Choeyang Kyi, the very first Tibetan to be represented in the Olympic Games wins Bronze medal.
Lobsang Sangay Tibet Political Leader's 1st Full Year In Office Met With Challenges
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Vol. 02, Issue 69, 15 August 2012
B o d - K y i - Cha- Trin
Various Restrictions Imposed On Tibet
Tibet Political Leader's 1st Full Year In Office Met With Challenges By: Mark kernan, The Tibet Post International.
Special Rapporteur on the right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue. (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré) By: YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International
Geneva: Chinese authorities have imposed various restrictions on Tibet, mainly targeting Tibetan Intellectuals in the Himalayan region, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression. At least 24 Tibetans intellectuals, including monks, men and women, have been given sentences ranging from few months to life imprisonment for excising their freedom of expression. The See Page 4 ...
China's Repression Causing Self-immolations
March 17, Rebkong, Amdo, 43 year old farmer Sonam Thargye sacrificed himself by selfimmolating. The photo shows thousands of Tibetan monks and lay people at the cremation. Photo: TPI/File
By: Ruta Vilkaite, Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: The US Government's annual report on Human Rights highlighted the lack of religious freedom in Tibet as well as the harsh repression and crackdowns in the region which causing self- immolations by Tibetans. The Communist regime "interference in the practice of Tibetan Buddhist religious traditions generated profound grievances and contributed to a series of self-immolations by Tibetans," said the new report issued on Monday, July 30, 2012. "More than a billion people live under governments that systematically suppress religious freedom," Secretary of See Page 5...
Dharamshala: Harvard graduate and Fulbright scholar, Dr Lobsang Sangay, completed his first full year in office Wednesday (8th August 2012) as Tibetan's prime minister in exile. The political leader of Tibet issued a letter elaborating on the progress, achievements, and also the challenges ahead, that the 14th Kashag has made since his inauguration last year, mentioning the Kashag's guiding principles of unity, innovation and self-reliance. He mentioned in particular the Kashag's ‘energetic outreach effort', a reference to members of the Kashag travelling abroad and disseminating the plight of Tibet to political, religious, social and business leaders, he said ‘' My colleagues in the Kashag have been traveling to various countries and my travels have taken me to seventeen different cities on four continents. I have met with senior government officials, prominent lawmakers, including the Speaker of the U.S. Congress (John Boehner), well-known media organizations, and other notable world citizens like Nobel Peace Laureates with whom I have highlighted the dire situation in Tibet and sought their support." Dr Sangay in his letter talked of some of the 14th Kashag's initiatives since August last year: including, the Recruitment Training Program, Tibet Policy Institute, Tibet Corps, and the Tibetan Medicare System. In particular focusing on education, and seeing it as one of his key priority areas; he said that a US$2 million dollar education grant had been secured from the US government, that he hoped to raise academic standards [for all Tibetans in education] and also that he hoped to transfer the management of Central Schools for Tibetans from the Indian government.In addition, he felt responsibility for Tibetan government affairs had been managed "reasonably well so far, thanks to the unity, solidarity and support from Tibetans in and outside Tibet, and our friends", a reference to the handover of political authority from His Holiness the Dalai Lama last year.For the future he announced that under his leadership there were plans to further upgrade the CTA's capacity and [to] revitalize
The political leader of Tibet, Dr Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 speaking to reporters at the Central Tibetan Administration during a press conference held in Dharamshala, India. Four other ministers also addressed during the press event. Photo provided by CTA
the Tibetan settlements in India. Also, following the 2nd Special General Meeting of Tibetans in Dharamshala in September of this year, a Special International Tibet Support Groups Meeting will be held to discuss ways and means to deal with the urgent and critical situation in Tibet.In conclusion he wrote, ‘'Lastly, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the governments and people across the world, particularly our kind host, India,
Tibetan’s Victorious Performance At The London Olympic Games
for their support. I pray for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We are profoundly grateful for his continued presence and guidance.Finally, to my fellow Tibetans in and outside Tibet, I want to reiterate the current Kashag's commitment to fulfill our cherished goal of freedom for the Tibetan people, and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet''.Kalon Tripa Dr Sangay will address the public today at 4pm in the main temple.
Prayer Service Held for Ngawang Norphel
Another Call For Tibet's freedom Ends
A prayers service being held in Dharamshala, India for Tibetan selfimmolations in Tibet, on July 19, 2012. Photo: TPI By: YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: As a mark of respect and mourning, a prayer service was held On Friday, August 2nd, at the main Tibetan temple of Dharamshala for the death of a young Tibetan man from Nyalam county, See Page 4 ...
27 Years Old Dolkar Tso Self-Immolates in Tibet Lobsang tseltrim Self-Immolated in Ngaba County ,Amdo region of easten Tibet. By: Ruta Vilkaite, Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: 21 years old monk, Lobsang Tsultrim from the Kirti Monastery, who set himself on fire on the 6th of August and suffered from severe burns, have passed away later that night, state the latest reports from Tibet.The exile base of Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala reported that the young monk passed away shortly after his arrival at the hospital in the Barkham region of eastern Tibet.With already wellknown slogans for the freedom of Tibet, the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the 11th Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche to Tibet as well as "the re-opening of Kirti monastic school", the monk set himself on fire and went down the main market street in Ngaba near the Kirti Monastery at around 5.05 PM local time. In a moment, the protestor was knocked down by special armed Chinese forces.After the injured monk was taken to the hospital where he soon passed away, Chinese authorities were quick to react and took the body to an unknown location. Family's request to obtain Lobsang's body was turned down and just later, when the cremation was carried out by the Chinese, the ashes of the self-immolator were handed to closest family members.It is reported, that Lobsang, who has also experienced Chinese atrocities in 2008 peaceful Tibet uprisings, have left his testament, which is on its way into exile.According to media reports, Lobsang, as the other 48 selfimmolated Tibetans, protested against the Chinese occupation over Tibet. The Ngaba region, northeastern part of Tibet, holds the highest number, 29, of these altruistic sacrifices. 35 out of 48 registered selfimmolations terminated in death while the whereabouts of the rest stays unknown.
2012 London Olympic August 12: Choeyang Kyi, the first Tibetan to participate in the Olympic games made history with a podium finish in London. Photo: AP
By Ruta Vilkaite, The Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: Choeyang Kyi, the very first Tibetan to be represented in the Olympic Games wins Bronze medal.On the 11th of August at 5PM London time, Choeyang together with other athletes competed in the 20 km Women's Walking Race for the triumphant podium spot. Tibetan athlete finished third in the race with the time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 16 seconds. While first and second places were taken by Russians Elena Lashmanova and Olympic champion and three-time world champion, Olga Kaniskina, just 14 seconds before Choyang, the Bronze medalist said: "I'm extremely honored to take part as the first representative of the Tibetans at the Olympic Games and to win a medal." A number of Tibetan flags and a banner "You go girl...We Tibetans are with you" were seen in the cheering audience in order to support Choeyang. Later when asked by journalists if she has noticed encouragement of the race viewers, the Bronze medal winner replied hearing the cheers but unfortunately not being able spot the actual Tibetan enthusiasts.She said she heard Tibetans encouraging her along
the route that went past the residence of Queen Elizabeth II. "I heard it! Really. I heard a Tibetan cheering me on. At the time, I looked backward but couldn't see who that person was," she said. Shortly following this, historical for the whole Tibetans, achievement, social media and network sites came alive with congratulation words to the winner. The entire Tibetan communities celebrated Choeyang's success as a Tibetan. Choeyang was born on 11th of November 1990 in Tsochang, Amdo province where as a child she was running on the Tibetan plateau. After joining a sports school and starting professionally race walking at 18 years of age, her talent and hard work were noticed.In 2010 young athlete was invited to join the Chinese national team. A year later, Choeyang came fifth at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, in Korea. Further, at the beginning of this year at the Taicang IAAF Race Walking Challenge, the Tibetan completed 20 km walking race in 1 hour, 27 minutes and 4 seconds which set a clear path to the See Page 2 ...
