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October 10 2019


Six arrested after refusing to participate in CCP celebrations

«Contact between Free Tibet’s research partner, Tibet Watch, and confidential sources in Tibet revealed that Tsegyal, Yangphel, Dudul Lhagyay, Norsang, Shewang Namgyal and Sithar Wangyal were arrested in Tarchen Township in Nagchu, central Tibet, on 20 September.

The six defied instructions to wave Chinese flags, sing patriotic songs and praise the ruling Chinese Communist Party in the run up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

According to sources, family members of the six have asked local authorities to permit them to hand over food and blankets. The authorities have rejected these requests and issued threats that they will extend the detention period of those arrested members if they continue to insist.»


freetibet.org: Yarchen Gar in 2017

Tags: Tibet

October 09 2019


@tictoc: The NBA isn't the only business in hot water with China

July 15 2017

  • Young Tibetan monk becomes the 150th self-immolator in Tibet (International Campaign for Tibet, May 23 2017)

    “A young Tibetan monk in Qinghai set fire to himself and died on Friday (May 19, 2017) in the 150th self-immolation by a Tibetan in People’s Republic of China since 2009.

    Jamyang Losel, who was in his twenties, set fire to himself near the county hospital in Chentsa (Chinese: Jianzha) in Malho (Chinese: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai, according to Tibetan sources.

    He was immediately taken to a hospital in Xining, the provincial capital, but died there, and his body was not returned to his family, according to reports circulating on social media.”

  • Tibetan student in India self-immolates (International Campaign for Tibet, Jul. 14 2017)

    “A young Tibetan student in India set himself on fire today in the compound of his university in Varanasi, shouting ‘Victory for Tibet’.

    Tenzin Choeying, aged around 20, survived but was badly burnt and is now in hospital, according to Tibetans and other eyewitnesses in Varanasi.

    Tenzin Choeying doused himself with kerosene and set fire to himself at around 9 am in the entrance of a residential hall at the Central University for Tibetan Studies today, according to eyewitnesses. Chime Namgyal, president of the Varanasi chapter of the Tibetan Youth Congress activist group, who later visited the burned student in a nearby hospital, told Radio Free Asia: ‘He ran [a short distance] and shouted ‘Victory to Tibet.’

    Chime Namgyal said: ‘The doctor cannot guarantee his chances for survival, but he is able to speak,’ adding that Choeying said he had burned himself because ‘there are no rights for Tibetans in Tibet.’

    Tenzin Choeying studies Sanskrit and his family live in an exile Tibetan settlement in Karnataka.”

April 26 2015


China attempts to legitimize its Panchen Lama through a major speech as the real Panchen Lama’s birthday approaches - International Campaign for Tibet

“Most Tibetans revere Gendun Choekyi Nyima, recognized by the Dalai Lama in 1995 as the 11th incarnation of the Panchen Lama.[6] On May 17, 1995, the 11th Panchen Lama disappeared. Suspicions that he had been kidnapped were confirmed in 1996 during questioning by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, when the Chinese government admitted to holding the boy and his family in ‘protective custody.’[7] He has now been missing for two decades.

In April 2011, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances issued a statement on enforced disappearances in China, and mentioned the longstanding case of the 11th Panchen Lama. The Working Group stated that ‘While the Chinese authorities have admitted taking him, they have continually refused to divulge any information about him or his whereabouts, making his case an enforced disappearance. A number of human rights mechanisms including the UN Committee Against Torture, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, as well as Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, have all called for his whereabouts to be revealed, to no avail.‘[8]

In October 2013, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child once more expressed its concern about the situation of the 11th Panchen Lama. The Committee stated that it was “deeply disturbed” that China ‘has not allowed any independent expert to visit and confirm his whereabouts, the fulfillment of his rights and his well-being,’ and called on China ‘to immediately allow an independent expert to visit’ him.[9]

The Committee asked again, as it had in 2005, if China’s contention that the Panchen Lama had received higher education and was living a happy life had been confirmed by an independent authority. The Chinese official refused to respond to this question, vaguely stating that an answer would be provided at a later stage.[10]

Gendun Choekyi Nyima’s predecessor, the 10th Panchen Lama who died in 1989, was an outspoken advocate for the preservation of Tibet’s unique cultural heritage, religion and language.[11] The 10th Panchen Lama’s ‘70,000 Character Petition,’ remains the most extensive internal criticism of Chinese Communist Party policies ever submitted to the leadership.[12]

The context of the Chinese-selected Panchen Lama’s comments is a deteriorating environment for Tibetan Buddhism. In particular, after overwhelmingly peaceful protests swept across Tibet in March and April 2008 – a result of the worsening situation in Tibet at that time — the Chinese authorities responded by intensifying an already established anti-Dalai Lama campaign, issuing further sweeping regulatory measures that intrude upon Tibetan Buddhist monastic affairs and implementing aggressive ‘legal education” programs that pressure monks and nuns to study and accept expanded government control over their religion, monasteries, and nunneries. Officials have detained, imprisoned, or beaten to death a number of monastic leaders, interfered with identification of reincarnations, and imposed a ban on travel, even for religious purposes to Mount Kailash.[13] A harsh new ‘rectification’ drive in one area of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Driru,[14] last year, led to the adoption of regulations, according to which monasteries deemed ‘illegal’ will be torn down and Tibetans who possess images of the Dalai Lama or place traditional prayer (mani) stones will be severely punished.[15]

There has also been an expulsion of monks and nuns from many monasteries, particularly in the Tibet Autonomous Region. After monks from the ‘Great Three’ monasteries in Lhasa of Sera, Drepung and Ganden took to the streets in March 2008, the monastic population has been subject to intensified suppression and the strengthening of control mechanisms.[16] Hundreds of monks have been expelled and arrested from these three monasteries, leading to serious fears for their survival as religious institutions.[17]

Consequently, at present, monasteries in the Tibet Autonomous Region that once housed thousands of monks are now reduced to a few hundred whose main responsibility appears less to undertake religious study and more to tend to the buildings and tourists.

