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Dalai Lama meets former President Barack Obama in New Delhi

December 1, 2017

The Dalai Lama made a special trip from Dharamsala to the Indian capital New Delhi on December 1, 2017 to meet with former US President Barack Obama, who was on a visit to India.

Kasur Tempa Tsering, who is the India and East Asia Coordinator for Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (and a member of ICT’s Board of Directors), told DIIR media that “His Holiness was very happy to meet his fellow Nobel laureate and also a friend”.

He added, “During the 45-minute meeting, both spoke about promoting compassion and altruism in human beings. His Holiness remarked that basically human beings are compassionate in nature but it is the kind of education imparted that makes the binary between you and me and instils a sense of selfishness and self-centeredness. Both the peace laureates discussed the kind of future they envision for the world.”

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First Tibetan self-immolation in Dharamsala

July 31, 2017

A charred body was found near the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharamsala on Saturday (July 29), with one eyewitness reporting seeing a man in flames near the pilgrimage route. It is the first self-immolation in Dharamsala, India, base of the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.

The man has been identified as Dhondup (also known as Passang Dhondup) a wood painter at Norbulingka Institute, near Dharamsala. The 49-year old man was born in Gyantse (Chinese: Jiangzi) in Tibet and had arrived in India in 1991 and had been working in Norbulingka institute from 2012, according to Tibetan media.

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Tibetan student in India self-immolates

July 14, 2017

A young Tibetan student in India set himself on fire today in the compound of his university in Varanasi, shouting ‘Victory for Tibet’.

Tenzin Choeying, aged around 20, survived but was badly burnt and is now in hospital, according to Tibetans and other eyewitnesses in Varanasi.

Tenzin Choeying doused himself with kerosene and set fire to himself at around 9 am in the entrance of a residential hall at the Central University for Tibetan Studies today, according to eyewitnesses.

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Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressional Delegation Hold Press Conference on Visit to Tibetan Communities in India & Nepal

May 16, 2017

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the bipartisan Congressional Delegation to India and Nepal held a press conference on May 16, 2017 to discuss their support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and America’s continuing commitment to ensuring the protection of Tibetan religion, culture, language, and human rights. Click ‘Continue Reading’ to see a recording of the press conference by Radio Free Asia:

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Leader Nancy Pelosi Remarks at Public Ceremony Hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Honor of Bipartisan Delegation Visit

May 10, 2017

Dharamsala, India – U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks at a ceremony hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglagkhang Temple in honor of the visit by a bipartisan Congressional delegation.

“What we see here today in support of the Tibetan people – we have said, as we stayed here – we have said to the top leadership of the Chinese Government. We recognize that China weighs heavily on any country, any corporation, any person – Richard Gere can attest to that – who speaks out for the Tibetan people. China uses its economic leverage to silence the voices of friends of Tibet. But if we do not speak out against oppression in Tibet because of China’s economic power, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere else in the world.

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Leader Nancy Pelosi Leads Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Dharamsala

Part of trip to Asia & Europe focusing on national security, global economy, bilateral and multilateral relations, and human rights

May 5, 2017

A bipartisan Congressional delegation led by Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is visiting Dharamsala in India on May 9 and 10 to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration, and representatives of Tibetan civil society.

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Tibetan pilgrims compelled to return from Dalai Lama teaching in Bodh Gaya, India; China calls the teaching ‘illegal’

January 9, 2017

ICT is at the Kalachakra in Bodh Gaya and will provide further updates this week

Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims have been compelled by the Chinese authorities to return to Tibet after travelling to India to attend a major teaching by the Dalai Lama that is underway in Bodh Gaya, a sacred Buddhist site, India, this week. This follows systematic measures in Tibet to prevent them travelling out of the country at all, even though many had spent years obtaining passports for legal travel.

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16-year old self-immolator dies in hospital in India

March 4, 2016

A 16-year old Tibetan schoolboy, Dorjee Tsering, has died after setting himself on fire on Monday in India. In Tibet on the same day, according to Radio Free Asia, an 18-year old monk, Kalsang Wangdu, set himself on fire and died.

Dorjee Tsering, who lived on a Tibetan settlement in northern India, set himself on fire in Dehra Dun on February 29 after visiting his grandfather. According to some witnesses, he called out ‘Free Tibet’ as he set himself alight. While he survived the protest, he suffered 95% burns to his body and was taken to a hospital in Delhi where he died on March 3.