26 Years Old Dolkar Kyi Has Self-Immolated in Tibet.
Dharamshala: Tuesday, on 7th of August, at 2.30 PM local Tibet time, 27 years old Dolkar Tso had set herself on fire in front of the stupa in Tsoe Monastery in Tsoe City, Amdo region, north-eastern TibeThose who witnessed the incident stated that soon after Dolkar set herself ablaze, she shouted in Tibetan: "Free Tibet! Return His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet!"In the last four years, there have been 48 registered self-immolations in Tibet according to several reports from inside Tibet.These actions, by the self-immlators, are seen by many tibetans as a peaceful protest against repressive Chinese policies, a demand for more freedom in Tibet and a call for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile.Forty-Eight Tibetan people have set themselves on fire in recent years in Tibet in protest at repressive government policies, charging that Beijing has curbed religious freedoms and that their indigenous culture is being eroded by an influx of Han Chinese, said Mr. Nyima T.J., A Tibetan political analyst.
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Authorities Refuse To Intervene In Tibetan Village Land Dispute
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Another Young Man Chooses Self-immolation To Protest China By YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International
Village people stage a protest at the gates of the local Government in Shangchu county of Amdo region, eastern Tibet.
Dharamshala:As per local news reports, Lungleb Village and its neighbour Alak in Amdo region of north-eastern Tibet, have been locked in a feud for many years over land. This has resulted in many incidences of bloodshed in the region, with neither side coming out as victors. Recent generations thus find the need to put an end to the conflict before any more killings take place. A few years ago, representatives from both villages submitted applications to the local government asking for their intervention to help resolve the conflict. However, the authorities refused to pay heed and did not respond to any of their petitions.On 3 August 2012, almost 30 people from both villages organized a peaceful demonstration outside the local government offices in Sangchu County.The protestors slept across the office entrance and held up banners saying, “The government
should be concerned about the welfare of its citizens.” However, the officials refused to take notice and help.They ventured out of their offices, on August 5, to order the people to leave the protest and return home immediately. The police arrested four of the demonstrators, Bhangde Khar, Yangkyab Dorjee, Konchok Kyab and Kalsang Dorjee, believing them to be the leaders of the protest. The relatives of the detainees were refused visitation rights by the authorities. They were also not allowed to give the arrested parcels of food and clothing. On August 6, representatives from both villages continued to protest outside the government office gates. However, they were ordered to abandon the protest and go home.As local authorities refuses to intervene and help put an end to this conflict, people from both villages express their helplessness in the situation.
Brotherhood Celebration Strengthens Indian and Tibetan Relationship
Dharamshala: A Tibetan man, born in a nomadic family in north-eastern Tibet set himself on fire friday morning, the latest in a series of shocking protests against Chinese rule, media coordinator from India based Kirti monastery, Ven Kanyag Tsering-has told The Tibet Post International. On August 10, 2012. around 10.15 am, the 24 year old Tibetan man, Chopa set himself alight along the main street of Meuruma township in Ngaba county of north-eastern Tibet (Chinese: Aba Sichuan province), Tsering said in a statement. Many local government authorities and armed military forces arrived in the town immediately, Tsering said. "They quickly extinguished the flames and took the man away in a security vehicle," the statement said. His father's name is Palo and his mother's name is Madon. Sources from inside Tibet said "several hundred" armed Chinese police and paramilitary forces being deployed in the area. "People simply disappeared in the township," Eyewitness said, all shops and restaurants in the area remained closed in a show of solidarity. Currently no further details are available about his current whereabouts and well being, the press statement further added. "Unfortunately, the latest self-immolator who are severely burned has a little hope to survive, indeed he would not have remained alive long, according to eyewitness," it added. Nearly 50 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in recent years in Tibet, mostly north-eastern parts of Tibet in protest at repressive policies of communist regime of China. The regime, however, says Tibetans enjoy religious freedom and have benefited from
Strong Chinese armed forces being deployed around Tsoe Monastery in Labrang, north-eastern Tibet, where Dolkar Tso, a Tibetan mother who self-immolated on Wednesday, August 9, 2012. Photo: TPI improved living standards brought on by China's economic expansion. "Over the past three years, nearly 50 people, most of them young Tibetans, have set on fire themselves; the largest self-immolation struggle for freedom in world history," Nyima T.J, a Tibetan political analyst based in India said. "All expressing their desperation over the lack of Human Rights, culture and religious freedom and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet."
"A single self-immolation protest never happened in Tibet history, before the Chinese occupation. The tragedy that should never have happened, if all Tibetan people have equal rights in politics, the economy, and in their daily life. However, Tibetan People must proud China, instead of protest against it, according to China's repeated claims. Unfortunately its still Tibet's only option: selfimmolations to express their voices," Nyima T.J. stressed.
Another Self-Immolation in Tibet: Brings Total to 48 since 2009 By Mark Kernan, The Tibet Post
Kalsang Youdon, the President of RTWA, places tika on Ajay Singh Mankotia’s forehead as a symbol of brothersister relationship. Photo: TPI/Sangay By Ruta Vilkaite, Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: Yesterday, on the 2nd of August, at the Environmental Hall of the Tibetan Welfare office in McLeod Ganj, the Raksha Bandhan event was organized by the Regional Tibetan Women's Association (RTWA) to celebrate and further build a good relationship and strong connection between Tibet and India. This special day of traditional Indian celebration, Raksha Bandhan, is now becoming yearly merriment of the brotherhood between Tibet and India. RTWA, representatives of all Tibetan women, have invited a number of important local guests: Ajay Singh Mankotiathe President of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association, his Advisor and Secretary, the President of Dharamshala Taxi Union, a representative of Dharamshala shops and restaurants and others, to join in mentioning this important celebration in order to thank for all provided support and ask to maintain protecting Tibetan women.The event started with the respect to the Indian National Anthem followed by the Regional Tibetan Women's Association (RTWA) speech which gave a brief history of Tibetan hardships faced after the Chinese occupation in 1949. Since 1959, Chinese have been destroying Tibetan religion, culture and repressing human rights, freedom of speech and religious practice. During this time 1.2 million people lost their lives due to the killings, imprisonments, tortures, harsh labour works and starvation. Further, in the last four years, around 49 Tibetans self-immolated both, in Tibet and outside the country.India has lent a helpful hand to suffering Tibetans and offered support and protection since 1959. It supported exiled Tibetans
during this difficult period of time and therefore, RTWA and all of the Tibetan community are grateful to India. The guests were also invited to give speeches. Ajay Singh Mankotia, the President of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association, said that according to the tradition of this brotherhood celebration, Indians accept the responsibility of protecting Tibet. He also promised to work towards better future for Tibetans in India as well as in Tibet. Dharamsala, together with McLeod Ganj, became popular tourism center because of His Holiness the Dalai Lama great works and achievements. Ajay also mentioned that the increased number of tourists visiting these towns raised the awareness in the environmental areas, especially in keeping the towns clean.Speeches were followed by the tradition of placing the Rakhis on the wrists and putting Tikas on the guests' foreheads as a representation of the strong brotherly bond between these two nations."We request our Indian brother to help and protect us, as the spirit of sacred rakhi binds us for eternity, and support the middle way policy, which is the best way out to emancipate the Tibetan race and its culture, before it is too late", said Kelsang Yougon, the President of RTWA. Our reporter Sangay has interviewed the President of RTWA, Kalsang Youdon, straight after the event asking about why, Raksha Bandhan, traditionally an Indian event, rather than Tibetan, was held. Kalsang indicated that this occasion is a representation of the good relationship and bond between Tibetans and local people. She also used an example of HH the Dalai Lama as he always emphasizes the importance of a good cultural and social understanding between different people and countries.
...Tibetan’s Victorious Performance At The Olympic Games ...... Continues From Front Page Olympic Games.Just before the 11th of this month, young athlete was positioned 10th in the world. As for today, Choeyang is a first Tibetan to win Bronze medal. Her performance at the Olympic Games is also her career best.This win also reminded of the current Tibet issue. Choeyang's participation at the Olympic Games as part of the Chinese national team caused some dissatisfaction as Tibetans are experiencing harsh Chinese oppression and, as a sign of protest, are
setting themselves on fire."China uses things like this for their political gain. The fact that a Tibetan is participating in the Olympics does not take away anything from the dire situation prevailing inside Tibet," said Dicki Chhoyang, Kalon for information and international relations of the Central Tibetan Administration."She must have put in a lot of effort to reach there. But we are sad that she cannot represent a free Tibet" Dicki Chhoyang said further.
