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Doctors say Dalai Lama’s condition ‘absolutely normal’

Doctors treating the Dalai Lama in Bombay on January 28, 2002 said he is in “absolutely normal” condition. Dr. Prakash Mhatre, operations director at the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre in Bombay told Reuters, “We undertook further medical examinations this morning like blood tests on a fasting stomach. He’s absolutely normal.” The Dalai Lama went […]

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Statement from Ngawang Choephel

First of all I would like to say thank you to all the people who helped me and worked so hard for my release. I am very happy to be out of prison. I am grateful to all the Tibetans who shared their folk music with me in Tibet during my two months travel and […]

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ICT-Europe congratulates new European Parliament President

Amsterdam. The International Campaign for Tibet-Europe sent a message to Mr. Patrick Cox congratulating on his election as the President of the European Parliament. In the January 21, 2002, message ICT-Europe Director Tsering Jampa said, “Over the years, the European Parliament has consistently demonstrated its support for Tibet by adopting significant resolutions including one last […]

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China releases Ngawang Choephel on medical parole

Ngawang Choephel, a Tibetan ethnomusicologist arrested in Shigatse, Tibet, in September 1995 has been issued medical parole by Chinese authorities after serving more than 6 years of an 18-year sentence on charges of espionage while filming traditional arts in Tibet. The 36-year-old Tibetan exile attended Middlebury College in Vermont as a Fulbright scholar in 1993 […]

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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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Bush asks Americans to support religious freedom

President George Bush has urged all all Americans to renew their commitment to protecting the liberties that make the United States a beacon of hope for people around the world who seek the free exercise of religious beliefs and other freedoms. In a proclamation declaring January 16, 2002 as Religious Freedom Day President Bush said, […]

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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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ICT urges President Bush to raise Tibet during China visit

The International Campaign for Tibet is urging President Bush to strongly raise the issue of negotiations on Tibet when he visits China in February this year. The White House announced on January 11 that President Bush would visit China from February 21 to 22 as part of a three-nation trip, which was postponed following the […]

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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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