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On account of Facebook’s deletion of information more than 20,000 people signed a petition

February 12, 2015

(Translated from Radio Free Asia’s Tibetan Service program, Woeser’s Forum, broadcast on February 7, 2015)

On account of the deletion of information from my Facebook account, the International Campaign for Tibet, based in the United States capital of Washington, D.C. launched a petition campaign to protest it. This showed that the issue of Facebook’s deletion of information is not insignificant or violent or bloody.

On the contrary, it is a video footage and related report on 23 year old Tibetan monk, Kalsang Yeshi, who lost his life after committing self-immolation in front of a police station on December 23. Therefore, the International Campaign for Tibet on January 5 launched an online petition campaign not only wanting explanation from Facebook for the deletion of the information, but also for the respect of freedom of expression.

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Nonprofit International Campaign for Tibet will deliver a petition to Facebook headquarters demanding the company not censor images of Tibetan monks’ self-immolation

January 27, 2015

MENLO PARK, CA — Nonprofit International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) will deliver a Care2 petition to Facebook on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. at its Menlo Park, CA headquarters. The petition takes Facebook to task for deleting a post of a Buddhist monk’s self-immolation in Tibet, and asks Facebook not to censor this type of content in the future. The petition has more than 20,200 signatures.

VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: http://www.care2.com/go/z/TibetFB

In late December 2014, prominent Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser posted a video of a Buddhist monk’s self-immolation in Tibet to Facebook. It was deleted shortly after because it allegedly violated the social media giant’s community standards. When Woeser reposted the information from another user’s account, Facebook did not delete it. ICT hopes Facebook will make a commitment not to censor this type of content in the future.

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International Campaign for Tibet calls Facebook to account after CEO Zuckerberg hosts visit of Chinese internet censorship chief

January 5, 2015

The International Campaign for Tibet launched a petition on Care2 to Facebook today calling CEO Mark Zuckerberg to account after a video of a self-immolation in Tibet posted by a prominent Tibetan writer was deleted. In another disturbing example last week, the Facebook account of a well-known Chinese writer in exile was blocked after he posted a photograph of a nude protestor.

On December 26, Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser used her Facebook page to post a report and video of a Buddhist monk’s self-immolation in Tibet, Kalsang Yeshi. Within hours, Facebook deleted the post because it allegedly violated the social media giant’s “community standards.” Four days later, Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer who has been based in Berlin for the last four years, was locked out of his Facebook account, after posting photographs of a nude or mostly-nude protester.

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New information about imprisoned Tibetan abbot raises fears

June 26, 2014

This report is an updated version of the report that was posted on June 24.

There is serious concern for the welfare of a respected and popular Tibetan lama, Khenpo (Abbot) Karma Tsewang, who remains in prison six months on from his detention without access to relatives, or doctor, and only intermittent access to his lawyer. Karma Tsewang, also known as Khenpo Kartse, is seriously ill with a liver condition according to Tibetan sources, and there are fears that he faces serious criminal charges.

Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser, who is based in Beijing, gave new information about possible charges against the Tibetan monk in a blog published on the six-month anniversary of Khenpo Kartse’s detention. She reported that his Chinese lawyer was told that charges against the Khenpo have changed from those of ‘endangering national security’ to ‘illegal harboring’ and ‘divulging state secrets’, connected to a self-immolation. When his lawyer, who was allowed only brief access to Khenpo Kartse, raised concerns about his health he was told that “because this was a major case involving stability maintenance they would not allow him to be released, and instead would continue to hold him in detention”, according to Woeser. The specific charges against him may not be clear if the case continues to be handled in secret.

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The passing of ‘Phodo Kusho’

September 24, 2013

Robert Ford, who was serving the Tibetan Government when Communist Chinese forces began their invasion, has died in London on September 20, 2013 at the age of 90.

Robert Ford was working as a radio officer in Kham for the government of Tibet in the 1940s, in charge of setting up Tibet’s first broadcasting station and training Tibetan radio operators. He was captured by advancing PLA troops in 1950 after an earthquake cut off a planned escape route. During nearly five years of imprisonment, Ford was subjected to interrogation and ‘thought reform’ and was in constant fear of execution. He spent four years in jail before the Chinese allowed him to write a letter home to his mother telling her he was alive. After being sentenced in 1954 to a 10-year term for “espionage,” he was released in 1955 and expelled.

