Tibet Weekly Updates

Tibet Weekly Updates are weekly summaries of news and governmental actions related to Tibet.

May 2015

Tibet Update (05-22-15)

  • Tibetan father of four self-immolates amid oppressive measures to prevent Dalai Lama birthday celebrations
  • Popular Tibetan singer Gonpo Tenzin given 3.5 year prison sentence
  • One monk released from prison in Kardze as another monk is arrested
  • Chinese rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang charged after almost a year in detention
  • PRI report: “In Tibet, bloggers post at their own risk”

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Tibet Update (05-15-15)

  • Nepal struck by second major earthquake
  • 20 years marked since Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama
  • Dalai Lama concludes teachings at Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala, India
  • Sikyong Lobsang Sangay speaks to Chinese scholars on Tibet

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Tibet Update (05-08-15)

  • ICT report: The impact of the Nepal earthquake in Tibet
  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: China imposes “harsh policies of repression on Buddhists” across Tibet
  • Imprisoned Tibetan singer reportedly in poor health
  • Statement of Richard Gere, Chairman of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet

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Tibet Update (05-01-15)

  • Devastation in Nepal following 7.8-magnitude earthquake
  • Dalai Lama says lack of access to information is an obstacle to peaceful change in China
  • ICT: EU must include Tibet in upcoming Strategic Dialogue with China

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April 2015

Tibet Update (04-24-15)

  • Tibetan man sets fire to himself beside shrine with religious offerings
  • China attempts to legitimize its Panchen Lama through a major speech as the real Panchen Lama’s birthday approaches
  • ICT President Matteo Mecacci: Chinese claims about Tibet lack credibility without access for international observers
  • US Government believes “resumption of dialogue” on Tibet is “critical”
  • Tibetan wedding photos ‘captivate’ China

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Tibet Update (04-15-15)

  • Tibetan nun sets fire to herself in Kardze
  • Praying and lighting butter-lamps for Dalai Lama ‘illegal’: new regulations in northern Tibet
  • Tibet Autonomous Region Communist Party boss calls for all monasteries to fly the red flag
  • China issues new directive on Dorje Shugden in bid to discredit the Dalai Lama
  • Call for Medical Parole for Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, on the 13th anniversary of his imprisonment

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Tibet Update (04-03-15)

  • One year after release from Chinese prison, Tibetan writer Tashi Rabten speaks
  • Sikyong Lobsang Sangay rebuts Beijing in TIME Magazine article
  • 17th Karmapa tours the United States
  • Celebrations quashed as Tibetan monk released from prison

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March 2015

Tibet Update (03-20-15)

  • ICT special report: Tibetan survivors of self-immolation: repression and disappearance
  • Thousands of Tibetans and Tibet supporters gather in Paris for rally
  • China responds to ICT at the UN, denying their violation of religious freedom in Tibet
  • 19-year-old monk arrested following solitary protest in Ngaba
  • Tibetans ask Chinese authorities: “Why can’t we travel abroad?”

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Tibet Update (03-13-15)

  • International Campaign for Tibet stands in solidarity with Tibetans on the anniversary of March 10, 1959
  • Self-immolation and protest in Tibet amid intensified security
  • Chinese authorities claim the Dalai Lama “profanes” Tibetan Buddhism
  • ICT President tells UN Human Rights Council: “Tibetan Buddhists demonized by PRC government”

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Tibet Update (03-06-15)

  • Seventh annual Tibet Lobby Day held in Washington, D.C.
  • New ICT report documents endemic torture in Tibet and climate of impunity
  • ICT welcomes introduction of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act to the US Congress by Representatives McGovern and Pitts
  • Chinese security forces arrange show of force in Amdo

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February 2015

Tibet Update (02-27-15)

  • US Government celebrates the Tibetan New Year for the first time, in recognition of Tibetan culture and identity
  • Images from Tibet on the first day of Losar
  • New Chinese laws in Rebgong, northern Tibet, institute wide-ranging restrictions
  • Crackdown on young monks in Tsonub region of Tibet

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Tibet Update (02-13-15)

  • Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy releases 2014 Annual Report
  • Dalai Lama to Tibetans in Denmark: “Do not lose heart”
  • Central Tibetan Administration officials meet with members of the South African government

