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Free imprisoned blogger Shokjang, civil society groups tell Chinese authorities

Donnerstag, 7. April 2016 | Kategorie(n): Internationale Solidarität, News Allgemein

An open letter of civilsociety groups to the president of Chine inorder to free the imprisoned blogger Shokjang



MoU Signed Between CTA’s Health Department and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India

Dienstag, 5. April 2016 | Kategorie(n): Demographie, News Allgemein

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING signed between Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the Tibetan Voluntary Health Association (TVHA) for TB prevention and control project in Tibetan refugee community in India with a grant for two and a half years. The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (here in after referred to as Global Fund) has agreed to fund the Central TB Division, MOH&FW for “Providing Universal Access to TB/DR TB Control Services and Strengthening Civil Society in TB Care and Control “under grant agreement (Grant number– IDA-T-CTD) from 1st Oct 2015 to 31st December 2017. This Memorandum of Understanding (here in after referred to as “MoU”), is entered into between the Central TB Division (CTD), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India with Office at Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi – 110801 (herein after referred to as “CTD”, or the first Party to the MoU”), and Tibetan Voluntary Health Association, (herein after referred to as “TVHA” or “the second party to the MoU”).



Popular Tibetan blogger asserts his innocence in letter from prison

Montag, 4. April 2016 | Kategorie(n): News Allgemein, Widerstand in Tibet

The popular Tibetan blogger and intellectual Druklo, more widely known by his pen name Shokjang, has written an eloquent and remarkable letter from detention appealing against his three-year prison sentence. The letter, which is translated in full below into English after it was circulated on Chinese social media, was handwritten in Tibetan and addressed to the Qinghai Higher People’s Court. There was widespread dismay when Shokjang was detained by security police on March 19, 2015, and sentenced to three years in prison, with numerous netizens expressing their sadness, and Shokjang’s innocence. An intellectual, blogger and writer, Shokjang is known for his reflective and thought-provoking articles on issues of contemporary concern such as ethnic policy and settlement of nomads.



Three Tibetans arrested after Tibetan election

Montag, 4. April 2016 | Kategorie(n): News Allgemein, Widerstand in Tibet

Three Tibetans were arrested last week in what locals believe were reprisals for their participation in discussions on Tibet’s recent elections. Two men, Samdup and Rongsher, and one woman, Lhadon, were arrested at around 10am on 30 March in Matoe County in Golog, eastern Tibet. Authorities did not give formal reasons for the arrests, but local Tibetans said that they were due to the three participating in a discussion related to the election in different WeChat groups with Tibetans in exile. The three are currently being held at the County’s People Court. Their family members have not been allowed to meet with them. […] Take action –
Communicating with the outside world is one of numerous crimes that can lead to Tibetans being arrested. Tibetans that are held in unkown locations while being interrogated or awaiting trial are at serious risk of torture. Tell China’s authorities to obey international law and stop torture in Tibet.



Jailed Tibetan health worker hospitalised again in a serious condition

Montag, 4. April 2016 | Kategorie(n): News Allgemein, Widerstand in Tibet

Dharamshala — A Tibetan political prisoner who is serving a 15-year sentence on false charges of ‚espionage‘ is said to be seriously ill due to torture in prison and hospitalised again for emergency treatment. Yeshe Choedon, a 57-year-old retired Tibetan doctor named Yeshe Choedon was given 15-year imprisonment by the Intermediate People’s Court in Lhasa on charges of allegedly leaking out secrets to the outside world during the peaceful protests in March 2008. The Chinese court had announced in the verdict passed on November 7, 2009 that Choedon’s political rights would be also withheld for five years.



Chinese Policy Leaves Uyghurs Impoverished in Xinjiang’s Hotan Prefecture, Farmers Say

Freitag, 1. April 2016 | Kategorie(n): Demographie, News Allgemein

China’s policies have increased poverty among ethnic minority Uyghurs in a prefecture of the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region, despite government claims that it has poured funds into development and the improvement of local livelihoods, residents of the prefecture said. Government officials say the area’s history, geographical location and religion have played a role in pushing it into poverty, but that residents in Hotan have benefited from assistance that has poured in over the last several years from both the regional and national administrations. From 2011-2014, the regional government spent 74.3 billion yuan (U.S. $11.5 billion) on housing projects for low-income families in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture, helping 920,000 households, or 3.6 million farmers and herdsmen, according to a July 2014 report by China’s official Xinhua news agency. The report also said the government has provided dual-language education as part of its efforts to lift local people out of poverty.But according to Tianshannet, the Xinjiang government news portal, nearly 704,000 residents of Hotan live below China’s poverty line, accounting for 27 percent of impoverished Uyghurs in all of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.



