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President Bush issues proclamation on PNTR to China

United States President Bush issued a proclamation on December 27, 2001 to extend nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of The People’s Republic of China, thus ending the policy of linking trade to China with its human rights policies. This proclamation was part of the follow-up steps the United States had to […]

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China stopping Tibetans from going to India for study

The Chinese authorities are taking steps to stop young Tibetans from Tibet who escape to India for their education, reports the Far Eastern Economic Review in its December 20, 2001 issue. The weekly, quoting diplomats in Beijing, says some 5,000 students from Tibet are enrolled in schools in India, having made their way there via […]

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New report disputes charges of forced family planning in Tibet

A new study by a team led by Melvin Goldstein of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland says that there is no evidence of forced family planning in Tibet as being alleged by groups monitoring Tibet. The four-person team, which undertook the study, “Fertility and Bold Family Planning in Rural Tibet,” includes two Tibetans […]

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Increased deportation of Tibetans from Nepal

Around 15 Tibetans escaping Tibet have been deported by the Nepalese authorities between November 25 and December 24,2001, according to a new report issued by the London-based Tibet Information Network (TIN). The report, released on December 24, 2001, said this marked increase in the number of Tibetan refugees being handed to Chinese authorities across the […]

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Tibet rated lowest for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom House annual survey

The New York-based freedom and democracy watchdog, Freedom House, has listed Tibet as a worst rated disputed territory for this year. In its annual study of world freedom released on December 18, 2001 Freedom House based its findings on a country’s record in two areas: political rights and civil liberties. “A country upholds its citizens’ […]

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Amnesty International creates new website on Tibetan prisoners

Amnesty International announced on December 17 that it had created a new website to highlight the case of 14 Tibetan nuns imprisoned in Drapchi prison in Lhasa. The website designed by members of Amnesty International Group 133 and Forefront, spotlights the case of the prisoners collectively as the Drapchi 14. The Drapchi 14 were jailed […]

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Dalai Lama leaves Dharamsala for teaching tour

The Dalai Lama departed Dharamsala on December 16 on a teaching tour, which will take him to the Dhoeguling Tibetan settlement in Mundgod, (South India) Gujarat, Delhi and Bodh Gaya where he is bestowing the Kalachakra Initiation. In Mundgod, the Dalai Lama inaugurates the new Gaden Jangtse Monastery Assembly Hall on December 19 and participates […]

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Tibetan Government-in-Exile discussing UN strategy

The Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet, Kalon Samdhong Rinpoche, has said that the Tibetan Government-in-Exile is in the process of discussing the strategy to be adopted for a Tibet resolution in the forthcoming session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. In interviews to Tibetan-language media on the completion of his 100 days […]

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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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