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Tibet Update (02-06-15)

  • Dalai Lama warmly greeted by Barack Obama during public appearance, as Chinese media and officials fume
  • Groundbreaking legislation to fight impunity introduced to U.S. Congress
  • Dalai Lama one of top ten most admired people in the world
  • Tibetan nomads hold vigil in Chengdu to protect the grasslands

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January 2015

Tibet Update (01-30-15)

  • Communist Party officials punished for supporting the Dalai Lama
  • Petition delivered to Facebook: “Let Tibetan voices be heard”
  • Online outrage over officials at Party meeting in Tibet wearing endangered animal furs
  • The Diplomat interviews Sikyong Lobsang Sangay
  • Detentions and prison sentences in eastern Tibet

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Tibet Update (01-07-15)

  • Self-immolation of monk known for protecting religion and culture
  • International Campaign for Tibet calls Facebook to account over censorship
  • ICT report: Tibetan students and parents seek justice in misuse of exam results
  • Personal words of gratitude from Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari
  • NYT: “Maoists in China, Given New Life, Attack Dissent”

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Tibet Weekly Updates are weekly summaries of news and governmental actions related to Tibet.

January 2015

Tibet Update (01-07-15)

  • Self-immolation of monk known for protecting religion and culture
  • International Campaign for Tibet calls Facebook to account over censorship
  • ICT report: Tibetan students and parents seek justice in misuse of exam results
  • Personal words of gratitude from Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari
  • NYT: “Maoists in China, Given New Life, Attack Dissent”

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December 2014

Tibet Update (12-12-14)

  • Chinese Intellectuals’ Message on the 25th anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama
  • Central Tibetan Administration releases “Silver Jubilee” message commemorating the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize
  • EU raises human rights abuses in Tibet during EU-China dialogue
  • Rinchen Khandro Choegyal profiled for “Women Struggling for Human Rights”

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Tibet Update (12-5-14)

  • ICT urges U.S. officials and think tanks to challenge China’s policies on Tibet while official delegation visits Washington, DC
  • Monk stages solo protest in Sershul, Tibet; quickly arrested
  • China Human Rights Defenders reports on lengthy sentences for Tibetans
  • Two Tibetan artists receive harsh sentences, severe fines for creation of Tibetan music

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November 2014

Tibet Update (11-21-14)

  • Harsh new ‘rectification’ drive in Tibet: nuns expelled and warning of destruction of monasteries
  • ICT introduces new Chinese-language YouTube station
  • Sarah Sewall, US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, meets Dalai Lama
  • New Zealand Green Party leader stands for Tibet

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Tibet Update (11-14-14)

  • President Obama raises Tibet in bilateral talks with Xi Jinping
  • ICT report: New strategic rail network inside Tibet endangers Tibetan environment and culture
  • Two Kirti monks sentenced after solo protests calling for Dalai Lama’s return
  • Tibetans in Kham deprived of personal documents after resisting resettlement
  • Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy to publish writings by Lhaden, a Tibetan monk challenging China’s ‘rule of law’ rhetoric

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Tibet Update (11-07-14)

  • Two Tibetan demonstrations in northern Tibet over fair land compensation, education policies
  • Top Chinese official in Tibet threatens to severely punish Tibetan cadres who support the Dalai Lama
  • ICT asks German company Bosch for information on its involvement in China Surveillance and Security Fair
  • Official ICT statement on the Shugden demonstrators
  • Misleading reporting on Tibetans in Nepal

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October 2014

Tibet Update (10-31-14)

  • Dalai Lama draws crowds across North America
  • The International Campaign for Tibet and other leading NGOs urge Obama to call for release of political prisoners
  • Chinese writers join ICT round-table to discuss challenges to dialogue on Tibet
  • Two Tibetan political prisoners released; another sentenced to 12 years in prison
  • Tibet Autonomous Region Chairman Losang Gyaltsen visits Nepal, stressing Chinese concerns on Tibet

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Tibet Update (10-24-14)

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Canada for teachings and conferences
  • ICT report: Popular religious teacher Khenpo Kartse sentenced
  • China’s crackdown slows Tibetan refugee crossings to freedom in India
  • Compelling film on strategic significance of Tibet wins International Campaign for Tibet ‘Snow Lion’ journalist award

