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China jails three Tibetans on charges of 'splitting' China

China jails three Tibetans on charges of 'splitting' China | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Three Tibetans have been sentenced in a Chinese court in Amdho region of Tibet to long prison term on charges of "state subversion", after they allegedly "spread text and images" related to Tibetan independence, according to a report by the state controlled media 'People's Daily.'


On March 18, 2013, the so called Chinese 'Intermediate People's Court' in eastern Tso-ngon in Amdho region of Tibet (Haidong Prefecture in Qinghai Province) sentenced Jigmey Thabkhe to five years in prison, his civil and political rights deprived for three years. Kalsang Dhondup had his rights removed four years and a six year jail term, Lobsang to 4 years, his civil and political rights deprived for two year on charges of "state subversion."

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10 Tibetan Buddhist women you need to know - HuffPost

10 Tibetan Buddhist women you need to know - HuffPost | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Many of us dream of exchanging our day-to-day responsibilities for a heartfelt life full of purpose, but few of us ever get around to doing something about it. The women featured here are the exception.

 

Here are ten extraordinary female teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, who have transformed the way Buddhism is viewed in America. More information in the new book "Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West" http://www.dakinipower.com

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China police accuse Tibetan of killing wife amid latest 'self-immolation protest'

China police accuse Tibetan of killing wife amid latest 'self-immolation protest' | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Chinese authorities have accused a Tibetan man of murdering his wife, in response to reports that she self-immolated in protest at Beijing's policies. Critics claim Sichuan authorities detained husband after his refusal to blame self-immolation on 'domestic problems'.

 

An exile group and Radio Free Asia had reported that 30-year-old Kunchok Wangmo set fire to herself on 13 March on the main street of Ruoergai county town in Aba county, Sichuan province. Local authorities there revealed recently they had cut off the internet and text messaging, and tightened control over the sale of petrol and painkillers in their attempts to halt the protests.

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Tibetan national customs include horse races ... and paramilitary police?

Tibetan national customs include horse races ... and paramilitary police? | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

State-sponsored repression seems entrenched in everyday life for Tibetans. For those who have any doubts, look no further than an exhibit in the National Museum of China — reportedly the world's biggest museum — flanking Tiananmen Square. It features a multimedia exhibit about the world's highest train ride from Qinghai province to Lhasa that allows visitors to sit in train seats and browse through photos showing everyday life in Tibet.

 

One of those pictures, under the heading "National Customs," shows the Nagqu horse festival in northern Tibet. The foreground shows the horse race, but the detail in the background is telling: dozens of paramilitary police, armed with anti-riot shields and helmets, are standing guard, watching the race. Behind the crowds, more police are stationed in the stands, spaced out at regular intervals, some facing away from the race and looking into the distance for any sign of approaching trouble.

 
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The world looks away as China stonewalls Tibet

The world looks away as China stonewalls Tibet | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Five years after an explosion of unrest on the Tibetan plateau, the region is again in crisis. This time the world is looking away.


Heavy security in Tibet, including riot police patrolling the streets of Lhasa, may help prevent another plateau-wide explosion like that of 2008. But the sight of Tibetans setting themselves on fire, and official attempts to denigrate them, are deepening the region’s wounds. Little chance of resolution is in sight. The weeping monk recalls that, after an earthquake in 2010 in Qinghai’s Yushu county, officials asked some victims what they needed. They replied that they just wanted the Dalai Lama back. "They can control us," the monk says, "but they can’t control our hearts."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-world-looks-away-as-china-stonewalls-tibet-2013-3#ixzz2MyCxQOyQ

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Members of European Parliament briefed on alarming human rights situation in Tibet

Members of European Parliament briefed on alarming human rights situation in Tibet | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Mr Ngodup Dorjee, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the EU with concurrent accreditation to West Europe and the Maghreb, was invited to address the 94th meeting of the all party Tibet Intergroup (TIG) in the European Parliament on Tuesday (26 February).   
 