Kundgebung für Tibet wird zu Demo für Versammlungsrecht

Mittwoch, 30. März 2016 | Kategorie(n): Internationale Solidarität, News Allgemein

Der Besuch des chinesischen Staatsoberhauptes wird von Anfang an von Protesten begleitet. Für den Dienstagabend war eine stille Kundgebung für Tibet auf dem Hradschiner Platz einberufen. Die Demonstranten wurden jedoch von der Polizei daran gehindert, auf den Hradschin zu kommen. „Ihr seid die Polizei der Tschechischen und nicht der Chinesischen Republik“, riefen die Demonstranten. Sie standen vor der Mündung der Loretánská-Straße in den Hradschiner Platz. Die Straße war jedoch gesperrt, hinter den Barrieren zahlreiche Polizisten. Die Initiatoren der Demonstration für Tibet versuchten den Polizisten zu erklären, dass die Kundgebung erlaubt ist. Die Loretánská-Straße war voll von Menschen, einigen Schätzungen nach mehr als 600. Viele von ihnen hatten Tibet-Flaggen mitgebracht, einige hielten Porträts von Präsident Václav Havel mit dem tibetischen Dalai Lama oder Spruchbänder hoch. Die Menschen warteten geduldig in der engen Gasse und skandierten:



Neues Prager Netzwerk vermittelt Informationen über Menschenrechte in China

Mittwoch, 30. März 2016 | Kategorie(n): Internationale Solidarität, News Allgemein

Seit Dienstag besteht in Prag ein neues Informationszentrum für Demokratie und Menschenrechte in China. Gegründet wurde es, als der chinesische Staatspräsident Xi Jinping zu Besuch in Tschechien weilte. Das Zentrum für Demokratie und Menschenrechte ist keine Institution, sondern ein Netzwerk. Unter der Schirmherrschaft der von Václav Havel gegründeten Stiftung „Forum 2000“ beteiligen sich am Projekt mehrere Organisationen und Bürgerinitiativen, darunter die Prager Nationalgalerie, die Initiativen Äeši Tibet podporují (Tschechen unterstützen Tibet), Lungta oder Post Bellum. Sie wollen Vorträge, Ausstellungen und Diskussionen veranstalten.



Tibet Tibetan Monk Freed After Serving Four Years For Pulling Down Chinese Flag

Mittwoch, 23. März 2016 | Kategorie(n): News Allgemein, Widerstand in Tibet

Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province have released a Tibetan monk from prison after he served a four-year sentence for pulling down a Chinese flag and scattering leaflets calling for Tibetan freedom, Tibetan sources said. Sonam Gonpo, aged 26 and a monk at the Dza Wonpo monastery, returned to his home in Sershul (in Chinese, Shiqu) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on March 12, a Tibetan living in India told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “His current state of health remains unknown,” RFA’s source Jampa Yonten said, citing contacts in the region.



Mit und ohne Dalai Lama: Exiltibeter wählen neuen Premierminister

Freitag, 18. März 2016 | Kategorie(n): News Allgemein, special

Am 20. März wählen weltweit 130.000 Exiltibeter einen neuen Premierminister. Es sind die spannendsten Wahlen in der mittlerweile 57-jährigen Exilgeschichte. Bis 2011 war der Dalai Lama politisches und religiöses Oberhaupt der Tibeter. Doch nach 350 Jahren Dalai-Lama-Herrschaft hat der jetzige 14. Dalai Lama all seine politischen Ämter zurückgelegt, um die Demokratisierung im Exil voranzutreiben – eine Herausforderung für die fragmentierte Exilcommunity. Die Tibeter beten ihn weiterhin als Manifestation des Buddha an. Zwei Kandidaten sind nach den Vorwahlen im Oktober noch übrig: der amtierende Premierminister Lobsang Sangay und der bisherige Abgeordnete Penpa Tsering. Sangay studierte in Harvard Jus und wurde 2011 vom Dalai Lama selbst vorgeschlagen. Tsering ist in Indien geboren und gilt als Realpolitiker, der mit allen Wassern gewaschen ist. Ihre Politik ist die gleiche: die des „mittleren Wegs“ – für diese Kompromisspolitik hat der Dalai Lama 1989 den Friedensnobelpreis bekommen. Sie strebt nicht volle Unabhängigkeit für Tibet, sondern eine echte Autonomie innerhalb des chinesischen Staates an.