Dharamshala: A media coordinator in Kirti monastery, Dharamshala- Kanyag Tsering-has told The Tibet Post International that there has been another self-immolation but he added that ''as of now [there are] very little details". There have been several such incidents in the region in recent months and due to limitations imposed by the Chinese authorities foreign media are banned from reporting, making reports of such incidents very difficult to verify. However, it is believed that the self-immolator was a male monk from called Lobsang Tseltrim from Kirti Monastery in Kirti Ma township of Ngaba County, north-eastern Tibet. The i n c i d e n t , a c c o r d i n g t o t h e r e s e a r c h e r, happened at 5pm yesterday, Monday 6th August, in Ngaba County. The monk shouted for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet before he set fire to himself on Pawu Sanglam- 'Martyr' or 'Hero' Street in Tibetan. This is the 48th self-immolation since 2009 according to exile Tibetan administration based in Dharamshala, India, the protests all share a common theme: freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and he also shouted that Tibetan people should be all living together again in Tibet. As is now normal procedure in selfimmolations in Tibet and in Tibetan regions of
Lobsang tseltrim Self-Immolated in Ngaba County ,Amdo region of easten Tibet.
China, Chinese state police arrived and put out the fire on the monk's body and they then took him to a local hospital in gaba County were he remained for half an hour, his whereabouts as of now is unknown. Locals now called the street 'martyr's street' as there have been so many people willing to burn themselves for the Tibetan cause in the region.Kalon Tripa, Dr Lobsang Sangay, commented on the latest self-immolation: "To
understand these acts, it is crucial to know that within China, there is no room for freedom of speech and conventional forms of protest. A participant in a simple demonstration runs a high risk of arrest, torture and even death".He also added that China's policies in Tibet are founded on "political oppression, social marginalization, cultural assimilation and environmental destruction" and that these policies are the root causes of such actions.
Sustained Efforts, United Fight Needed To Liberate Tibet; Dr. Sangay By YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: Tibetan youths must make sustained efforts and fight unitedly to liberate Tibet from China's control said Dr. Lobsang Sangay, political head of the Central Tibetan Administraiton." Otherwise we will be wiped out from the world map" he added. Dr. Lobsang Sangay was on his visit to Tibetan settlements in the Karnataka state, South India. Speaking to reporters on involvement of Tibetan youth in country's freedom movement he said the movement is growing strong thorough social networking and blog campaigning, according to a report published by Times of India. Worldwide network has been established to unite all youth and there is positive response from the people, he disclosed and said only good education will ensure proper growth and existence of Tibet. Earlier ,participating in an interaction programme with Tibetan students of the city organized by Regional Tibet Youth Congress and Rotary Vijayanagar Mysore, he said 44 Tibetans have committed self immolation for the country. He said freedom of speech is curtailed in Tibet and Tibetans world over and freedom expression is the only way to show Tibetans anger against the aggression and occupation of Tibet by China.
The political leader of Tibet, Dr Lobsang Sangay with Tibetans student studying in Mysore, Karnataka State of south India, on 1st Aug 2012. Central Tibetan Administraion
Tibet and Tibetans strongly believe in Gandhi's non violence mantra which succeeded quietly in India in freeing it from colonial government, he said. Issue of Tibet is strongly linked to India .China is trying to attack countries which are friendly towards Tibet through air, water and land he alleged.
He pointed out that China is trying to fight war in future through 'white gold'( Water). It is building more than 20 dams across rivers that are born in Tibet to meet it's daily water needs as country is facing 40 percent water shortage. China wants to plunder Tibet's water resources , he said. "My recent visit to Washington, DC, was very successful as I attached great importance to it from the political perspective, Dr. Sangay said during a large gathering of Tibetans at Gyumed Monastery in Hunsur Taluk, near Mysore. The democratically elected political leader of Tibet said there is clear indication from the US and European countries of their same support and concern for the issue of Tibet as ever before. "More importantly, I was able to meet prominent officials of the US foreign affairs. I had similar visits to different countries in Europe," he added." "We were very anxious when His Holiness the Dalai Lama devolved his political authority to the elected leadership," Kalon Tripa said, adding "but the new administration has restored the calm." "Therefore, collective support and effort from the general public support is of paramount importance," he added.
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Mass Demonstration Against Environmental Pollution in Quidong, China
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US Congressmen Press for International Conference on Tibet By Mark kernan, The Tibet Post International.
His Holiness holding newspapers from around the world that highlight the issue of homelessness and poverty. Photo: INSP By Mark Kernan, The Tibet Post
Dharamshala: There has been another mass demonstration in Quidong, north of Shanghai city, protesting against industrial pollution and environmental degradation. This time the demonstrator's grievances concerned drinking water reportedly being polluted by the building of a pipeline to transport industrial waste from a Japanese-owned paper mill. Last month there were violent demonstrations in Shifang against plans by the Shifang city government to construct a copper alloy plant. Sources there reported that many dozens were injured in riots that broke out during the three day protests Eyewitnesses also suggested that police used excessive force on protestors firing tear gas and indiscriminately beating up ordinary people. Social tensions are growing in China and this latest demonstration in Quidong, where emboldened angry citizens shouted anti-corruption slogans as well as antipollution slogans, is a sign that perhaps citizen discontent is reaching a critical point in contemporary Chinese society.The protest took place last Saturday, 28th July, and reflects growing concern amongst ordinary Chinese about unchecked economic growth, and its effects and consequences on the environment, but also however
the confrontations seem to be acting as a lightning rod for discontent relating to corruption amongst politicians and social elites.Reports vary about the size of the demonstration from different media outlets but it seems that as many as between 50 thousand and 100 thousand may have taken part. Thousands of people were said to have ransacked government offices and overturned cars in the riots. Demonstrators also fought with police in scenes similar to previous environmental protests elsewhere in China in the last few months and years.The recent demonstrations are a direct challenge to the Chinese authorities' vision of social stability within Chinese society, and maintaining that stability and harmony at all costs. State sponsored media in China have said that local government should work harder to foster 'rational interaction' between the people and the authorities in order to avoid 'irrational emotions and 'extreme behavior'.The People's Daily, the Communist Party's official propaganda organ said: "Being a responsible government means to make oneself independent of the specific entanglements of economic interests and become the implementor of the public interest, balancer of economic interests".
Kalon Tripa Addresses Prestigious Tibetan College
Kalon Tripa addressing staff and students at Sarah College, Sarah, Dharamshala, India, August 13, 2012. Photo: TPI/ Sam By Samuel Ivor, The Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: - On 13th August 2011, observing the 14th anniversary of The College for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarah, Dharamshala, Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) Lobsang Sangay inspired an audience of Tibetan students in a poignant address to the prestigious college. Amid a year of self-immolations and further crackdowns within Tibet, regular celebrations were withheld from the anniversary event. The usual performance of traditional Tibetan singing, dancing and games were cancelled in memory at the loss and sacrifice of Tibetans within the land of snows. However, a visit by the revered political leader was enough to raise hopes, reassure, and motivate the next generation of Tibetans and future leaders.Dr Sangay emphasised the message of self-confidence to the audience of hundreds. One student in the audience, Tenzin Tsundue, expressed her admiration at the speech. In an interview for the Tibet Post, she highlighted:"He really stressed the importance of confidence, and self-reliance. It was a great feeling meeting our Kalon Tripa for the first time. We had a special meeting with him, and a photo-shoot session. It was so great, and when he spoke, we were touched".Sonam, a member of the teacher training programme organised by the Sarah College, confided: "It was wonderful. Lobsang Sangay was our chief guest. He has met many dignitaries all over the world, and many Tibetans. He said of some of the Tibetans are relying too much on others; be it international support or the Tibetan
government, so he said you should be self-dependent". "So in the future we definitely have to stand up on our own feet, for ourselves. Once we are capable of doing something for ourselves, then we can rely on other people"."One thing I felt strongly about [the speech] was being a Tibetan: growing up India. In the exile community, he mentioned, and we always say to each other, that we have a big 'R' on our foreheads [refugee]. That is true. Today he clarified that this is not something that you have to feel. You don't have to feel bad for being a refugee. Refugee is not a status of your entire life; it's just a temporary political issue. But more than that, you have to feel that you are a Tibetan. I think that is very important".During a day of encouraging speeches to the students of the College, an award presentation to the highest achievers, and after a personal meeting between the Kalon Tripa and the newest students, during which members introduced themselves, undergraduates have a great deal to be inspired by for the year ahead. The College for Higher Tibetan Studies is a branch college under the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics at Dharamsala, founded by the late Lobsang Gyatso. After completion, His Holiness the Dalai Lama formally inaugurated the institution on the 13th of August 1998. Earlier in the week a candlelight vigil was held on the college campus in observance of the latest and on-going wave of self-immolations in Tibet.
