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Simon Long

Might China change tack?

June 24, 2013

A leading Chinese scholar has criticised the Communist Party’s handling of Tibet, the first public sign for two decades of high-level disagreement over its hardline policies there.

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Tibet Intergroup

Tibet Intergroup Hosts Landmark Environmental Event

June 20, 2013

BRUSSELS: The offices of MEPs Satu Hassi (Greens), Thomas Mann (EPP) and Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg (S&D) of the Tibet Intergroup of the European Parliament, the Office of Tibet, Brussels, the International Campaign for Tibet and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) jointly organised a seminar at the European Parliament on the state of Tibet’s environment on 19 June. Mixing politics, human rights and environmental sciences, this hearing was the occasion for all to discover the multiple facets of Tibet’s struggle against the degradation of its land, air and water.

Keynote speaker, Mr Tenzin Norbu, head of the Environment and Development Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration, gave a presentation focused on resource exploitation, nomads and climate change. Introducing the “third pole” concept, he stressed that Tibet is currently the largest reservoir of fresh water in the world due to its glaciers, permafrost and rivers. However, these resources are in danger of disappearing fast due to over-exploitation of minerals and forests on the Tibetan plateau. Combined with climate change, these activities have a strong impact on flood risks and the timing of the monsoon season on which billions in South East Asia depend for agriculture.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama shares wisdom on dissent, death and politicians

Published online June 13, 2013 by Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama joins us in Sydney to share his thoughts on Tibetan autonomy, the lack of a meeting with the Australian Prime Minister, and the ever-invasive presence of technology in our lives.

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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: In the past three years, more than a hundred Tibetans are reported to have set themselves on fire – so-called self-immolation – to protest continuing Chinese rule and brutality. It’s a disturbing trend in a country that’s long embraced non-violent protest against China.

The country’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has always advocated a peaceful approach to resisting oppression. But, as China’s power grows and the Dalai Lama ages – he’s now 78 – there are questions about whether his influence is waning.

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“Fire in the Land of Snow a Documentary on Self-Immolations in Tibet”

Voice of America has released a new 56-minute long documentary entitled, “Fire in the Land of Snow a Documentary on Self-Immolations in Tibet”. From the VOA website: “An hour-long documentary that explores the causes behind the 118 self-immolations known to have taken place in Tibet since 2009. Combining smuggled videos, first-hand accounts and interviews with experts, scholars, and officials, this film provides an in-depth and comprehensive look at the recent history of Tibet and the powerful forces that lie at the heart of one of the largest waves of political self-immolations in history.”

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Seven Days in Tibet

Tibet has been off-limits to journalists since the Chinese government brutally suppressed riots in the region five years ago. France 24’s regional correspondent Cyril Payen managed to get a seven-day visa to enter the region. What he saw lends weight to the complaints of the Dalai Lama and human rights organisations, who say Tibetan culture […]

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‘Weakness of the Oppressor’: Leaked document exposes psychological traumas faced by Chinese armed police in Tibet

TCHRD has received a Chinese language copy of a manual published by the Sichuan Provincial Political Department of the People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF, also called PAP), titled “Guide on Psychiatric Wellbeing While Maintaining Stability” that was circulated among different contingents, detachments and squadrons located at the province, prefecture, and county levels of Sichuan. The […]

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Ex-President Carter says China pressuring Nepal on Tibetans

China is putting pressure on Nepal to interrupt the flow of Tibetan refugees into the Himalayan nation, former United States President Jimmy Carter said on Monday. Hundreds of refugees from the Chinese province of Tibet cross treacherous mountain passes to reach Nepal each year, but as the influence of China grows in its impoverished neighbour, […]

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Discussions in the Vast Space Between “Should and Should Not” By Woeser

“High Peaks Pure Earth” provides commentary on Tibet and translations from Tibetan and Chinese writings posted from Tibet and China. Below is a recent posting between Chinese writer and scholar Wang Lixiong and an unnamed Tibetan currently living outside Tibet. Their dialogue concerns the self-immolations in Tibet and concludes in part that considerations around whether […]

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Chinese authorities resorting to racial discrimination

Washington: A top American Tibetan leader has said that while people in China are enjoying comparatively more freedom, Tibet is increasingly being turned into one big prison and Tibetans are being treated as second grade citizens. Bhuchung K Tsering, vice president, Special Programs of International Campaign for Tibet, asked Beijing to listen to the views […]

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Rethink the status of Tibet

Published on December 18 by The Wall Street Journal | Opinion Asia. Please read the full article here. By: Ellen Bork Nearly 100 Tibetans have committed suicide over the past three years in protest of conditions under Chinese rule. At first, the self-immolators were mostly monks and nuns. Now more lay people, women and parents […]

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Rethink the Status of Tibet

Published on December 18 by The Wall Street Journal | Opinion Asia. Please read the full article here. By: Ellen Bork Nearly 100 Tibetans have committed suicide over the past three years in protest of conditions under Chinese rule. At first, the self-immolators were mostly monks and nuns. Now more lay people, women and parents […]

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EU Human Rights Strategy must include a Special Representative for Tibet

The EU should prove its dedication to the policy of peaceful dialogue and support for human rights and democracy with a strong and consistent EU strategy for human rights. This was the overriding message of a report voted in Plenary in Strasbourg today by ALDE MEP Leonidas Donskis (Liberal Movement, Lithuania). The Annual report on […]

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Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on Tibetan self-immolations

The EU is profoundly saddened by the increasing number of Tibetans committing self-immolation, many of them young people. We are concerned by the restrictions on expressions of Tibetan identity, which appear to be giving rise to a surge of discontent in the region. While respecting China’s territorial integrity, the EU calls upon the Chinese authorities […]

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Tibet’s Man on Fire

Published online November 30, 2012 by National Geographic. Please read the full article here. At the time he decided to set fire to himself, Jamphel Yeshi was living in the Tibetan refugee colony of Majnu ka Tilla, on the northern outskirts of Delhi. The colony was first settled in 1963, four years after the Dalai […]

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Footage from inside Tibet in Australian broadcast

Published online October 9, 2012 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Please read the full article here. Australian broadcasters filmed inside Tibet for a news documentary featuring Tibetans speaking about the self-immolations as Chinese officials blame the Dalai Lama. The broadcast and transcript by ABC can be viewed here » A Tibetan woman whose identity is […]

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Third Tibet self-immolation in one week

Published online October 6, 2012 by Voice of America’s Tibetan service. Please read the full article here. The fifty fourth Tibetan set himself on fire in an apparent protest against Chinese rule of Tibet and has reportedly died on the scene. The incidence took place near Kanlho Tsoe Dokar Gelug Monastery, located in Tsoe, Amdo, […]

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Four young Tibetans jailed for providing information about self-immolation

Published online October 4, 2012 by Reporters Without Borders. Please read the full article here. Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that more Tibetans, including a minor, have been given long jail sentences for trying to circulate information about the grave human rights situation in the Tibetan region, where at least 52 people have […]

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The message from the north

Published online October 5, 2012 by The Hindu. Please read the full article here. After decades of dealing with the Indian hand in their country’s domestic affairs, Nepali politicians are now confronted with another assertive neighbour — China. Moving from a relatively detached approach to high-profile engagement, Beijing has now started making its views known […]

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