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Tibet Update (10-17-14)

  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman repeats conditions for the Dalai Lama’s visit to China
  • Tibetans gather to pray for imprisoned Tibetan religious teacher
  • ICT: Increased militarization of the plateau as new aggressive “counter-terrorism” campaign expands from Xinjiang to Tibet
  • CECC Report says increase in harsh security and punitive measures in Tibet

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Tibet Update (10-10-14)

  • Harrowing images reach Tibetans in exile after self-immolation in Golog
  • Tibetan held incommunicado following solitary protest
  • Imprisoned Tibetan writer released after completing his sentence
  • ICT Obituary: Irmtraut Wäger, “Mother” to many Tibetan refugees
  • Confucius Institutes, long suspected of propagating Chinese censorship on Tibet and other subjects, face growing backlash
  • Human Rights and Freedom Defenders Prize awarded to Congressman Frank Wolf

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Tibet Update (10-03-14)

  • South Africa Nobel Laureate summit cancelled; Cape Town mayor “greatly disappointed” with government following Dalai Lama visa fiasco
  • New conditions for Village Committees candidates exclude Tibetans who ‘secretly’ hold sympathy for the “Dalai Clique”
  • Two huge protests against mining operations in Tibet, one ending in violence
  • ICT: China at a crossroad on Hong Kong political crisis

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September 2014

Tibet Update (9-26-14)

  • Tibetan student sets fire to himself outside government office in Northeastern Tibet
  • Blog on Dalai Lama-China talks posted in PRC prompts speculation
  • Four Nobel Laureates cancel planned participation in South Africa summit in solidarity with the Dalai Lama
  • RFA: Drunken Chinese police detain, torture Tibetan festival-goers
  • ICT: China breaches the rule of law by sentencing Ilham Tohti

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Tibet Update (9-12-14)

  • South African government denies the Dalai Lama a visa, undermining the legacy of Nelson Mandela
  • ICT asks UN Human Rights Council to look into 41 individuals feared disappeared in Tibet
  • Outspoken monk Labrang Jigme jailed for five years
  • Freedom House annual report describes repressive atmosphere in Tibet
  • “Tibet in Sichuan” photo-essay explores Kardze region

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Tibet Update (9-05-14)

  • ICT highlights extra-legal detentions in Tibet on U.N. International Day of Enforced Disappearances
  • Tibetan blogger detained for political writings; monk given secret 9-year sentence
  • Pangri-na Rinpoche, whereabouts unknown for years, found in poor condition in Chinese prison
  • Thoughts on ethnic autonomy from a Tibetan in Tibet

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August 2014

Tibet Update (8-29-14)

  • Dalai Lama in Hamburg: “Our struggle is the struggle between the power of the gun and the power of truth.”
  • ICT report: Chinese Party official promotes inter-racial marriages in Tibet to create ‘unity’
  • Leaked Chinese documents corroborate the use of deadly force against Tibetan demonstrators in 2008
  • Heavy-handed security established in Lhasa during summer religious festivals
  • Tibetan monk Damchoe Tsultrim released after two and a half years in prison

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Tibet Update (8-22-14)

  • Five Tibetans with wounds after shooting denied medical treatment: deployment of military leads to mass detentions in village in Kham
  • Foreign dignitaries endorse CCP Tibet policy and attacks on Dalai Lama at Lhasa conference Foreign dignitaries endorse CCP Tibet policy and attacks on Dalai Lama at Lhasa conference
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences: Climate change threatens Tibet
  • “Myths of Social Cohesion” in China
  • Rowell Fund for Tibet to receive applications for 2014-2015 Grant Cycle

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Tibet Update (8-15-14)

  • Ten Tibetans injured after police open fire in Kardze, Tibet
  • Tibetan environmentalist Rinchen Samdrup released from Chinese prison
  • ICT: China’s human rights abusers should be barred from the United States
  • New Chinese exhibition in Lhasa attempts to rewrite history on Dalai Lama
  • Report: 40 Tibetans detained in Darlag county
  • Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy: Anti-corruption crackdown in Tibet must focus on human rights abuses
  • Observations from Amdo: Trip report from a traveler in Eastern Tibet
  • “The Athlete”

