Inside Tibet Reports 3
23 August, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
China's heavy Olympic footprint on Tibet
On the eve of an Olympics closing ceremony, which will include a final propaganda push on Tibet, tight security remains in place across the Tibetan plateau, including shoot to kill orders to prevent further unrest during the final days of the Olympics Games.
5 August, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
New report reveals intensified crackdown in Tibet as Olympics opens
Despite its promotion of a 'peaceful Olympics', China has intensified its crackdown on Tibet this week following the most significant uprising in nearly 50 years. The wave of mainly peaceful protests against the Chinese government that has swept across Tibet since March 10 is a result of more than half a century of Communist Party misrule, revealing the breakdown of Beijing's Tibet policy at a time when China seeks to convey an image of pre-Olympics harmony.
30 July, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
New measures reveal government plan to purge monasteries and restrict Buddhist practice
Sweeping new measures introduced in Kardze to purge monasteries of monks and restrict religious practice in the wake of protests across the plateau reveal a systematic new attack on Tibetan Buddhism that is reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution.
26 June, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
International Olympic Committee sets precedent with reprimand for Tibet Party boss
In a rare departure, the International Olympics Committee said that it "regrets that political statements were made during the closing ceremony of the torch relay in Tibet," referring to comments made by Communist Party chief in the Tibet Autonomous Region Zhang Qingli, a well-known hardliner who has a leading role in the current crackdown.
20 June, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Climate of fear as Olympic torch arrives in Lhasa: Tibet government emphasizes political education to ensure 'stability'
As the Olympic torch relay approaches Lhasa, the Tibetan plateau remains sealed off, and thousands of Tibetans are unaccounted for following the crackdown since March 10. There is an intense climate of fear across Tibet. Severe restrictions have been put into place in Lhasa over the past two weeks, and there is new evidence of the torture of many of those detained.
30 May, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
More than 80 nuns detained after peaceful protests continue in Kham
Tibetan nuns have taken a leading role in dissent in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan (the Tibetan area of Kham) with two further peaceful protests on Wednesday (May 28) and at least six more separate protests since more than 50 nuns were detained after a bold demonstration on May 14. More than 80 nuns have now been detained in the unrest in Kardze that has continued despite the severe 'anti-separatist' crackdown in Tibetan areas upheld even since the
earthquake struck Sichuan on May 12.
21 May, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Tibetans in monasteries under crackdown hold prayer ceremonies for earthquake victims: message of reconciliation from monastery
As the death toll of the earthquake in Sichuan exceeds 40,000, Tibetan monks in monasteries across the plateau have held prayer ceremonies for those who died and have donated money to relief efforts. Many of their monasteries are still under lockdown in the crackdown that has followed protests across Tibet since March 10 against Chinese rule. Monks at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, where at least 10 Tibetans were shot dead during protests, applied for special permission to hold prayers for the Chinese quake victims.
30 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
First sentences since Tibet protests began: monks to serve life, 20 years
The Chinese authorities have announced the first sentences of Tibetans, ranging from three years to life, since the protests and unrest began on the Tibetan plateau on March 10. Thirty sentences were handed down yesterday in connection with the riots in Lhasa on March 14, according to a Xinhua report, citing the Intermediate People's Court of Lhasa. One monk was sentenced to life, and two others to 20 years.
29 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Mass detentions of monks, suicides and despair as enforced condemnation of Dalai Lama provokes dissent
Mass detentions of monks have continued in the past week and more monasteries have been sealed off by armed troops as a rigorous patriotic education campaign across the Tibetan plateau leads to increasing unrest. As the crackdown deepens, reports have reached ICT of the suicide of monks in different areas in protest at hardline policies or in despair due to the climate of fear and uncertainty.
