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Powerful video footage, images of armed crackdown in 2008 across Tibet; Eyewitness account of militarization of Lhasa today

The Tibetan government in exile based in Dharamsala, India, has released powerful footage shot in a village outside Lhasa of Tibetan homes being raided and laypeople being detained in a major police and special forces operation in 2008. The footage, which has been subtitled into English (an ICT transcript is below) can be viewed at: […]

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Tibetan sentenced to death after March 14, 2008 protests; other Tibetans sentenced for protecting him

A Tibetan from Kham, Sonam Tsering, who was featured prominently in Chinese official footage of the March 14, 2008 riots in Lhasa brandishing a knife, has been sentenced to death, suspended for two years. Five other Tibetans were sentenced to terms ranging from three to seven years for attempting to shelter him, according to a […]

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A Raging Storm

A ‘Raging Storm’: The Crackdown on Tibetan Writers and Artists after Tibet’s Spring 2008 Protests

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT » The detention of the influential Tibetan writer Shogdung from his office in Xining on April 23 signals a deepening crackdown on Tibetan writers, artists and educators since protests against the Chinese state began in March, 2008. Shogdung (‘Morning Conch’), is the pen name of Tragyal, the most high-profile of some 31 […]

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A Raging Storm

A ‘Raging Storm’

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT » There has been a vibrant literary and cultural resurgence in Tibet since Spring 2008 when protests against government policy and in support of the Dalai Lama swept across the plateau. Writers, using print and the internet, who are often fluent in Chinese as well as Tibetan, in Xining and other areas […]

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Chamdo prefecture

Determination to resist repression continues in ‘combat-ready’ Chamdo, frontline of ‘patriotic education’

New reports indicate a continued determination among Tibetans in Jomda (Chinese: Jiangda) county in eastern Chamdo (Chinese: Changdu) prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region, to resist repressive measures imposed after protests that began in March 2008. This is despite a dramatic tightening of security in the area and the imposition of ‘emergency’ measures by the […]

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Official confirmation of execution of Tibetans in Lhasa

Two Tibetans were executed in Lhasa for their alleged roles in the protests and rioting in Lhasa on March 14, 2008, according to reports by Tibetan exile organizations confirmed by the Chinese embassy in London on Friday (October 23). Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak were sentenced to death in April 2009 on charges relating to “starting […]

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Bold report by Beijing scholars reveals breakdown of China’s Tibet policy

Report reflects demands for greater state and Party accountability A bold and remarkable new report by a group of Chinese scholars in Beijing challenges the official position that the Dalai Lama “incited” the protests that broke out in Tibet in March 2008, and outlines key failings in the policy of the government of the People’s […]

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Deaths of two Tibetans after torture

Over the past year, since protests broke out on March 10, 2008, the Chinese government has sought to block all information reaching the outside world on the torture, disappearances and killings that have taken place across Tibet. A full accounting of Tibetans who died in protests since March 2008 is not yet possible as a […]

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Fifth Tibetan sentenced to death

A fifth Tibetan has been sentenced to death on charges relating to arson on March 14 in Lhasa, according to a report in the official press on April 21. A report in English on China Daily online named the Tibetan sentenced to death with a two year reprieve as Penkyi of Sakya county in Shigatse. […]

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Senator Obama condemns China’s use of force on Tibetans

Senator Barack Obama has condemned the use of violence by China to put down peaceful protests in Tibet and called on the Chinese Government to respect the human rights of the Tibetans and to account for the detained demonstrators. In a statement on March 14, 2008, Obama said these protests “demonstrate the continuing frustration of […]

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Tibet at a Turning Point

Tibet at a Turning Point

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT » Since March 10, a tidal wave of mainly peaceful protests against the Chinese government has swept across Tibet. Tibetans have risked their lives to demonstrate that their exiled leader the Dalai Lama represents their interests, and not the Chinese state. This uprising is a result of more than half a century […]

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Tibet at a Turning Point

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 […]

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No progress in dialogue as crisis in Tibet deepens

World leaders gathering for the annual meeting of the Group of Eight industrial nations on the Japanese island of Hokkaido on Monday must raise Tibet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, given the disappointing results of the seventh round of dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s envoys in Beijing last week and the ongoing crackdown in Tibet. […]

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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 […]

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US Senators have expressed concern to Secretary Rice about China’s detention of protestors and media black out in Tibet

US Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR), John Kerry (D-MA), and Russell Feingold (D-WI) have written to Secretary Condoleezza Rice expressing their concern over China’s recent detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors and the media black out in Tibet. In particular, the letter cited the case of Ms. Jamyang Kyi, a popular Tibetan singer and TV announcer […]

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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 […]

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Military camp in Lhasa, April 2008.

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 […]

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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 […]

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