October 17, 2017 | Events
Book Event: Highpointing for Tibet
October 17, 2017 | Press Release, Spotlight
ICT Statement on 10th Anniversary of Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama
October 17, 2017 | ICT Reports, Spotlight
New developments in China’s Tibet policy as Communist Party’s 19th Congress begins
October 5, 2017 | ICT Reports, Spotlight
New US report highlights China’s repressive policies in Tibet
- Revised Chinese government regulations on religion consolidate far-reaching powers of the Communist Party state over people’s lives and beliefs, and are a further threat to the continued survival of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.
- The revised rules on religious activity, issued by the Chinese State Council on September 7, 2017, conflate peaceful religious practice with ‘threats’ to China’s security, creating a more dangerous political environment for monks, nuns, and lay Buddhists, isolating them further from their counterparts outside China.
- According to a newly revised provision of the regulation – and in an apparent attempt to use religion to achieve political goals of the Communist Party – religious groups are now bound to practice “core socialist values.”
- The Chinese state media also announced a focus on the ‘Sinicization’ of religion, stating: “The direction of religions is to integrate them with Chinese culture” (Global Times, September 7, 2017). The Buddhist community is one of the main targets of ‘Sinicization’ of religion, which represents a more far-reaching effort to mould and shape Tibetan Buddhism to the diktats of the Chinese Communist Party in line with a more entrenched regulatory framework that has already deepened religious oppression over the last decade.
› China tightens restrictions in Tibet ahead of Dalai Lama teaching
› Two young Tibetan women stage peaceful demonstration with Dalai Lama image in Ngaba
› Chinese authorities expel elderly monks and nuns from Larung Gar monastery
› Nyima Lhamo, niece of late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, testifies before the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights
CHINESE LANGUAGE NEWS
› China Needs H.H. the Dalai Lama by Chen Pokong
› H.H. the Dalai Lama sends New Year greet to all people around the world while teaching in South India
› Four Tibetan farmers in Dzamthang County, Ngaba Prefecture are beaten by police for refusing to sell their farming fields to local police
› Topgyal, a 23 year old Tibetan youth arrested by Chinese authorities in Lhasa
› The 27th meeting of the Tibetan Task Force on Negotiations was held in Dharamsala from January 5 to 6, 2015