Dharamshala: Two American Congressmen, Republican Frank R Wolf, a vocal critic of China's human rights record and Democrat James P McGovern, a long-time advocate for international human rights and progressive causes, have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urging her to undertake, ‘'stronger, more coordinated, visible international diplomatic steps with regards to the People's Republic of China's policies and practices towards Tibetans''. The letter, written on August 9th, emphasized the repeated human rights violations taking place in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and in other Tibetan areas of China: Specifically, politicized trials of Monks and political activists, sharp restrictions on religious freedom and control of monasteries by ‘reeducation teams' and an increasing and very visible security presence in cities and towns. They urged that the United States should increase, ‘' diplomatic and international pressure on the Chinese government to reverse the [ongoing] crisis in Tibet''. They particularly emphasized the Chinese authority's policy of expelling ethnic Tibetans from Lhasa, enforced in June of this year. Despite the fact that they had official permission to live there- a reference to the expulsion from Lhasa of Tibetans from eastern regions after two prominent selfimmolations in the city.The congressmen also mentioned the self-immolations currently taking place (48 in the last few years, now thought to be the largest self-immolation campaign in history), and
By Amanda peters, Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: 8 August 2012 marked a complete year in office for Kalon Tripa (political leader) of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay and his cabinet of ministers. He told reporters that his administration has pledged to carry on the Tibetan struggle for freedom in Tibet. The Kashag (Cabinet) had a busy day with meeting the public, press and staff members of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Dr Sangay, along with four of his cabinet colleagues, held a press conference on the morning of August 8. Speaking to reporters, he said, "There was a bit of anxiousness among the people, including myself and the members of the Kashag but in retrospect, if you look back, the Kalons and myself, we have traveled around the world and to many settlements. Cumulatively, it is fair to report that there is a sense of stability and a sense that we have lessened the anxiousness among the Tibetan people." Acknowledging the hard work of the elder generations of Tibetans, he said the foundation of the CTA and the Tibetan movement is very strong. Thus contradicting China's assumption that, "The Tibetan movement will collapse soon after the elder generations pass away." He added that, "Tibetans inside Tibet have kept alive the indomitable commitment to the cause of Tibet." Referring to talks with China, Dr Sangay said that the Tibetan side was ready "anytime anywhere" to restart the dialogue. He noted that his administration was ready to appoint special envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet "whenever Beijing is willing to engage in meaningful dialogue." Later in the day, (at 1:30 pm) Dr Sangay met exclusively with the CTA staff and thanked them for their hard work and cooperation with the policies of the 14th Kashag. In the afternoon there was a public service held to pray for the Tibetans who have self immolated to protest
Congressmen James P McGovern (L) and Frank R Wolf (R). Photo: File
the resultant despair of the Tibetan people, a despair which is inherent in such an act.As a way of alleviating Tibetans suffering, bringing much needed attention to the Tibetan cause, and pressurizing China to alter its policies, they propose that the U.S. should take the lead and host an international conference on Tibet, capitalizing on Germany, Canada, and other European countries
interest and concern regarding China's regime in Tibet.In conclusion, they wrote: ‘'It is important that the U.S. demonstrate that it is not deaf to the appeals for help and support emanating from Tibetans. We urge you [secretary of state Hilary Clinton] to work with partner nations and establish a contact group on Tibet to carry out strong, visible public diplomacy on this human crisis''.
Exile Political Leader Pledges To Carry On The Tibetan Struggle
Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing a public gathering at the main Tibetan temple, Dharamshala, India marking the completion of his first year in office since taking over the political authority from His Holiness the Dalai Lama last year, August 8, 2012. Photo: TPI
against Chinese repressive policies in Tibet and the current critical situation inside Tibet at Thegchen Choeling Tsuklagkhang, the main Tibetan temple in Dharamshala. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche presided over the prayer session that was attended by thousands of people, including those from the exile administration.After the service Dr Sangay addressed the public, citing the 14th Kashag's guiding principles of "unity, innovation and self-reliance." "Whatever little progress the 14th Kashag has made so far is because of the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, the hard work of the elder generations and the Indian government and the Indian public," Dr Sangay said.Kalon Tripa then thanked the Tibetan people both inside and outside Tibet for their solidarity and support and pledged the 14th Kashag's sacred duty to uphold the legacy of the elder generation to carry the Tibetan struggle forward.The same day, thousands of Tibetans and supporters joined a solidarity rally and candle light vigils across the world, including India, Taiwan, US, UK, Russia, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. This was held in support of and solidarity with Tibetan people in Tibet.
China's 'Path Of Reform And Opening Up': A Reality For Tibet?
By YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International
Dharamshala: During the past 10 years, President of China, Hu Jintao, has strongly propagated a 'harmonious society' and 'a path of reform and opening up' which in turn would generate equality for everyone. There is still hope the leadership might bring a new perspective on Tibet before his decade-long presidency. Hu has ruled out China reverting to hardline policies of Mao Zedong, saying the path of reform and opening up pioneered by moderate leader Deng Xiaoping should continue as they created "miracles". Accoring to CCP's mouthpiece, 'People's Daily,' on Sunday', China should stick to Deng Xiaoping's path, Hu asserted that "by following the socialist theory with Chinese characteristics, we have continuously created 'miracles' in improving people's living conditions" . He said considering the success China has achieved by following Deng's line of socialism, the country should stick to this path to deal with problems like global financial crisis. In 1979, Chinese officials approached Mr. Dhondup in Hong Kong where he'd gone to live after the rebellion fizzled out. They proposed a meeting with Chinese leader Deng: "I told them if I go, I have to get my brother's permission first. His Holiness said: 'You should respond. Go in your personal capacity. Go listen." Dhondup told the Wall Street Journal, during an interview published on February 20, 2009.On meeting China's paramount leader
Chinese President Hu Jintao. Photo: File
Deng Xiaoping: "He told me whatever is past is past...except Tibet independence, anything can be discussed."Dhondup's statement that later became the basis for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's ‘Middle-Way' approach, seeking a meaningful autonomy for the whole of Tibet in the past 40 years.However, Mr. Zhu Weiqun, former executive Vice-Minister of China's Central United Front Work Department, who handled contacts with envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the past, reportedly said it was not true.Continuing the "MiddleWay" policy, which however seeks genuine autonomy under the constitutional/legal framework of the People's Republic of China, the newly elected political head of Tibetan people, Dr Lobsang Sangay told China several times that he still remains optimistic about a new talk;
face-to-face meeting with Chinese leadership as the best possible way to solve issues of Tibet.More than five decades of life in exile, the Tibetan community has gone through a process of increasing democratisation and has made tremendous progress in education as well as culture and religion. The Tibetan people and their non-violent freedom struggle have touched the hearts and conscience of people all over the world who cherish truth and justice. The Tibetan people, both in and outside Tibet, continue to struggle for their freedom with a non-violent principle. History has also convincingly proved that there is no way to gain the hearts and minds of Tibetan people under repressions, and there is no prospect for the success of any dictatorship attempt. As time goes by social progress is inevitable; this is a historical trend that no one can resist.During his presidency, more than 40 Tibetans have self-immolated after the 2008 historic mass uprising of people in all parts of Tibet and hundreds of dissidents and rights defenders in China and Tibet, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo still jailed under name of Hu's harmonious society and Deng's "path of reform and opening up."Today's world strongly supported the various 'Arab Spring' protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa. Where what's changing in the Arab world, nobody will not able to stop it. "Hasn't China learned their lesson after all this?