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Tibet Update (8-01-14)

  • ICT report: New wave of repression in Tibet following quasi-legal response to self-immolations
  • Tibetans openly display images of the Dalai Lama during horse-racing festival
  • Harsh new regulations announced in restive Driru
  • Practice of “life liberation” grows across the Tibetan plateau
  • ICT interviews Golog Jigme after his daring escape from Tibet

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July 2014

Tibet Update (7-28-14)

  • Chinese rail extension to Shigatse nears completion while China security chief vows a “harsh crackdown” in Tibet
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama returns to Dharamsala after concluding Kalachakra initiation in Ladakh, India
  • Chinese propaganda accounts on Twitter closed
  • ICT hosts discussion with Chinese writers and democracy activists

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Tibet Update (7-18-14)

  • Tibetans seriously injured after violent attack by police at checkpoint in Dzoege
  • More details reveal how Tibetans celebrated the Dalai Lama’s birthday inside Tibet
  • Senior Tibetan monk, an accomplished Buddhist scholar, arrested in Driru
  • Tibetan monk arrested after solitary protest in Serthar
  • ICT releases report on Chinese policy and the birthplaces of the Dalai Lamas

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Tibet Update (7-14-14)

  • Secretary Kerry raises Tibet in Beijing
  • Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong put under house arrest; American Tibetologist denied entry to China
  • Tibetans celebrate Dalai Lama’s birthday
  • Arrests and beatings continue in anti-mining protests
  • Dalai Lama delivers Kalachakra teachings in Ladakh, India
  • UN Special Rapporteurs express concern over China’s detention of Tibetan singers and musicians

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Tibet Update (7-03-14)

  • New information about imprisoned Tibetan abbot raises fears for his well-being
  • Two more Tibetan political prisoners released after fulfilling their sentences
  • Dalai Lama arrives in Ladakh ahead of Kalachakra teachings
  • Prominent Sinologists Debate Confucius Institutes on ChinaFile

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June 2014

Tibet Update (6-23-14)

  • Four Tibetan political prisoners released after fulfilling their sentences in Amdo and Kham
  • Chinese authorities announce opening of police stations in Tibetan monasteries, escalation of surveillance over monks
  • Tibetans held for opposing Chinese mining operations in Chabcha
  • International journalists in China report deteriorating conditions

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Tibet Update (6-13-14)

  • Thousands gather for Buddhist teachings in Tibet
  • China tightens control, prevents pilgrimage, before major Dalai Lama teaching in exile
  • Tibet hearing in Italian Parliament and ICT advocacy during Dalai Lama visit
  • Bipartisan legislation introduced seeking to promote American access to Tibet
  • Spanish Parliamentarians make formal appeal against ‘unconstitutional’ change in law following Tibet lawsuits

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May 2014

Tibet Update (5-23-14)

  • Golog Jigme escapes Tibet, arrives in India
  • Jyekundo reconstruction: “The tragedy of the earthquake became an opportunity for the powerful and the greedy”
  • European Parliament candidates join ICT’s “2014 for Tibet” campaign
  • China sharply questioned on its treatment of Tibetan nomads by UN committee

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Tibet Update (5-16-14)

  • Chinese mining projects spark Tibetan protests in Chamdo
  • Chinese propaganda official promises to “seal and stifle” the internet in the Tibet Autonomous Region
  • Preemptive Tiananmen anniversary crackdown deepens
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to the Netherlands co-organized by ICT Europe

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Tibet Update (5-9-14)

  • Political prisoner Lobsang Donyoe released
  • Xi Jinping calls on Chinese students to move to “Western China” after graduating
  • Chinese rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang detained
  • Dalai Lama welcomed by thousands of supporters in Oslo

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Tibet Update (5-2-14)

  • Two Tibetans stage bold solitary protests
  • Religious teacher and fellow monks detained over prayers for the Dalai Lama
  • Jigme Gyatso of Leaving Fear Behind honored by Reporters Without Borders
  • Norwegians rally to welcome the Dalai Lama after Norwegian prime minister declines to meet with His Holiness
  • “The Monastery Cook”

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April 2014

Tibet Update (4-25-14)

