Up to 1,000 nuns at Yachen Gar in Sichuan have been evicted by officials from the Tibetan Autonomous Region and have been told they are not allowed to join any monastery or nunnery there, or carry out public religious rituals or practices.
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By: Olivia Yang
Following reports of the late July demolitions at the Tibetan Buddhist institute Larung Gar in China’s Sichuan Province, another 1,000 nuns have been evicted at Yachen Gar, a major monastic encampment in the province, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
Larung Gar is one of the world’s largest Buddhist teaching centers and authorities said the demolitions in July were “necessary in order to carry out ‘correction and rectification,’” HRW says.
The county order given to the institute in June states, “By September 30, 2017, the population of the encampment must be limited to 5,000 persons; the numbers of expelled persons and demolished buildings should basically correspond.” [FULL STORY]