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NCJ Number: 134297 Find in a Library
Title: Rare Glimpse at Law, Crime and Justice in the Autonomous Region of Xizang (Tibet): Messages and Image From "The Roof of the World"
Journal: CJ International  Volume:7  Issue:5  Dated:(September-October 1991)  Pages:11-21
Author(s): G Feinberg
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1990 a delegation from the Office of International Criminal Justice visited the Autonomous Region of Xizang (Tibet) for 4 days and learned much about law, crime, and justice in the region.
Abstract: During an interview, the director of the Lhasa Bureau of Justice noted that the region is under autonomous rule and that the law must integrate the unique Tibetan customs and traditions with the laws made by the central government. Thus, the Tibetan government must articulate the theories of Marxism as a legal base while ensuring the sanctity of local jurisdiction, and factors such as military troops and restrictions on mobility seriously limit the region's autonomy. People have the right to demonstrate, but illegal demonstrations are punished. Tibetan officials emphasize the need to maintain good relations with Western countries. They readily acknowledge the existence of crime in Tibet, while noting how low the crime rates are compared to those in major Western countries. They attribute the low rates to the superiority of socialism over capitalism. They also appear to have an abiding respect for the ability of written law to produce harmony and economic advantage through its regulatory capacities within a consensual rather than coercive context, although unofficial indicators sometimes contradict the official statements on a subject. Photographs and 23 references
Main Term(s): Foreign laws
Index Term(s): China; Crime in foreign countries; Cultural influences; Foreign criminal justice systems; Intergovernmental relations; Marxism; Tibet
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