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Condolence message on the death of Wang Ruowang

Washington, D.C., December 28, 2001 The International Campaign for Tibet has sent a message of condolence on the death of Wang Ruowang, a prominent Chinese intellectual. Wang died in New York on December 19 after a brief illness. He was 83. A memorial meeting for Wang Ruowang is being held in New York on December […]

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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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Heightened tension along India-Tibet border

An Indian newspaper has reported increased tension between Indian and Chinese security forces along the Tibetan border. In a two-part series, the Hindustan Times reported on December 24 and 25 that India has put its troops on alert following “hostile actions” by China in recent weeks. Full text of the report follows. Jaideep Mazumdar, The […]

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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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Tibet: An Evolving Democracy in Exile

Testimony of Eva Herzer, Tibet Justice Center (Berkeley, CA), at the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Briefing on Tibet in Washington DC, on December 6, 2001. In 1949, when China militarily invaded Tibet, Tibet was a theocratic state and China was in the throws of an idealistic communist revolution. Today, Chinese and Tibetans inside Tibet live […]

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Tibetan Government responds to Chinese white paper on Tibet

The Tibetan Government-in-Exile has charged the Chinese leadership with having colonial motives behind their claims of modernization in Tibet. In a response to a recent Chinese White Paper on Tibet’s modernization, the Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet, Kalon Samdhong Rinpoche, released a Tibetan perspective on December 10, 2001, which said, “China’s new attempt to modernize […]

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Executive Summary of Tibetan response to Chinese white paper on Tibet

On 8 November the Information Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued a white paper called Tibet’s March Toward Modernization. The latest Chinese white paper, as usual, white washes Chinese atrocities in Tibet. There is no mention of the Cultural Revolution, leave alone the other atrocities committed on the Tibetan […]

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ICT sponsors second annual Tibetan Youth Leadership program

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) invites young Tibetans in the United States to apply for weeklong leadership training scheduled for March 2002 in Washington, D.C. ICT will provide travel expenses to and from Washington, D.C. as well as arrange for accommodation and food during the training period. The first such leadership program was held […]

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ICT Director testifies before Congress

Bhuchung Tsering, Director of the International Campaign for Tibet, testified for a Congressional Human Rights Caucus briefing on the human rights situation in Tibet (December 6, 2001). Congressmen Mark Udall (D-CO) chaired the Briefing attended by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Congressman Stephen Horn from California. The purpose of the briefing was to highlight the […]

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Statement of Congressman Mark Udall at the Congressional briefing on Tibet

Congressman Udall chaired a December 6, 2001, briefing for the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Members on the Human Rights Situation in Tibet: I’m very pleased to be here today to introduce this important briefing on the human rights situation in Tibet, and I am especially pleased to welcome our five distinguished guests. Before I turn […]

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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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