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Students for a Free Tibet chapter in Delhi University

Students in Delhi University, one of the premier universities in India, on January 17 started a chapter of the Students for a Free Tibet (SFT). Over 600 students, majority of whom were non-Tibetans attended the inaugural session, which was addressed by the Dalai Lama’s representative in New Delhi, Kasur Tashi Wangdi, the Tibetan language radio […]

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Tibetan broadcaster in Pakistan to cover conflict

As part of its expanded coverage of the situation in Afghanistan and the Indian subcontinent, Radio Free Asia’s Tibetan service has sent one of its broadcasters to Pakistan. Mr. Karma Gyatsho Zurkhang arrived in Pakistan on January 12, 2002 and has been sending daily despatches, according to RFA Tibetan service chief Jigme Ngapo. Jigme said […]

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Human Rights Watch says China tightened control over Tibet in 2001

An international human rights group has said that China changed its Tibetan policy in 2001 focusing on accelerated economic development and tightened control over alleged “secessionist” activities. In its annual global survey released on January 16, 2002, the New York based Human Rights Watch included summaries of human rights events in 2001 in 66 countries, […]

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Tibetan flag unfurled from Zhu Rongji’s Bombay hotel

A Tibetan demonstrator on January 16, 2002 dramatically unfurled the Tibetan national flag and a huge banner with “Free Tibet” written on it from the 12th floor of a hotel in Bombay where visiting Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji was staying. According to the Friends of Tibet, INDIA (FOT), Tenzin Tsundue, a research scholar and general […]

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Tibetans hold vigils as Chinese Premier visits India

Tibetans in India began a series of demonstrations on January 13 in connection with the visit of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to highlight the need for a resolution of the Tibetan problem. Premier Zhu arrived in New Delhi on January 13 evening after a brief stopover in the historic city of Agra. Forty-two protesters were […]

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Over 200,000 people expected at Dalai Lama’s teachings in Bodh Gaya

The Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra Initiations, a sacred Buddhist ritual, in Bodh Gaya later this month is assuming special significance as it may attract the largest number of devotees and comes soon after Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji’s visit to India from January 13 to 16. The Dalai Lama has recently urged India to assume a more […]

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Tibetan monks create sand mandala in Washington DC to help heal America

A group of 20 Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery began construction of a Buddhist sand mandala in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2002 noon as a room full of people, including senior officials of the State Department, Representative of the Office of Tibet in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the International Campaign for Tibet, […]

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Ambassador Holbrooke clarifies on his China Op-ed

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke has said that the situation in Tibet and Taiwan have changed greatly since the United States agreed on the three existing communiques with China. In an exclusive interview to the Taiwanese English language daily, The China Post,published on January 10, 2002 Holbrooke expanded on his suggestions for the need of a fourth […]

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Congressman Tom Lantos asks China to release longest serving Tibetan political prisoner

U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) has urged the Chinese authorities to release a prominent Tibetan political prisoner, Tanak Jigme Sangpo. Lantos, who is on a four-day visit to China told journalists in Beijing on January 9, 2002 that he raised the case of Sangpo as well as Chinese political prisoners as part of his commitment […]

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Dalai Lama urges India’s role on Tibet as Chinese Premier prepares to visit India

The Dalai Lama on January 5, 2002 urged India to play a more active role in the resolution of the Tibetan problem, the Press Trust of India reports. Addressing a seminar on ‘Tibet and India – Shared concerns’ in Delhi, the Dalai Lama said, “After years of failed peace talks and violent suppression of Tibetans, […]

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U.S. says no plans for a fourth communique with China

The United States says the existing framework of its relationship with China allows it to pursue the goals it needs to pursue with China, thus ruling out any possibility of a new communique. State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher was responding to a question on his comments on Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s op-ed in the Washington Post […]

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Tibetan in New Zealand honored with Queen’s Medal for Public Service

Thuten Kesang, a Tibetan residing in New Zealand, has been announced as one of the recipients of this year’s Queen’s Service medal for Public Service. This medal is awarded for valuable voluntary service to the community or meritorious and faithful services to the New Zealand Crown or similar services within the public sector, whether in […]

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Dalai Lama calls Wang Ruowang a freedom fighter for a liberal and democratic China

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said that with the death of Wang Ruowang the Tibetan people have lost a sincere friend and the Chinese people have lost a freedom fighter, who envisioned a more liberal and democratic China. In a condolence message to Wang’s widow, Yang Zi, the Dalai Lama said he shared the […]

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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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