  • Self-Immolation in Tawu
  • Tenzin Delek Rinpoche marks 12 years in prison
  • 25th anniversary of the passing of Hu Yaobang
  • Chinese officials cancel human rights dialogue with Britain

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March 2014

Tibet Update (3-19-14)

  • Health of detained Tibetan abbot in danger
  • Authorities display overwhelming force around sensitive March period
  • Failed promises at the forefront of new book by long-serving Tibetan Party cadre

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Tibet Update (3-10-14)

  • New ICT report uses Chinese social media to show crackdown
  • Tibetans in exile commemorate 55th anniversary of Tibetan uprising
  • Dalai Lama returns to Washington
  • Spanish Socialist Party challenges parliamentary procedure to end Tibet cases
  • Restrictive atmosphere for Tibetans in Nepal
  • Tibetan New Year invites culinary exploration
  • ICT looks to train next generation of Tibetan leaders

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February 2014

Tibet Update (2-28-14)

  • Dalai Lama-Obama meeting: are the Chinese crying wolf?
  • Sarah Sewall assumes new role as U.S. Tibet Coordinator
  • State Department report details widespread human rights abuses in Tibet

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Tibet Update (2-21-14)

  • President Obama welcomes the Dalai Lama for third meeting
  • Tibetan self-immolator passes away in hospital
  • Collective punishment threatened in Tibetan county
  • Chinese official sharply criticizes Western countries over Tibet issue

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Tibet Update (2-14-14)

  • Tibetan self-immolations: 5 years on
  • Hundreds gather to protest detention of religious leader
  • Spanish parliament vote could signal end to Tibet cases
  • Dalai Lama: corruption is “a form of violence”

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Tibet Update (2-3-14)

  • Tibetans targeted for political “crimes”
  • Recent fires in Tibet spark concern for overdevelopment
  • Chinese New Year takes on martial theme in Tibetan area
  • Congress hears from next Ambassador to Beijing; approves Tibet funding

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January 2014

Tibet Update (1-9-14)

  • A Tibetan monk’s offering for Tibet’s future
  • Latest Tibetan targeted in collective punishment campaign
  • Fatal consequences result from unchecked power
  • Tibetans respond with non-violence after authorities target senior religious leader
  • Dalai Lama honors Tibetan non-violence in New Year’s message

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December 2013

Tibet Update (12-18-13)

  • New ICT president seeks to enhance Tibet issue in global capitals and societies
  • Tibetan father passes following self-immolation protest
  • Tibet’s state of play in London, Washington, Madrid, and Tokyo
  • Major media amplifies change needed in Tibet

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November 2013

Tibet Update (11-22-13)

  • Young Tibetan self-immolates; government official calls for information blackout
  • Tibetans detained after calling for release of political prisoners
  • Former Chinese leaders face arrest following Spanish court ruling
  • Sikyong meets US leaders in Washington
  • Tibet supporters rally around petition
  • Karmapa opens Himalayan environmental conference

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October 2013

Tibet Update (10-26-13)

  • China’s human rights failures highlighted at UN
  • Spanish court indicts former China leader over Tibet policies
  • UK denies changing Tibet stance to secure trade agreement
  • Widening security response follows crackdown in Tibet
  • Reports highlight tense security crackdown in Tibet
  • Chinese media reacts to Dalai Lama visit in U.S.

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Tibet Update (10-15-13)

  • Tibetan crowd fired upon in Tibet Autonomous Region
  • Troops deployed, crackdown follows civil disobedience by Tibetans
  • Tibetan man dies in first self-immolation in over two months
  • Chinese human rights defender raises concerns for Tibet
  • Witness to Tibetan history passes at age 90
  • Lithuanian President meets with Dalai Lama in Vilnius
  • EU Human Rights Representative visits Tibet
  • China set to go before UN Human Rights Council
  • China’s record scrutinized by UN child rights committee

July 2013

Tibet Update (07-16-13)


June 2013

Tibet Update (06-17-13)


May 2013

Tibet Update (05-13-13)


April 2013

Tibet Update (04-25-13)


March 2013

Tibet Update (03-25-13)


Tibet Update (03-05-13)


February 2013

Tibet Update (02-20-13)


January 2013

Tibet Update (01-24-13)


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