4 TPI NEWS H.H. THE DALAI LAMA Kalon Tripa Visits Major Tibetan His Holiness Gives Teaching And Public Settlements In South India Talk On Tibetan Polity The Tibet Post International
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Kalon Tripa addressing Tibetans during his visit to Rabgyaling settlement in Hunsur, Karnataka, India, on 30 July 2012/Photo/Jigme Tsering/TibetNet By Amanda Peters, The Tibet Post
Dharamshala:- On July 31, Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay visited the largest Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe in Karnataka during his 6-day visit to south India. He arrived at Bangalore airport on July 29 and was received by Chief Representative Karma Singey and heads of the various organizations and NGOs based in the city. At a press conference he talked about the current situation in Tibet. “Tibetans are giving up their precious lives to send a message to international community that situation in Tibet is grave and getting worse because now the Chinese government has banned tourists from visiting Lhasa and Tibetan areas. Tibetans who come from outside Lhasa are expelled, so given the situation; there is a clampdown on Tibetan people.” Referring to the self immolations inside Tibet he also stated that the responsibility for the tragic selfimmolations of Tibetans lies entirely with the Chinese government, and so does the solution.“The evidence clearly points towards the Chinese government and their repressive policies because Chinese government doesn’t allow freedom of speech in Tibet. If you protest, if you have hunger strike, if you have rallies, demonstrations, all these are not allowed. The chances of one getting arrested, tortured, even disappearing are really high, if one participates simply in a demonstration,” he said at the conference.Dr Lobsang Sangay also thanked the Karnataka Government for providing hospitality to Tibetans taking refuge in the
state.Kalon Tripa visited Rabgyaling Tibetan Settlement in Hunsur on July 30. Addressing a large gathering of Tibetans at Gyume Monastery in Hunsur, he said that his recent visit to Washington, DC was a success from a political perspective.Further he stated, “There is clear indication from the US and European countries of their support and concern for the Tibet issue than ever before.” Kalon Tripa explained to the public about the Kashag’s three guiding principles of unity, innovation and selfreliance, as well as, his recent visit to Ladakh and the situation of Tibetans living there. This was followed by a question and answer session.He later spoke to students and faculty of Woenang School on the importance of education and then paid visits to Dzongchoe and Ogyen monasteries.At Bylakuppe, Dr Lobsang Sangay received a grand welcome by Tibetan settlers of Lugsam and Dicki Larsoe settlements.He delivered a public talk during which he apprised them about all possible efforts made by the Kashag to garner support from the international community on the grim situation inside Tibet. This was then followed by questions from the public concerning the formation of local assemblies and Rawang Denpe Legul Tsokchung in the settlement. He is scheduled to give a talk to students at SOS school in Bylakuppe, address students of a college in Mysore and expected to meet the chief minister of Karnataka later today.He will be visiting Mundgod on August 2 and 3 before returning to the exile headquarters of Dharamshala on August 5.
Another "disappearance" case in China occupied Tibet
Driru County of Kham region in north-eastern Tibet. By Central Tibetan Administration Media: Tibet
Dharamshala: Tibetan singer has since "disappeared". His family and friends have no knowledge of his current where-abouts or his health condition. Known as Chuksal; he hails from TashiDarthang Village in Driru County of Kham region, eastern Tibet. He was arrested at 10:00 am on 29 July 2012, at a cyber café in Siling City, Amdo region. Chuksal for the last two years moved between Siling city and Chendu city in Sichuan province. Police officials initially searched for him in Driru County, but couldn't find him. Thus, a warrant was issued for his arrest in the whole region.Before he was taken away by authorities the Tibetan singer managed to publish four video albums that dealt with the Tibet Movement. His first album was well received, as it sang praises to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. However, Chinese officials claimed that it threatened the very stability of society and was thus imperative that they ban selling copies of his albums. Despite the ban, a shop in the capital city of Lhasa continued to sell many copies of his second and third albums. The police soon found out and confiscated them,
warning the shop not to try to sell any more of his literature. In another incident, in Driru County, a restaurant playing Chuksal's fourth album was fined 500 Yuan and the police also took away their album copy. China has followed a strict policy of detaining prominent artists that assert Tibetan national identity and civil rights. Since widespread protests swept the region in 2008, officials have jailed scores of Tibetan writers, artists, singers, and educators. Another popular Tibetan singer, TashiDhondup, was released from jail in 2011 after serving 15 months in prison for recording songs that spoke about Tibetan independence.Meanwhile, the singer, Ugyen Tenzin, was sentenced to two years in prison on 20 March 2012 for singing Tibetan patriotic songs, obstructing [Chinese] mining and for being a ringleader of mass protests in Nangchen, Kham region. With the passing of each day, the human rights situation continues to deteriorate inside Tibet. The Chinese government refuses to take responsibility for safeguarding Tibetan's rights, resulting in increased tension and unrest in the region.
A view of public listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his second day of teachings in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India, on 5 August 2012. Photo/Namgyal AV Archive By Central Tibetan Administration Media: Tibet
Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India, 4 August, 2012 - Following his return from Zanskar, in the morning of 2nd August, His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet inaugurated a 4-day conference on Madhyamika Philosophical Systems of the Four Major Tibetan Buddhist Traditions organized by the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh. He said, "The four traditional schools of Buddhism in Tibet may superficially seem to differ in the way they explain the view, but ultimately what they refer to is the same. As Panchen Lobsang Chökyi Gyaltsen said, ‘When these views are examined by an experienced yogi, the import of them all comes to the same point."He reiterated that some of the important subtle philosophical views are not essentially different even if the ways in which they are expressed is different, because they are all the outcome of highly developed intellectual insight. In the morning of 3rd August His Holiness went to the local TCV school to address the local Tibetan community. In the course of his talk he reviewed the whole process of democratising the Tibetan community from the aspirations he had during his youth in Tibet, through coming into exile and the establishment of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile. He also gave an assessment of the practical aspects of the Middle Way approach and how a campaign for independence may seem immediately attractive, but, under the present circumstances, is ultimately not feasible in the long run. He remarked that the moment even a developed and economically significant country like Taiwan begins to talk of independence international support wither away. He also explained the changes he has made in relation to the Ganden Phodrang and other recent crucial developments. He was invited to an official lunch hosted by the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. In his words of appreciation he spoke of the importance of maintaining the Ladakhi identity, stressing that he was not referring only to the clothes Ladakhis wear, but also to preserving values and ways of thinking. He advised them to work hard and to guard against letting corruption creep
into their affairs.4th August dawned under overcast grey skies following a storm during the night, but even as it began to drizzle, the weather did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the nearly 40,000 people who had come to hear His Holiness teach at the Shiwatsel Ground in Choglamsar, Leh. They included people from all over Ladakh, among them many who have come down from nomadic regions like the Chang Thang, Tibetans living in Leh and visiting foreigners. He began by saying, "When listening to religious teaching, your motivation is very important. In fact, if I may speak frankly, if you make the Dharma part of your livelihood, you are unlikely to be successful. "Wherever I teach, I stress that the teaching should be authentic. The teaching we share was originally brought from Nalanda University by Shantarakshita. One of the points that was emphasised was the strict observance of Vinaya or monastic discipline. For example, it is quite clear that monks are not supposed to wear long sleeves and lay tantric practitioners should wear white robes. It is neither appropriate to dress up in monk's robes just to attend a teaching, nor to wear monastic robes, but to keep long hair." He noted that there were foreigners from nonBuddhist countries in the audience and repeated the advice he often gives that it is generally better and safer to stick with the religion you are born to. However, whether you take an interest in Buddhism or not is completely up to the individual, it's a personal choice. There is never a case for insisting that anyone adopt the Buddha's teaching. In fact the Buddha counselled his followers to examine what he taught and to adopt it only if they felt it was worthwhile, not simply out of respect for him. Similarly, he advised his Ladakhi listeners that although there are also Muslims and Christians in Ladakh, Ladakhi culture is largely a Buddhist culture and something worth preserving.Recalling his interest in science since childhood, when he was curious to know how things worked, he spoke of the ongoing dialogue he has conducted with scientists for the last thirty years or so. He
acknowledged the contribution science has made to solving many human problems in such fields as medicine and health, but warned that just because science has not been able to prove something, rebirth for example, does not mean it does not exist. In the past, people turned to religion because they were afraid of ghosts and spirits and to some extent science has allayed those fears. Now it is important to ask what is the benefit of religion in the 21st century. Is it just a custom that has been passed down for centuries that we are keeping alive or is it something that can contribute to our living happier lives today?His Holiness told the story of his visit to Patna, capital of Bihar state at the invitation of the Chief Minister to inaugurate a newly established Buddhist park. After the Chief Minister had evoked the Buddha's blessings for the welfare and prosperity of Bihar, His Holiness said he could not resist pointing out that if Bihar's development depended on the blessings of the Buddha, it would have prospered long ago. He remarked that if the Buddha's blessings were a factor they would need to be channelled through the hands of a capable Chief Minister. Recalling that Tibetans had lost their country because too many people placed their trust in prayers and mantras instead of taking practical measures, he advised Ladakhis to insist instead on education and good government. A key part of the Buddha's teaching deals with the law of causality, the fact that our own actions are the causes for what happens to us.Towards the end of his talk, His Holiness advised, "Think about what I have said, and try to think about what Buddhism is. If you find it interesting and useful, make the effort to put it into effect."He said the texts he is going to talk about are Dipankara Atisha's Lamp of the Path, which was requested by a King of Western Tibet and the transmission of which His Holiness received from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche, as well as Je Tsongkhapa's Three Principal Aspects of the Path, which he received from his tutors Tagdag Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche. He will continue the teaching tomorrow.