Chinese authorities have been characterizing Tibetan language, culture and monasteries as sources of instability.”

  • Spain court rejects plea to reopen genocide cases against Chinese leaders, upholds dismissal of charges (phayul.com, Apr. 24 2015)

    “In 2013, the Spanish court issued an international arrest warrant against the five Chinese leaders on charges of genocide but later dropped the case under a new law that allows Spanish courts to pursue cases only if the accused is a Spanish national or a resident of Spain.

    The five Chinese leaders are Jiang Zemin, former President and Party Secretary; Li Peng, Prime Minister during the repression in Tibet in the late 1980's and early 1990's (and the crackdown in Tiananmen); Qiao Shi, former head of Chinese security and responsible for the People’s Armed Police during the martial law period in Tibet in the late 1980s; Chen Kuiyuan, Party secretary in the Tibet Autonomous Region from 1992 to 2001 (who was known for his hard-line position against Tibetan religion and culture), and Deng Delyun (also known as Peng Pelyun), minister of family planning in the 1990s.

    Alan Cantos and Dr Jose Elias Esteve Molto, both Spanish citizens, jointly filed the cases in Spain National Court in 2005, representing Comite De Apoyo Al Tibet. In 2008, Spain's top criminal court agreed to hear a lawsuit from Tibetan rights groups that accuses Chinese leaders of genocide in Tibet.

    The cases were admitted under the principle of ‘universal competence’ adopted by the Spanish judiciary in 2005 and under which Spanish courts can hear cases of genocide and crimes against humanity wherever they occur and whatever the nationality of the defendant.

    According to the new law that limits Spanish courts’ use of universal jurisdiction to pursue crimes against humanity committed outside its territory, Spanish judges would only be allowed to investigate crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity if accuse were Spanish citizens or foreigners who had their habitual residence in Spain at the time when the crimes were committed.

    China expressed its anger over the case saying it could damage ties between Spain and China. The amendment to the law is seen as a move to avoid angering China which welcomed the Spanish national court’s decision to scrap the cases against its former leaders. Spain however has denied that the new law was a response to complaints from China.”

  • Tibetans celebrate 26th birthday of Panchen Lama, call for his release (phayul.com, Apr. 25 2015)

    “‘Kidnapped at the age of 6, Gedun Choekyi Nyima is considered the world’s youngest political prisoner. 17th May 2015 will mark 20 years since his enforced disappearance,’ said Nyima Yangtso, Vice-President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress. ‘Through this event, we call on the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, Human Rights organizations and world governments to inquire about his wellbeing and to pressure the Chinese governments for his immediate release.’

    The 11th Panchen Lama, Gedun Choekyi Nyima, was only six years old when the Chinese government abducted the young lama in 1995. Even after 20 years in custody, the Chinese authorities have not provided any verifiable information or proof of the physical and mental well being of the 11th Panchen Lama.

    The young Lama went missing after the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of the tenth Panchen Lama on May 14, 1989.

    The 10th Panchen Lama was only 52 when he passed away under mysterious circumstances after delivering a public speech in which he was sharply and openly critical of the Chinese government's policies.

    ‘By celebrating the Panchen Lama’s birthday, we want to show the Chinese government that they do not have the right to control the reincarnation of Tibetan Lamas,’ said Dorjee Tseten, Asia Director of Students for a Free Tibet. ‘Tibetans will continue to work for his release. No matter how long it takes, he will always remain in the hearts of Tibetan people.’”

March 20 2015

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February 14 2014

Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said today: ‘The result of the vote by the Spanish Parliament following the orders of arrest affecting Chinese leaders by Spain’s independent judiciary only underlines the unprecedented pressure that the Chinese government is imposing on European governments. This is part of an increasing attempt by China to undermine the rules and principles of international law in order to preserve its impunity. The new and very alarming element is that now China, an authoritarian government, is able to directly request, and obtain, changes to the national legislation of a major European democracy such as Spain. The sooner democrats and citizens of the world realize and act to counter these developments, the better it would be for our future.’
Spanish Parliament ruling following arrest warrants for Chinese leaders ‘should be of concern to all European citizens’ (International Campaign for Tibet, Feb. 12 2014)

February 08 2014

A Tibetan man yesterday set himself on fire to protest against China’s occupation of Tibet in Dokarmo town, Tsekhok County, Malho prefecture.

Phagmo Samdup, 27-year-old tantric practitioner (Ngagpa) set himself ablaze near Benchen School in Dokarmo town yesterday around 9.30 PM (local time).

According to exile media reports, minutes after his self-immolation protest, Chinese armed forces took away the charred body. However, it is not known where he has been taken or if he is alive or dead, sources say.

Following his self-immolation protest, situation in the region remains tense with the local Chinese authorities deploying large number of armed security forces. The authorities are strictly monitoring all movements and intercepting communication lines, a Tibetan source said.
Man immolates self in Tsekhok, Malho (phayul.com, Feb. 7 2014)
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