Chinese officials engaged in ‘takeover’ of Tibetan Buddhist monastery: Human Rights Watch

By Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese officials are engaging in a “takeover” of one of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries with a plan to put Communist Party officials in charge of its administration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.

Larung Gar, a sprawling Buddhist center of learning and prayer in the mountains of southwestern Sichuan province, has already been reduced in size through an eight-month program of demolition and expulsion that ended in April 2017, HRW said.

The government is now splitting the center into two sections, an academy and a monastery, divided by a wall, according to an English-language translation of a document shared by HRW, which they said was received in August 2017.