...Mainly Targeting Intellectuals: UN ...... Continues From Front Page Chinese authorities especially targeted Tibetan writers, bloggers, singers, teachers, documentary makers and environmentalists under a crackdown policy since 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in Geneva, Mr Tseten Samdup, yesterday (2 August) submitted a detailed profile of 64 Tibetan intellectuals to the UN Special Rapporteur and urged for necessary inquiry into their cases including information on court proceedings, access to family members etc. These new generation of young Tibetans born and educated under Chinese Communist rule have edited banned magazines and are tech-savvy bloggers imprisoned for gathering, expressing and sharing information about conditions in Tibet especially after the March 2008 demonstrations across Tibet. Their writing challenged the official account of the events of 2008 and situation in Tibet in general. The crackdown on Tibetan artists and intellectuals are the
harshest since the Cultural Revolution.Strict restrictions have been placed on photocopying and printing documents. A public health worker, 41-year-old Wangdu was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2008 for sending e-mail to the outside world. He worked on an HIV/AIDS prevention project for the Australian Burnet medical research institute in Lhasa 81-years-old Paljor Norbu, a Tibetan traditional printer master was arrested on 31 October 2008 and sentenced in a secret trial to seven years in prison. His family ran printing business for generations publishing Buddhist texts for monasteries in the Barkhor area in Lhasa.12 intellectuals were released on fear of custodial death after excessive torture during detention by the Chinese authorities. Due to the severity of the torture some have become physically and mentally dependent on their family members. The whereabouts of about 37 intellectuals are
unknown. There are great concerns for their health. Family members have been intimidated and denied visits to prisons. Four school teachers were expelled and one demoted. A writer and comedian escaped into exile. On 12 June, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, in her address to the European Parliament on the situation in Tibet said, "Over the last three years, an increasing number of Tibetan intellectuals and cultural figures have faced criminal charges or been imprisoned. The EU is worried by restrictions on expressions of Tibetan identity and freedom of expression in Tibet." She said that EU was concerned by the deterioration of the situation in Tibet, as illustrated by the wave of self-immolations and by clashes between the police and the local population since the beginning of the year.The report was filed by The Tibet Bureau based in Geneva, Switzerland- 3 August 2012.
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Runggye Adrak Faces Serious Health Condition In Chinese Prison
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New Instances of China Denying Tibetans Their Rights By Amanda peters,The Tibet Post International.
In 2007, 53-year-old Tibetan, Runggye Adrak fron Lithang county, eastern Tibet picked up a microphone at a Horse Festival and said to the crowd ‘although we are free to move our bodies, we cannot express what is in our hearts’. Photo: TPI By Tibetan Official Media: Tibet.Net
Dharamshala: The 58-year old Tibetan man, Runggye Adrak, who serves his 8-year of imprisonment, is facing serious health condition in Chinese prison and getting worse severely, according to sources from inside Tibet. An incident that happened in Lithang County, eastern Tibet in 2007 was Tibetan nomad, Runggye Adrak's action when he stepped up on the stage at the official Lithang Horse Racing Festival and called for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's return to his country and for the release of the Panchen Lama and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. He also told the crowd that ‘although we are free to move our bodies, we cannot express what is in our hearts'. Monday, August 6, Ven Atruk Tseten, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, told The Tibet Post International (TPI) that since 2007, when Runggye Adrak was arrested by the Chinese Police and later sentenced for eight years of imprisonment, the health of Runggye has worsened severely. Prisoner guards are said to beat Runggye and since his detention, as a result of harsh violence, became deaf and his vision was impaired. Tseten also added that Runggye has strong pain in his arms and legs, can not standup and walk easily. "His family members are not allowed to visit
him and are minimized in meeting him only once a year", he further added. Re-education Campaign in Lithang County Another source from inside Tibet said that the Chinese Government has conducted continuous re-education programs in Dzepa Township, in Lithang County, Kham Region of eastern Tibet, which were declined by local Tibetans. On the 1st and 2nd of August of this year, Chinese Authorities and police in held meetings in three places Dzepa Township in order to ‘reeducate' these people. Authorities have ordered people to denounce His Holiness the Dalai Lama, according to the confirmed source from inside Tibet. However, this re-education program, as the previous similar ones, was refused by Tibetans. Following this unsuccessful attempt, Chinese Authorities and police used the other common strategy- violence. Those who wore traditional Tibetan clothing got them ripped off. Locals were beaten severely and the whole reeducation program resulted in many people being injured, out of which two were sent to the local hospital due to serious wounds, and 10 detained in Dzepa Township. As for today, seven armed police trucks are deployed in the area and people are under heavy repression.
...Causing Tibet Self-immolations; US Rights Report ...... Continues From Front Page State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in remarks summarizing the new report.The report cited tightened restrictions on Buddhist clergy and worship in Tibet and Tibetan areas, saying, "Official interference in the practice of these religious traditions exacerbated grievances and contributed to at least 12 self-immolations by Tibetans in 2011."From the latest report's separate section on Tibet: "There were numerous and severe abuses of religious freedom, including religious prisoners and detainees. Monasteries were increasingly forbidden to deliver traditional educational and medical services to the people of their communities, and official intimidation was used to compel acquiescence and preserve a facade of stability." "New technologies have given repressive governments additional tools for cracking down on religious expression," Mrs. Clinton said. "Members of faith communities that have long been under pressure report that the pressure is rising." "There was a marked deterioration in the government's respect for and protection of religious freedom in the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas, including increased restrictions on religious practice,
especially in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries," the report said."We will continue to advocate for religious freedom. This is a bedrock priority of our foreign policy," said Clinton. In terms of religious freedom as a human right, she said, "the world is sliding backwards."The report said, "Government and CCP control over religious practice and the day-to-day management of monasteries and other religious institutions tightened, particularly at Kirti Monastery, which saw the highest concentration of selfimmolations."The State Department said the Chinese government harassed, arrested or sentenced to prison a number of people for activities reported to be related to their religious practice.Beijing continued to "severely repress Muslims" living in the Xinjiang region (Eastern Turkistan), and there were further crackdowns on Christian house churches, according to the report."The annual report, largely based on unconfirmed media reports and groundless allegations from outlawed groups and organizations with ulterior motives, is nothing but a political tool used by the U.S. government," China said in a statement posted on Tuesday by the state controlled news agency 'Xinhua.'
Dharamshala:- According to recent reports by Tibetan news agencies, a monk was denied representation by lawyers that were appointed by his family. Instead, the Chinese authorities completed his trial using government-appointed lawyers. Jigme Gyatso, a monk from Labrang monastery in the Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan) prefecture of China’s Gansu province, was repeatedly detained and let out over the last six years by Chinese authorities. However, no one has heard from him after his last arrest on 20 August 2011 in Tsoe city, Amdo region of eastern Tibet. In early February of this year Jigme’s brother, Sonam Tsering, received a notice dated January 2 from Kanlho Public Security Bureau, informing him that Jigme Gyatso had been formally charged for instigating people to protest and speak out against Chinese authority. The monk’s family was invited to respond to the notice within 24 hours, but the notice was a month late. The notice also stated that the local police arrested him as soon as they got permission from the government on 15 January 2012. However, the monk was detained five months prior. On 12 July 2012, Jigme Gyatso’s family appointed two Beijing-based rights lawyers, Wang Yajun from the Beijing Gehang law firm and Zhang Kai from the Yijia law firm. They traveled to Gansu to investigate the jailed monk’s case. However, they were informed by the authorities that Lama Jigme had already been tried by the Gannan People’s Court and that the court had appointed two local lawyers to represent him. Thus, no lawyers from Beijing were needed. Denied permission to defend their client, the two lawyers returned to Beijing. Due to lack of sufficient evidence the court has not been able to sentence him yet, said sources. The reports also said that Jigme Gyatso is currently in hospital as his heath condition is very poor.
