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Roosevelt Human Rights Award for Congressman Wolf

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) was one of the recepients of the State Department’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights Work this year. The award was presented on December 13 by the Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage. Armitage cited Congressman Wolf’s support for Tibet as part of his “distinguished record as a leader on human […]

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Tibetans get life in jail in connection with blast

Chinese authorities in Tibet have sentenced two Tibetan monks to life imprisonment in connection with an explosion that injured four Chinese gold miners earlier this year, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports. Tenzin Khedup and Thupten Thabkai, both Tibetan Buddhist monks, drew life sentences and fines of 29,000 yuan and 19,000 yuan, respectively, at a public […]

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Report on the Dalai Lama’s Italy visit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of the six million Tibetan people, concluded a successful visit to Italy on 3 December that began on 29 November, 2001 after the visit to Portugal. The main purpose of this visit to Tuscany Region of Italy was bestowing a Buddhist Teaching on Atisha’s Lamp […]

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Congressional Human Rights Caucus to hold briefing on Tibet

The Congressional Human Rights Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), will hold a briefing on the current issues affecting the human rights situation in Tibet. The briefing will take place on Thursday, December 6, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in room 2325 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.and is open […]

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Congressman Gilman Condemns Chinese attempt to malign Tibetans

Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (20th District – NY), Chairman Emeritus of the House International Relations Committee on November 30 condemned attempts by Chinese officials to equate the freedom struggles in Tibet and East Turkestan and the democracy in Taiwan as terrorism. He termed the Dalai Lama as a peace maker. In a statement honoring Taiwan […]

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Recent photo of Panchen Lama a case of mistaken identity

On October 10, ICT released a photo of a young Tibetan boy believed to be the Panchen Lama. It is now believed that this is probably a case of mistaken identity. While the source still genuinely believes that this is a photo of the Panchen Lama and finds it hard to believe that the identity […]

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Destruction of monasteries spreads in Tibet

Kathmandu – Just months after the demolition of thousands of homes at the Larung Gar monastic encampment in Serthar, Chinese authorities are demolishing parts of Yachen, another large monastic encampment in eastern Tibet. The scale of this continuing demolition of monastic structures is unprecedented since the Cultural Revolution. As of October 10, more than 800 […]

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Bush raises Tibet with Chinese President

In his first-ever meeting with President Jiang Zemin this week, President Bush promoted dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, following through with a commitment he made to the Dalai Lama in their White House meeting in May. Paula Dobriansky, the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, also traveled to Shanghai as part […]

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Revered Tibetan abbot removed from monastic complex

Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, abbot of the sprawling monastic complex of Larung Gar in eastern Tibet, has been removed from the complex against his will and is being held at the military hospital in Barkham (Ch. Maerkang) according to sources in Tibet. His whereabouts had been unknown since mid-August following the crackdown. Security is reportedly tight […]

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Information, travel clampdown after explosion in Kangding

The International Campaign for Tibet has recently received accounts of events surrounding a bomb blast in Kangding (Tib: Dartsedo) located in present day Sichuan Province, that scorched the front side of a prominent local government office early in the morning of August 2. Police and local authorities in Kangding closed down internet cafes the morning […]

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Dalai Lama responds to terrorist attacks

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent a letter to New York City Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, through the Office of Tibet New York. In the letter He states, “I have just written to President Bush expressing my deep sense of shock at the devastating terrorist attacks that took place . . . We are deeply saddened. […]

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China blames Western countries and ignores racism at home

China’s debut at the World Conference on Racism heavily criticized the West for causing racism via colonialism, slavery and apartheid throughout the world. However, a statement by the head of China’s delegation, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya, made no mention of any problems within China today. “Ancient Chinese always advocated the virtue of ‘tolerance’ and […]

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Tibetans unfurl 50 years of ‘Blood and Tears’ banner

On 19 July, the day of the 50th anniversary of the so-called peaceful liberation of Tibet which China proposed to commemorate on this particular day rather on 23 May, the residents of Lhasa were greeted with a loud and clear reminder of 50 years of “blood and tears,” according to reports coming from Tibet. The […]

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On This Spot: Lhasa – A map with a message

The International Campaign for Tibet’s map, On This Spot – Lhasa, is an up-to-date and comprehensive travel map of Tibet’s capital city, Lhasa. With its inclusive approach to controversial and politically sensitive sites, it is also the most unconventional map of Lhasa to date. On This Spot captures the rapidly changing face of Lhasa that […]

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UN representative to resign in protest of UN’s Exclusion of Tibetan Art

Bosnian-Israeli pianist Sasha Toperich today announced his intention to resign his honorary title as UNESCO Ambassador for Peace in protest of UNESCO’s decision to ban the display of an exhibit on UN premises because it includes work from Tibetan artists. Dr. Toperich, an acclaimed concert pianist who has performed around the world — including in […]

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Larung Gar

Thousands of Tibetan monks and nuns ordered to leave remote encampment

Officials from Beijing and Chengdu have ordered thousands of monks and nuns to leave a massive monastic encampment in eastern Tibet, according to several eyewitness sources. As monks and nuns leave, their residences are being destroyed to prevent them, or others, from returning and inhabiting the sprawling complex. The confrontation has been building for weeks […]

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News conference

On Wednesday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m., Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), will unveil legislation to help the Tibetans safeguard their identity as a people and a nation, and to support His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s efforts to achieve a negotiated solution for Tibet. Its introduction coincides with a three-week visit […]

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China blocks human rights discussion at UN

China once again blocked discussion of its human rights record at the UN Commission on Human Rights by using a controversial procedural tactic – the “no action” motion. The motion prevented a substantive vote on a U.S.-sponsored resolution expressing concern at abuses against Chinese and Tibetans. Twenty-three countries supported China’s “no-action motion,” 17 voted against […]

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