A young Tibetan, Tashi Wangchuk, who advocates for Tibetan language education has been detained and charged with “inciting separatism”, with no access to family and lawyer. He could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.
China is very aware of the strength of the movement for Tibet’s freedom. Inside Tibet, it uses repression and violence against that movement. Outside China, it uses propaganda. These are the six key arguments in the Tibet sovereignty debate, which China relies on to justify its continued occupation of Tibet.
To ensure the success of Myanmar’s historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy, writes Priscilla A. Clapp in a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations‘ Center for Preventive Action. When the Aung San Suu Kyi–led National League for Democracy assumes power in Myanmar next week, the party will inherit the long-standing problems that developed in the country’s half-century of military dictatorship. U.S. support for a successful transition will help strengthen the newly elected government and prevent a return to martial law.
A senior committee of the UK Parliament has used evidence submitted by Free Tibet to challenge the UK government over its approach to working with human rights organisations. In response to our concern that meetings with NGOs about human rights may sometimes be a “box-ticking or PR exercise”, Baroness Anelay, the minister responsible for human rights, told the prestigious Foreign Affairs Committee that our complaint may have arisen out of disappointment over the UK’s position on Tibet.
DHARAMSHALA: Tibetan political leader Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay who is currently in the US for a series of speaking engagements, visited Birmingham city from 15-17 February. Birmingham, a city in the US state of Alabama, shares symbolic resonance with the Tibetan struggle, as it was the center of the non-violent civil rights movement for African Americans in the 1960’s. Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the city in 2014.
“A Few Things Tibet Doesn’t Need” By Dungkar Yonten Gyatso. First, no need for Tulkus who aren’t helpful to the monastery and the community: For example, those who often break monastic vows and lack spiritual erudition, and especially those with the name of a reincarnate Lama who are not working for the benefit of Buddha Dharma and sentient beings, are detrimental and destructive to Tibetan Buddhism and the economy. This should be understood by the people, and by avoiding blind faith, bias, greed, and selfishness; people should discard the filth and extract the essence.
The world was battered by crises that fueled xenophobic sentiment in democratic countries, undermined the economies of states dependent on the sale of natural resources, and led authoritarian regimes to crack down harder on dissent. These developments contributed to the 10th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The number of countries showing a decline in freedom for the year—72—was the largest since the 10-year slide began. Just 43 countries made gains. Over the past 10 years, 105 countries have seen a net decline, and only 61 have experienced a net improvement. Ratings for the Middle East and North Africa region were the worst in the world in 2015, followed closely by Eurasia. Over the last decade, the most significant global reversals have been in freedom of expression and the rule of law.
Chinese authorities in Drakgo County, Kham region of eastern Tibet (Ch: Tongren County, Qinghai province, northwest China) have issued a two-page notice related to photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. People who failed to comply by February 2 were undermining the law. Tibetan shopkeepers in Drakgo County, eastern Tibet (Ch: Luhuo County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture) have been ordered by Chinese authorities to hand over all photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. „Anyone violating these directives will be severely punished according to the law,“ Ngawang Chenrab told the Tibet Post International, citing local sources.
Freedom House, in their annual ‘Freedom in the World’ report, has placed Tibet as the second worst place in the world for political rights and civil liberties. Preceded only by the war-torn Syria with minus 1 Tibet under the occupation of China has been given 1 on a scale of 100 which represents the best. The US-based human rights and democracy organization gave 7 out 7 to Tibet in political rights and civil liberties with 1 being the most free and 7 the least. According to the organization, the global freedom index declined for the 10th consecutive year in 2015, as economic pressures and fear of unrest led authoritarians to crack down on dissent, while migration and terrorism fueled xenophobia in democracies.
Chinese authorities have indefinitely extended an intensive surveillance program in villages across the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) that was due to end in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. There are indications that the “village-based cadre teams” (zhucun gongzuodui) scheme, which is unprecedented in China, will become permanent. In the TAR, where the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, religion and privacy are already highly restricted, the extension of this scheme signals authorities’ intention to suppress any signs of dissent or criticism among Tibetans. Since their deployment in 2011, the teams have carried out intrusive surveillance of Tibetans in villages, including questioning them about their political and religious views, subjecting thousands to political indoctrination, establishing partisan security units to monitor behavior, and collecting information that could lead to detention or other punishment. Official reports describe the teams pressuring villagers to publicly show support for the ruling Communist Party and to oppose the Dalai Lama.