77th Brithday of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama celebrated in Tibet on July 6 despite heavy crackdowns taking place by Chinese officials across Tibet. Photo: TPI
Restaurant “Asked” To Take Down Photographs Of Famous Free Tibet SupportersOn 3 August 2012, police from Mangra County in Amdo region of eastern Tibet “asked” a Tibetan restaurant, Tsongla, to take down photographs of famous Free Tibet supporters.The restaurant walls were mounted with photographs of famous Tibetan writes, poets, thinkers and other contributors. The police informed the owners that they were not allowed to put up such pictures and if they were not taken done immediately the restaurant would not be allowed to entertain patrons the following day. The officials especially had an issue with a photograph of Tibetan writer, Shadu Rinsang, who wrote the famous article, “My Land and Peaceful Liberation.” The authorities considered him a scammer and a criminal and thus proclaiming his name in Tibetan
society was not allowed.They also wanted his picture taken down because they had a problem with the caption that was written under the photograph. The officials considered it to be politically incorrect. Shadu Rinsang is from Shadu village in Mangra County of Amdo region. He has written several articles about the Tibet issue, his most famous being, “My Land and Peaceful Liberation.” He was first arrested in 2006 for publishing this piece and then later in 2009. At the time of his detention he was beaten harshly by the Chinese authorities. This resulted in him suffering from brain damage that rendered him incapable of normal functioning. After this he was released into the custody of his parents. He is now incapable of taking care of himself and has to be looked after by his family.
Panel Discussion: Reflecting Kalon Tripa's One Year In Office By Amanda Peters, The Tibet Post
Dharamshala: The National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT) organized a public panel discussion at 5:15 pm (IST) on Thursday, August 9. The affair was held at the “Tibetan Day School” in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, the heart of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in exile. The NDPT said that they held the event to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Kalon Tripa (political leader) and his cabinet of ministers in office. Former NDPT President and a member of the Tibetan Parliament, Karma Choephel was the Chief Guest for the evening. There were also other prominent personalities that attended and spoke at the occasion, including the Vice President of the Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet: Lukhar Sham and two former Presidents of the NDPT: Chime Yungdrung and Yangkho Gyal. The event kicked off with all the attendees singing the Tibetan National Anthem, followed by a minute of silence for all the Tibetan heroes and heroines. Soon after, the newly elected NDPT President, Gelek Jamyang, took to the stage. He explained that the NDPT was responsible for publicizing the election of the Kalon Tripa and that they were proud that the candidate they endorsed, Dr Lobsang Sangay, became the political leader of Tibet. “As many Tibetans have apprehensions about the Kalon Tripa coming from a younger generation, we found the need to have a talk that reflected and analyzed the past year's work of the Kashag.” Gelek Jamyang also added that “Another reason for this event was to show the Chinese authorities that the National Democratic Party of Tibet stands firmly behind the election winner.” T h e Vi c e P r e s i d e n t o f t h e G u C h u S u m Movement of Tibet, Lukar Sham, spoke next about the times before and after Dr Sangay held complete political power. “His Holiness the Dalai Lama handed over complete political power to the people of Tibet and it is very important that Tibetans retain this power against all odds. Understanding this, is necessary not only for the current Tibetan exile community, but also for future
Mr Tenzin Samphel Kayta of the Society for Threatened Peoples. Photo: File
generations.” said Lukar Sham. Referring to Tibetan Democracy, he emphasized that it did not exist to challenge the Chinese Government and is not a word that should be thrown about lightly in the Tibetan community. "In reality, all those that intend to take responsibility for the people should stay true to the principles of democracy. We cannot say that Tibet is a democratic nation by just using such words in the Tibetan Constitution. Its principles should actually be implemented and developed.” Next to take the stage was former NDPT President, Chime Yungdrung, who spoke about the general people’s point of view on the Kalon Tripa’s term in office. He also spoke about the great respect and support Tibetans in and outside Tibet have for the Kashag's work during this past year. Finally the Chief Guest for the evening, Karma Choephel, discussed the Kalon Tripa’s term in office, his administration and foreign affair relations. He started with saying that he admired the activities of the new Kashag but then began to critique their work so far. "The Kalon Tripa has not got much administrative working time, due to visiting so many foreign countries, during his first year in office." he
added.Questioning his 'innovation' regarding "health, professional programs and Geshema degrees for Tibetan Buddhist nuns," Choephel said that he can not accept them as forms of innovation, while speaking about the Kalon Tripa's annual report on the 'Three guiding principles' to the Tibetan movement's survival and sustenance. "The Health program was available during the previous administration, as well as, the Geshema degrees existed before," said Mr Choephel. "Those people [professionals] from western countries who are currently volunteering at the CTA, can not be recognised as professionals,' he further stated. Mr Choephel also criticized that the dialogue between Tibet and China was at a halt and that two envoys of His Holiness have resigned recently. "Dr Sangay said that the Tibetan side was ready "anytime anywhere" to restart the dialogue with China. However, the cabinet has not yet appointed the new envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama." The panel discussion ended with a half hour question and answer session, where the participants could ask the panelists their views on specific topics related to the Kalon tripa's annual report.
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Dharamshala: Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) resolved Sunday, August 12, 2012 to launch a major hunger strike in New Delhi to stand in solidarity with Tibetan brethren in Tibet to amplify the voices of the unprecedented number of self-immolations in Tibet. Three Central Executive members, Dhondup L h a d a r, Vi c e P r e s i d e n t ; P e n p a Ts e r i n g , Organisational Secretary and Jigme (Sholpa), Cultural Secretary of TYC are the three participants in the indefinite hunger strike campaign scheduled to be launched on 3rd September 2012. At the end of the 43rd Working Committee Meeting (WCM) which concluded today, TYC members will return to their respective Tibetan settlements with new resolve and rejuvenated spirit to continue with the struggle. T h i s y e a r ' s a n n u a l Wo r k i n g C o m m i t t e e Meeting was held at Bir, Himachal Pradesh from 8th August and concluded on 12th August 2012. Representing 42 regional chapters, 115 members attended the 43rd meeting. The meeting was preceded by a twoday workshop where members were trained on cyber security, strategic planning, media messaging, public speaking, teamwork and grassroots activism. For the inaugural ceremony of the WCM, one of the strongest voices of the Rangzen movement, fondly celebrated as Rangzen father and a former President of TYC, Mr. Lhasang Tsering graced the ocassion as the Chief Guest. The General Secretary, Ms. Tenzin Chokey welcomed the Chief Guest, honourable guests, students from TCV Suja and the delegates to the meeting. The ceremony opened with the observance of a-minute silence for all the brave Tibetan brothers and sisters who sacrificed their lives for the country. The gathering then sang the Tibetan National Anthem after which the TCV Suja school band presented a beautiful rendition of the TYC song. Presiding over dignitaries incuding members of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, heads of TCV
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Exile Tibet Youth Group To Launch A Major Hunger Strike
2012 annual Working Committee Meeting was held at Bir, Himachal Pradesh from 8th August and concluded on 12th August 2012. Representing 42 regional chapters, 115 members attended the 43rd meeting. Photo: TPI
School Suja, representatives from the major monasteries in the settlement and leaders of the Bir Tibetan settlement, Mr. Lhasang Tsering said: "Rangzen is not an option, but our destiny. No one is offering any option nor is Rangzen a choice." Speaking with characteristic passion and fervour he said:
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"Policies may change in time, but destiny of a nation is but naturally - Independence." The President Mr. Tsewang Rigzin in his welcome address asserted the significance of being prepared for the 15th General Body Meeting next year wherein the new Central Executive Committee of the Tibetan Youth
Congress will be elected. He reminded the gathering that Tibet and Tibetan people are currently undergoing one of the most difficult situations and that we should be all the more geared up to sacrifice time, money, skills and if need be even life for the cause. The Vice President Mr. Dhondup Lhadar in his
vote of thanks applauded the achievements and committment of the Chief Guest who has remained resolute and determined in his stand for Rangzen despite the challenges. He also remarked on the significance of the venue of the WCM because of the presence of Suja School wherein majority of the students are from Tibet and five Tibetan settlements in the area. The meeting discussed a wide range of subjects from preservation of Tibetan culture and identity, building new strategies and creative tactics in the struggle. TYC also discussed ways to strengthen its body and increase membership, especially among the Tibetan youth. Security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lhakar Movement and building alliance with other freedom struggles against China were issues that elicited ample discussions. Deliberations on the ongoing critical situation inside Tibet was one of the dominant theme for discussions during the meeting. While the youth encouraged immediate action the elder members advised well-planned strategic action. The 43rd Working Committee Meeting came up with 21 resolutions. Some of the important resolutions taken during this WCM include recognition of the brave acts of the selfimmolators in Tibet as welll as India as the highest form of non-violent action. It resolved to make firm appeals to the Indian Government and the Department of Security to scale up security measures and be more vigilant on devotees seeking audiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama especially the ones from China. It also resolved to make appeals to the Kashag and the Assembly of the Tibetan People's Deputies to revise the goal of the Tibetan Government in Exile to Rangzen.The meeting ended with concluding remarks by the President, Mr. Tsewang Rigzin who reasserted the opportunity we have all been bestowed to work jointly for our cause and the pride to sweat for the restoration of Tibetan Independence.Report submmited by the Office of Tibetan Youth Congress.