Robert Ford received ICT’s Light of Truth award from the Dalai Lama in April 2013 in acknowledgment of his tireless advocacy on behalf of Tibet for more than half a century. Mr. Ford said: “I am a member of a rather exclusive club of Westerners who have the privilege and good fortune to see, know and witness a free Tibet before 1950. I spent some of the happiest days of my life in Tibet. The Tibet that I found when I first went there in 1945 was vastly different to the Tibet of today. It was an independent country with its own government, its own language, culture, customs and way of life. … To me as an outsider, the most remarkable feature of Tibetans was their devotion to their religion and their unswerving support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Another striking feature was their remarkable self-reliance both in the material and the spiritual sense. Tibet valued its self-imposed isolation and independence. Its simple wish was to be left alone to run its own affairs in the way that it thought best.” (View footage of the full speech »)

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Woeser presented with U.S.’s Woman of Courage Award

On May 19, 2013, Tibetan author and blogger Tsering Woeser was presented with the U.S.government’s International Women of Courage Award. She was originally awarded the honor on March 8, 2013, by First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry at a ceremony in Washington, DC, but was unable to attend due to Chinese […]

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Women of Courage Award to Tsering Woeser affirms US commitment to Tibet

WASHINGTON, DC, March 8: In a formal ceremony in the US State Department today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry presented the 2013 International Women of Courage Award in absentia to Tsering Woeser, the Tibetan writer, blogger and activist. Tencho Gyatso, representing the International Campaign for Tibet at the award ceremony, […]

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Women of Courage Award to Tsering Woeser affirms US commitment to Tibet

In a formal ceremony in the US State Department today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry presented the 2013 International Women of Courage Award in absentia to Tsering Woeser, the Tibetan writer, blogger and activist. Tencho Gyatso, representing the International Campaign for Tibet at the award ceremony, said, “This award is […]

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The United States recognizes Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser with prestigious International Women of Courage Award

The U.S. State Department announced today that Tibetan writer and blogger Tsering Woeser is a winner of the 2013 International Women of Courage Award. Presenting this year’s award at the March 8 ceremony will be Secretary of State John Kerry and special guest First Lady Michelle Obama. The International Women of Courage Award recognizes women […]

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Discussions in the Vast Space Between “Should and Should Not” By Woeser

“High Peaks Pure Earth” provides commentary on Tibet and translations from Tibetan and Chinese writings posted from Tibet and China. Below is a recent posting between Chinese writer and scholar Wang Lixiong and an unnamed Tibetan currently living outside Tibet. Their dialogue concerns the self-immolations in Tibet and concludes in part that considerations around whether […]

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The Moat and Apartheid

Tsering Woeser is a Tibetan poet, essayist and journalist based in Beijing. With a degree in Chinese literature, she reported from the Kardze region of Tibet and later from Lhasa. In 2003, she relocated to Beijing. According to Reporters sans frontières, she is one of the only Tibetan writers to write almost entirely in the […]

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Tibetan writer Woeser receives Prince Claus Award for outstanding cultural achievement and influence

Amsetrdam, 5 September: The well-known essayist and blogger Woeser, who lives in Beijing, has been awarded a Prince Claus Award by the Netherlands-based Prince Claus Fund for her outstanding achievements in the field of culture. The Prince Claus Awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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Tibetan writer is signatory to protest letter about political prisoners

The Tibetan writer Woeser and her Chinese husband Wang Lixiong were among more than 100 signatories to a letter signed by writers, activists, and lawyers and published yesterday urging the government to release the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and other political prisoners. (The Washington Post, Letter: On Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace […]

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Tibetans “in mourning” as Chinese New Year begins

Tibetans in different areas of Tibet marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year yesterday (January 26) by ‘mourning’ and in somber reflection on the crackdown following the protests that swept across Tibet last year, according to sources in Tibet.

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Special Meeting in Dharamsala comes to a close and perspectives from inside Tibet

The Special Meeting to debate ways forward for Tibet concludes November 22 in Dharamsala, India with a final plenary session to be addressed by the Tibetan Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) Samdhong Rinpoche and the Speaker of the Parliament. The Dalai Lama will address delegates and the press on the morning of November 23. Views from […]

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A way forward: perspectives from inside Tibet

Dharmasala, November 17. This morning, Tibetan government ministers, parliamentarians, activists, representatives of Tibetan non-governmental and community organizations and independent intellectuals met in Dharamsala, India, in the opening session of a Special Meeting convened by the Dalai Lama to discuss Tibet’s future. It is a historic juncture for the Tibetan people at a moment of crisis […]

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New poems published in English by Tibet’s ‘voice’, Woeser

A new collection of poems, ‘Tibet’s True Heart’, by Tibet’s most well-known writer and commentator, Woeser, is now available in English. The poems are published at the time of the worst crackdown in Tibet for 50 years, when hundreds of Tibetans have ‘disappeared’ or been silenced following a wave of protests against Chinese rule that […]

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Tibetan writer Woeser to contribute programs for Radio Free Asia

Tibetan writer Woeser, whose books have been banned in China and Tibet and whose blogs have been closed by the Chinese Government, is using the medium of radio to convey her thoughts. According to an announcement on Radio Free Asia’s website, starting from January 6, 2007, its Tibetan service will carry a new program called […]

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