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ICT delegation concludes “productive and hopeful” meetings with Dalai Lama, democratically elected leadership in exile and Tibet support groups

February 15, 2014

Dharamsala, India – International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) President Matteo Mecacci, a member of ICT’s U.S. Board of Directors, and ICT Europe Executive Director Tsering Jampa have wrapped up a series of meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the democratically elected Tibetan leadership in exile, and Tibet support groups based in Dharamsala and in Delhi. The meetings were the first for Mecacci in his official capacity as ICT President.

Topics discussed included the situation in Tibet, the rising international concerns regarding China’s policies both in Tibet and internationally, the strengthening of cooperation between ICT, the democratically elected Tibetan leadership in exile and Tibet Support Groups, and strategies to bring the issue of Tibet at the center of the international discussion on the relations between democratic countries and China as a key to help the people of Tibet realize their aspirations. All participants – including Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Penpa Tsering and Members of its Standing Committee, political leader Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the Department of Information and International Relations, Kalon Dolma Gyari of the Home Department and Kalon Dongchung Ngodup of the Security Department– reiterated their appreciation for the work done by ICT over 25 years thanks to the commitment of ICT members and supporters throughout the U.S., Europe and worldwide, and warmly welcomed Mecacci as the new leader of the organization and as a longtime friend, experienced politician and advocate for the Tibetan people.

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US Senate Committee recommends 5,000 visas for displaced Tibetans; measure faces long process in House and Senate before enactment

The Senate Judiciary Committee has adopted a measure to provide immigration visas to 5,000 displaced Tibetans residing in India and Nepal. The amendment, offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), was passed by voice vote and incorporated into the immigration reform legislation being crafted by the Committee. “The Feinstein amendment serves American domestic, humanitarian and foreign […]

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Tibetan self-immolations and their impact expand

31st Tibetan self-immolation is reported in eastern Tibet Tibetan who self-immolated in New Delhi, India on March 26 dies in hospital Indian police ‘preventive detention’ of local Tibetans continues in Delhi A 20-year old Tibetan monk called Sherab set fire to himself and died yesterday (March 28) in Cha township, Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) in eastern […]

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Lockdown in Lhasa at Tibetan New Year; unprecedented detentions of hundreds of Tibetans after Dalai Lama teaching in exile

There is an intensified climate of fear in Lhasa on the eve of Tibetan New Year (Losar) and in the buildup to March 10, the anniversary of the 1959 Tibet Uprising and the start of protests that swept across the plateau in 2008. In an indication that a deepening crackdown and anti-Dalai Lama campaign has […]

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Kirti monks in exile embarked upon a journey to Delhi

Crackdown continues at Kirti as Chinese authorities maintain pretence of ‘normality’

The crackdown at Kirti monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), Sichuan, continues today in the aftermath of the deaths of two Tibetans in their sixties attempting to prevent monks from being taken away by troops from the monastery. (ICT report, Two elderly Tibetans killed as hundreds of monks detained from Kirti; crackdown deepens). The Chinese state […]

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US Ambassador Roemer inaugurates Tibetan Refugee Center in Dharamsala

US Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, today inaugurated a new Tibetan Refugee Reception Center in Dharamsala, India, funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement between the State Department and the Tibet Fund, a U.S.-based non-government organization that works to preserve the Tibetan identity in exile. Ambassador Roemer, accompanied by Mrs. Roemer, was welcomed at […]

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Maria Otero

US Tibet Coordinator visits Tibetan settlement in south India

Under Secretary of State Maria Otero, who serves concurrently as U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, visited the Tibetan refugee settlement in Bylakuppe in the southern Indian state of Karnataka on February 8 and 9, 2011. Her visit to the largest Tibetan settlement in India is the first by a Tibet Coordinator, the top U.S. […]

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NGOs seek China’s accountability over Tibet crackdown at UN meeting

International NGOs, including the Human Rights Watch today spoke before the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council, demanding China to “release accurate information about those killed and injured by security forces and hold accountable, in a manner consistent with international human rights law, those responsible for using excessive use of force against unarmed […]

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Parliamentarians worldwide address G20 on Tibet

Amsterdam, 23 June – The newly-established International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) today called upon the G20 leaders to take a proactive role in achieving a negotiated solution to the crisis in Tibet through dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama’s envoys. In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on […]

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President Obama sends delegation to meet Dalai Lama in Dharamsala

The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama today confirmed that discussions between the Dalai Lama and a senior US Government delegation took place in Dharamsala on September 13 and 14. The delegation was led by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, and included Maria Otero, […]

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