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Large-scale demolitions of monks' and nuns' homes at one of the world's largest monastic institutions, Larung Gar in eastern Tibet (Ch: Ganzi/Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province), started in July 2016 under Chinese Government orders. On 20 July a Chinese work team began implementing an order issued by local authorities to reduce the number of practitioners at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy by half - from 10,000 to 5,000 - by September 2017, by evicting monks and nuns and destroying their homes. Residents were not consulted about the planned removals and no explanation for the demolitions and evictions were given until the work team had begun carrying them out.

Three Tibetan nuns have committed suicide at Larung Gar in protest against the mass demolitions; Rinzin Drolma and Tsering Drolma left notes referring to the demolitions or to Government "harassment"; Semga also killed herself, though details on how and when she died were not immediately available, and there are reports of a further attempted suicide "though others intervened in time and saved her."

Human Rights Watch has reported that since about April 2016, up to 1,000 nuns at Yachen Gar have been compelled to leave the institution and return to their homes. All the nuns were from the TAR, and instructions to leave came from TAR officials, not the local authorities.

Information from Tibetan sources state that hundreds of monks and nuns were forced to leave Larung Gar on 30 October 2016. Chinese officials and police arrived from the monks' and nuns' home areas to escort them back to their regions across Tibet.

Many of the evitee monks and nuns were forced to sign an official Chinese document stating that they would not return to Larung Gar.

Larung Gar now

Demolition continues

Largest Buddhist community before destrucion