A town in Sêrtar County of Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The population of over 10,000 comprises primarily monks and nuns making it possibly the largest religious institute in the world, and is based around the Serthar Institute founded by Jigme Phuntsok.
In 2016, reports emerged from Tibet that there was mass demolition drive by the People’s Republic of China and huge violation of human rights of ethnic Tibetans. On 6 December 2016, Tibetan Government-in-Exile urged UN to intervene on the issue.
On 15 December 2016, European Parliament passed a resolution against Chinese authorities’ actions and condemned dismantling of Larung Gar. A report in August 2017 found that the Tibetans whose houses were destroyed were forced to sign documents that legally bound them to renounce their land rights in Larung Gar.
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