This satellite image, taken recently in 2018, shows the former area of Trisam ‘re-education through labor’ (RTL, or laojiao) facility in Lhasa. It shows there are new walls but no watch-towers are visible. While it could not be confirmed, expert observers believe that although China closed down the RTL system, the authorities may still be using Trisam possibly as a compulsory education center. Compared to the image taken in 1993, it shows the dramatic changes in urbanisation in the surrounding areas. In comparison, it also shows the modernization of the former camp, with new blocks in the three areas Trisam occupied.
By International Campaign for Tibet|October 3, 2018|