Tibet Weekly Updates

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

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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