: Adelheid Dönges, Revision: Angelika Oppenheimer

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  1. Viola thirst

    What hypocrisy to deprive the Tibetan nomads of their tradition and livelihood on the justification of ecological necessities. In my view, just one more step to destroy Tibetan culture and exercise complete control over the "treasury of Tibet" and its raw materials and resources.
    May the Tibetan people not lose heart. And may the UN take steps to politically stop the atrocities in Tibet that have been going on for many years. And may the Western economy also become aware that cheaply earned money has to be bought very dearly.
    May the Dalai Lama soon be able to travel to a free Tibet

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