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Tibetan magazine expresses misgivings about Chinese intentions on dialogue process

The English-language monthly Tibetan Review has expressed misgivings about Chinese intentions in the current Sino-Tibetan contact saying China may be using it to merely blunt international criticism. It said it has seen no sign of Chinese sincerity despite the optimism of the Dalai Lama’s envoys. In an editorial in its July 2003 issue, Tibetan Review […]

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China sacks Tibetan tour guides in favor of Chinese graduates

Washington – China’s central government has ordered the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) to sack its foreign-educated Tibetan tourist guides and replace them with Chinese graduates, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports. The order affects hundreds of Tibetans educated in India or Nepal. “This year about 160 Chinese students arrived from China in two groups, of 100 […]

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India-China joint declaration may include reference to Tibet’s political status

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, currently in Beijing on an official visit, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao have agreed upon a joint declaration on June 23, 2003, which includes India’s recognition of Tibet as Chinese territory, according to media reports. However, Press Trust of India (PTI) said Indian officials claim there was no “quid […]

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Dharamsala deeply regrets the reported execution of Lobsang Dhondup; Appeals that Tulku Tenzin Delek should not suffer the same

Dharamsala – The Central Tibetan Administration has learnt of the reported execution of Lobsang Dhondup. If this is true, we deeply regret it and we also regret the rejection of an appeal by Tulku Tenzin Delek, a 52-year-old senior popular Buddhist monk after a secret re-trail. We are deeply disappointed by this reported summary execution […]

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Inquiry into Lithuanian police action on pro-Tibet demonstrators

Lithuanian police action against a popular author and other pro-Tibet demonstrators during Chinese President Jiang Zemin’s visit to Vilnius on June 16, 2002, has developed into a controversial issue in the country. Lithuanian Interior Minister Juozas Bernatonis has ordered an investigation into the actions by police, according to AFP. The Baltic Times reports that Lithuanian […]

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VOA editorial on Takna Jigme Sangpo

According to a Voice of America editorial broadcast on April 7, 2002, “China’s release of Takna Jigme Sangpo is good news. Further steps — many further steps — would be welcome.” From Voice of America April 7, 2002: This past week, the Chinese government released a man said to be its longest-serving political prisoner. Takna […]

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Washington Post says time for Europe to prove seriousness on human rights

According to the Washington Post, proceedings of this year’s session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, currently underway in Geneva, will show how seriously the European countries are in pressing human rights on governments that are capable of fighting back. In a March 25th editorial entitled “Europe and Human Rights,” the Post expressed its […]

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Will China’s apparent change in attitude toward religion benefit Tibet?

As President George Bush’s visit to China draws closer reports coming out of China talk about an interesting change in Beijing’s official attitude toward religion. Whether the change will be for the better or for the worse for Tibet is yet to be seen, but commentators have gone so far as to say that this […]

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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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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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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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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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Op-Ed: ‘Don’t shut out the Dalai Lama’

Originally published by the Far Eastern Economic Review. The writer, based in Washington, is the Dalai Lama’s special envoy. The 1998 summit meeting between Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and United States President Bill Clinton had evoked hopes that progress on the Tibet issue would soon be at hand. However, this hope was short-lived, as the […]

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