Lhasa police offer up to nearly $45,000 in rewards for ‘crime against state security’ reports

(TibetanReview.net, Jul09’22) – Police in Lhasa, the Chinese-ruled capital of Tibet, have promised rewards of up to 300,000 Yuan ($44,840) to any Tibetan who reports alleged crimes against state security, the goal being to “build an iron”. wall of stability,” the Washington-based Tibet advocacy group International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said on July 8. The maximum reward offered by the Public Security Bureau of Lhasa Municipality is three times that promised by the Chinese Ministry of Security June 6 for citizens across the country who report actions considered a threat to security national, as indicated by Reuters June 7 and the scmp.com June 8, citing a Chinese official Legal daily.

Much of the Lhasa announcement, which was made on July 4 – just before the 87e anniversary of Tibet‘s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on July 6 – directly focused on Tibet-related activities. Beijing’s June 6 announcement is said to be aimed at bolstering law enforcement ahead of the national party congress to be held twice a decade in China later this year.

Eight of the 12 “illegal and criminal activities” listed in the announcement’s “scope of clue reports” are believed to be directly related to Tibetan activism. This can include something as innocuous as reading or speaking, for example, of foreign newspaper articles or broadcasts about Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

ICT notes that while point 7 explicitly states that online activities related to “Tibetan independence” should be considered a crime, other forms of expression of Tibetan opinion and thought in the form of speech, Writing, audio or video material, carrying flags and other memorabilia are also listed as offenses to be reported to authorities.

Interestingly, the Lhasa PSB announcement does not appear to mention the national announcement from the Ministry of State Security on June 6. Rather, it explicitly cites the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China, the PRC Anti-Terrorism Law, the Public Security Law of the PRC Administrative Penalty Law, as well as other laws and regulations of the PRC and the Tibet Autonomous Region as the bases for issuing the public notice.

Depending on the “significance” of a report to authorities, the Lhasa PSB offers financial rewards to informants ranging from 3,000 ($448) to 300,000 ($44,840) Chinese yuan with protection for the informant ( Jǔbào ren).

On the other hand, the national announcement of the Ministry of State Security on June 6 said that citizens could obtain “spiritual rewards”, in the form of certificates or “material rewards” in cash ranging from 10,000 yuan. at more than 100,000 yuan, depending on the value. of the denunciation.