Monk in Serta County calls for Return of HH the Dalai Lama to Tibet By Amanda Peters, The Tibet Post
Dharamshala: According to reports from various media outlets and human rights organizations, another monk from Pu monastery in Serta County, eastern Tibet, a 20 years old named Konchok Gyaltsen, who is also known as Kunchok Kyab, has been arrested and detained by Chinese police in Tibet. The incident in which he was arrested happened on the 1st of August, approximately 1 PM Tibet time, according the source from inside Tibet. His protest actions were held at a public park in a town in Serta County and, as a part of his public protest against Chinese actions in Tibet, he threw Longta-a holy paper called "Wind horse" in Tibetan Buddhism which signifies good luck and success. He also shouted the by now well known phrase that His Holiness the Dalai Lama should
Mr Tenzin Samphel Kayta of the Society for Threatened Peoples. Photo: File
return to Tibet and that the Panchen Lama should be released from prison. The Panchen Lama has been in prison since he was five years old, now almost twelve
years ago.The monk also shouted that Tibet needs to be free, after some minutes, the local police and army came to the park and beat the monk viciously according to eye reports from local people. They then arrested and detained him in a police station nearby. As of today, the 2nd of August, his whereabouts is not known.Tibetan people in their homeland Tibet still live with the daily realities of hardship and suppression under China's military invasion since 1959, as well as the threat of imprisonment, torture and disappearances.Since 27 February 2009, there have been confirmed reports of 46 self-immolations in all three traditional provinces of Tibet. This is the longest string of self-immolations to occur in history. Due to Beijing's harsh repressive policies in Tibet, Tibetans have set themselves ablaze to protest against China's repressive policies, demand freedom in Tibet and call for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile.
...Prayer Service Held for Norphel Who Died In Tibet Protest ...... Continues From Front Page
Mr Tenzin Samphel Kayta of the Society for Threatened Peoples. Photo: File
Dharamshala: On July 30, students from different Taiwanese universities sat down with Tibet Post International (TPI) to share their experiences and views about their two week visit to India. Students for a Free Tibet, India in association with Taiwan Friends of Tibet organized their second Tibet awareness program in Dharamsala. The initiative started last year with the aim of introducing Tibetan culture, Tibetan political movement, Tibetan religion and Tibetan community in exile to the young Taiwanese students. Sixteen students along with two professors from five different Taiwan universities: Shih Hsin University, Providence University, National Chengchi University, Taipei National University of Arts and Soochow University arrived at Dharamshala on July 24.A philosophy major from National Taiwan University, Tu Ching Wei, told TPI that he first heard of this program after he got involved with the Free Tibet festival held in Taipei City in March of this year. "Before I came to Dharamsala I thought Tibetans in exile would be going through hard times and unfavorable conditions but I then realized Tibetans are strong, organized and committed to Tibetan freedom struggle, which inspired me a lot." said Meng-huan, a student of Taipei National University of Arts. During their visit here the students met with members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Information and International Relations. They also got acquainted with various NGOs, Men Tse Khang, Monasteries and Tibetan schools. "We visited the Tibetan Institute of Performing
Arts, (TIPA) as well as, heard firsthand accounts of the struggles and adversities faced by many of the ex-political prisoners." said Ko Pei Ching from National Taiwan University Lin Ching Wan, a sociology major from the National Taiwan University said that her most memorable part of the trip was her visit to the Tibetan Children's Village School (TCV). She said, "When we were at TCV we didn't get to audit the classes and see how things worked. However, it didn't matter as we did meet and interact with some of the students, who told us about the way they were taught and showed us the kind of home work they were given." It remains clear that this program has achieved its goal by not only opening the group's eyes to a whole new issue, but also creating an immense feeling among them to want to come back and help with the cause. "Once I get home I will start talking to my friends about the Free Tibet movement, as well as, write papers to share with the general public the information and firsthand accounts that I witnessed in India." Tu Ching Wei also added, "It is important for people to know the real situation and history of Tibet and what the Chinese authorities are portraying is not totally correct. People should have all the information before they form an opinion about the issue."He also said that he plans on starting a campaign for the Tibet movement once he gets home. The program that started on July 18 concluded with an audience with His Holiness the Karmapa at the Gyuto Monastery on 30th July. The students also met with several activists, writers such as Tenzin Tsundue and Bhuchung D Sonam.
U-Tsang region, Central Tibet who recently selfimmolated in Yulshul county, eastern Tibet. Tibetans and supporters living in Dharamshala, and officials of the Central Tibetan Administration were attended the event to express prayers, sympathy, support and solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet, particulaly family members and relatives of those brave tibetans who had sacrificed their precious lives for freedom and all those who continue to suffer in their homeland.A report published by the Central Tibetan Administration said that it has 'organised a prayer service to condole the recent death of 22-year-old Ngawang Norphel, a young Tibetan from U-Tsang, central Tibet and other Tibetans who selfimmolated against the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet.''Ngawang Norphel, 22, a native of Zurtso Truldul village, Menphuk township, Nyanang district, succumbed to severe burn injuries at a hospital in Siling on 30 July. Tenzin Khedup, 24, who also self-immolated with Ngawang Norphel on 20 July, died on the spot.'In a graphic video footage recently obtained by the Central Tibetan Administration, based in India, seriously burned Ngawang Norphel articulates the reasons for their selfimmolation: the survival of Tibetan culture, language, and identity. "[This is] for the sake of Tibet."We are in the land of snow. If we don't have our freedom, cultural traditions and language, it would be extremely embarrassing for us. We must therefore learn them. Every nationality needs freedom, language and tradition," he said. The video footage can be viewed by clicking here. The prayer service on Friday at the 'Tsuglagkhang,' the main Tibetan temple was attended by entire officials of the Central Tibetan Administration. "We express deep condolence and solidarity with all those Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives of the just cause of Tibet," the department of religion and culture said in a statement.Since 2009, atleast 44 Tibetans in Tibet have set themselves on fire in protest at Chinese repressive policies, according to the Central Tibetan administration.'There have been confirmed reports of 46 self-immolations in Tibet since 27
February 2009, the Tibetan female writer, Tsering Woeser told US based Radio Freee Asia Tibetan service, citing that a foreign reporter who recently visited Drakhar Monastery in Minyak Lhagang, Kham region of Tibet witnessed about the self-immolation protest staged by Thubten Nyandak Rinpoche, 45, and his niece, Atse, 23. "There is an unknown confusion when counting the numbers of self-immolations in Tibet," Woeser said.There is still some confusion and misinformation while some
organisations and individuals are confirming such reports, particularly when making their confirmation over reports of death and survival of those Tibetans who have been staged self-immolation protests in Tibet recent years, Mr Nyima T.J, a Tibetan political analyst said. "All of these problems that create the confusions due to the harsh censorship restrictions imposed by Hu Jintao's communist regime, which is known as one of the worst dictatorships in recent history," he added.
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