China forces Tibetan nomads to transfer ownership of their land to government

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Beijing – Chinese authorities in Qinghai Province are forcing Tibetan nomads to sign an agreement that transfers ownership of their traditional lands to the government.

These nomads live almost the same way their ancestors lived centuries ago, tracking and raising cattle on the lush grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau, but Chinese authorities are now preventing these nomads from accessing their traditional pastures, a reported Radio Free Asia.

“They are forcing the Tibetans to sign these ownership documents which transfer ownership of this land to the government,” a local source told RFA’s Tibetan service.

“The nomadic regions of Trindu [in Chinese, Chenduo] Kyegudo County is where they are currently revoking user permits and confiscating land. The real purpose of land confiscation is to force Tibetan nomads to settle in the city, ”the source added.

50 years ago, the Chinese government agreed to allow local nomads based in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture to use their pastures without interference, but now their deadline has expired.

Earlier in August, a Tibetan community leader and his nephew were also arrested in Tridu County, Qinghai, after advising local Tibetans not to give up their rights, Radio Free Asia reported. (ANI)