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U. S. 2017 Human Rights Report:(12) Religious Freedom in Tibet 
May 14,2018   By:CCTV
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Tibet, located in southwestern China, is on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which has an average altitude of more than 4,800 meters. For all those who have visited Tibet or watched movies and TV shows there, the first impression they have is the very strong religious atmosphere. In 1951, Tibet was liberated peacefully. In 1965, the Tibet Autonomous Region was formally established. In addition to focusing on economic development and improving the living conditions of the region, the Chinese government has always respected and protected the religious beliefs of ethnic minorities.
 
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Shingsa Tenzin Choedrak
Vice-president
NPC Election Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region
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Before 1959, there were many llamas in the temples, but in reality, many of them did not want to be willing. They only became so to survive and avoid being taken for slaves, a post that he did not even have the freedom to leave, because he had to pay a lot of money to the temple. Now there is complete freedom to decide on one's belief and religion. After a few years of study in the monastery, they are free to return to secular life without any corporal or financial punishment.
 
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There are now more than 1,700 diverse religious places in Tibet, a religious place for an average of 1,800 people. 46,000 monks and nuns are registered, one in 70 people on average is a monk or a nun. The basic expenses of monks and nuns are subsidized by the government. All monks and nuns also benefit from the social welfare system.
 
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Ngawang Tsering
Former director
Tibet Research Institute
Tibetan Academy of Social Sciences
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There is today a total religious freedom among Tibetans. Before, they did not have time to go on pilgrimage, nor to go to the temple. For lack of money, most of them did not have religious devices. Now you can see that many pilgrims hold prayer wheels made of silver, copper and even gold in their hands, which was hard to imagine in the past.
 
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On March of this year, on the sidelines of the 37th meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, the Chinese Institute for Research on Human Rights organized in Geneva a side event entitled "Protection and Development of Tibetan Culture". Representatives of governments from different countries, experts, journalists, as well as international and non-governmental organizations attended.
 
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Sonia Bressler
French independant journalist
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You have to go out there and understand Tibet from the inside by listening to people by meeting them. There, we realize that a lot of efforts to preserve culture, to develop education, access to medical care, which is still something great.
 
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Today, more and more foreign tourists come to Tibet and, through their personal experience on the spot, understand and truly know Tibet today. (OUT)
 

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