24 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Authorities prepare ceremony for Olympic torch in Potala Square: fear prevails in Lhasa during crackdown
As the crackdown deepens in Tibet and people continue to 'disappear' almost every day in Lhasa, preparations are underway by the authorities for a ceremony known as 'safeguard the torch and love one's country' to be held in the Potala Square to mark the torch's ascent of Mt. Chomolungma (Everest) in early May. The ceremony, which is likely to be attended by thousands of Chinese people, is due to take place when the torch passes through Lhasa, according to a report published on a well-known and unofficial Chinese language website citing several sources.
17 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Aggressive anti-Dalai Lama campaign in Kham; imminent food shortages feared as result of security sweep
An aggressive anti-Dalai Lama campaign has been stepped up in the Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) area of Sichuan province (the Tibetan area of Kham) and further reports have reached ICT of the crackdown and suppression of protests there. In some rural areas of Kham, there are fears for the year's harvest as the security sweep has left farming land untended, endangering the year's crop.
17 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Raid on Labrang monastery: monks taken away as climate of fear prevails
On April 14-15, just days after a protest by monks in front of a group of Western journalists, a large number of armed police arrived at Labrang monastery in Sangchu (Chinese: Xiahe) county in Gannan, Gansu and took an unknown number of monks into custody.
16 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Monks reveal concerns about Chinese allegations on weapons caches, views on Olympics
A translation of the words of the monks who protested to a group of foreign media last week during a visit to Labrang monastery (Chinese: Xiahe) in Gansu province reveals concerns about religious freedom, views about the Olympics, and anger that the Chinese authorities have accused monks of possessing weapons.
14 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Authorities acknowledge 4,000 detentions: thousands 'disappear' in ongoing Lhasa crackdown; Unrest at Drepung
Raids on people's houses and 'disappearances' are continuing every day during the ongoing crackdown in Lhasa, and there are new fears for monks at Drepung monastery after more troops were deployed following unrest there over the past few days.
9 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Labrang monks stage protest during official media tour
Monks from Labrang Monastery (Chinese: Xiahe) in Gansu province staged a protest in front of a state-organized media tour for foreign and Chinese journalists today. A group of 15 monks burst into the courtyard where around 20 Chinese and foreign journalists were assembled and spoke about having no human rights, and about the Dalai Lama returning to Tibet. Several of the monks carried large paper Tibetan flags.
9 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Re-opening of Tibet for tourism postponed
As protests surround the arrival of the Olympics flame in San Francisco, the Chinese authorities have postponed the re-opening of the Tibetan Autonomous Region for tourism. This is likely to be due to concerns over bringing the torch through Tibet and in an attempt to keep the extent of the crackdown hidden from the outside world.
4 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Eight Tibetans killed in Kardze: new phase in protests in Tibet
At least eight Tibetans were killed yesterday in eastern Tibet after armed police fired on a crowd of several hundred monks and laypeople after an incident in which monks were detained after they objected to an intensified 'patriotic education' campaign, including photographs of the Dalai Lama being thrown to the ground, according to reliable sources.
3 April, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Jokhang monks make bold protest: transcript
On March 28, a group of 30 monks in Tibet's most sacred temple and place of pilgrimage, the Jokhang, spoke out to foreign press who were on an official tour of Lhasa orchestrated by Beijing. Images of the monks speaking directly to the journalists about the crackdown in Tibet's capital and the "lies" of the Communist Party were captured on film by the press and broadcast all over the world.
29 March, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
New unrest in Lhasa despite security crackdown
Despite the military crackdown and high levels of fear and intimidation in Lhasa, new unrest broke out today in the Barkhor area of the capital after armed police moved into the area in force.
27 March, 2008 | International Campaign for Tibet
Jokhang monks' peaceful protest changes Beijing propaganda offensive
The International Campaign for Tibet is extremely concerned about the welfare and whereabouts of a group of monks at the Jokhang Temple in central Lhasa who spoke out to journalists on a tightly controlled media trip to Tibet today. Images of the young monks gathering around press and calling for Tibetan freedom and in support of the Dalai Lama, with one monk breaking down in tears, were broadcast all over the world today on international networks.
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