In his address, Mr Ngodup Dorjee expressed his gratitude to the TIG members and the European Parliament at large for their consistent support to the non-violent struggle of the Tibetan people over the years. He said their efforts had led to the adoption of an impressive number of resolutions on Tibet, expressing deep concern about the deplorable human rights situation in Tibet and displaying support and solidarity with the people of Tibet. This, he said, will no doubt go a long way to reassure the Tibetans in Tibet that the leaders of the free and democratic world have not forgotten them.

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Two Tibetan monks self-immolate near gathering of pilgrims

Two Tibetan monks self-immolate near gathering of pilgrims | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Two Tibetan monks in their early 20s set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule near dozens of pilgrims who had gathered for prayers to mark the end of the Tibetan New Year festival, a Tibet rights group said. Both died. A third monk was taken to a hospital after setting himself alight in a separate incident, another group reported. His condition and whereabouts weren't immediately known.

 

The self-immolations bring the total reported since 2009 to 107.

 

One of the monks, Tsesung Kyab, self-immolated Monday outside a temple in Luqu county in northwestern Gansu province while the other, Phagmo Dundrup, set himself ablaze Sunday at a monastery in neighboring Qinghai province, the Washington, D.C.-based International Campaign for Tibet reported.

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Tibet's growing tragedy: self-immolation protests reach 105

Tibet's growing tragedy: self-immolation protests reach 105 | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Reports emerged on Monday that a Tibetan man had set himself on fire in protest against Chinese rule in his homeland. According to Radio Free Asia, Phakmo Dhondup, self-immolated a day earlier in Amdho (Qinghai in Chinese) Province in eastern Tibet. He was rushed to hospital for treatment, but the extent of his injuries is unclear.

 

At least 105 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the past three years in protest against Chinese rule in Tibetan-populated areas and calling for the return of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. The protests have resulted in at least 88 deaths, according to the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the self-proclaimed Tibetan government in exile based in Dharamshala, India. “We believe the world cannot remain a silent witness to this growing tragedy in Tibet,” the CTA said.

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Two Tibetan teenagers set themselves on fire in Ngaba

Two Tibetan teenagers set themselves on fire in Ngaba | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Two Tibetan teenagers set fire to themselves and died yesterday, February 19, in Dzorge, Ngaba. Seventeen-year old Rinchen and 18-year old Sonam Dargye were from the same village of Gardong and went to primary school together, according to Tibetan Buddhist monks from Kirti monastery in India.

 

The self-immolations began with monks, mostly from Kirti Monastery, in Ngaba. Since then, the profile of Tibetans who have self-immolated has widened. They have included women, middle-aged parents and nomads. Tibetans have self-immolated together a handful of other times, including in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and in Ngaba. 

 

Among the 104 Tibetans who have self-immolated in the PRC since February, 2009, 22 have been 18-years old or younger.

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To the beautiful people of Tibet - A happy and peaceful 2140

To the beautiful people of Tibet - A happy and peaceful 2140 | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

This week marked the arrival of the year 2140 for the people of Tibet. But Losar this year, as for the past 5 years, is celebrated sadly, quietly in private homes, with major state-organised celebrations having been cancelled. The slither of the incoming snake is not  welcomed with once traditional rituals.  Instead, the country mourns and pays respect to the  100 Tibetans who have self-immolated in recent years to protest against Chinese occupation, the last case having only occurred a few days ago.

 

No one feels like dancing and singing anymore,” says Kunga Tashi, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas. In lieu of parties and feasting, he is appealing to Tibetans to mark the passage of the year with silence, candle-lighting and burning incense in memory of those who have lost their lives in protest.

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Chinese mass arrests of Tibetans will not silence the self- immolations pricking the conscience of the world

Chinese mass arrests of Tibetans will not silence the self- immolations pricking the conscience of the world | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Chinese authorities have detained 70 people in a crackdown on self-immolations in ethnic Tibetan regions, state media said on Thursday, the largest single reported sweep of suspects to date as the government tries to stop the unrest.

Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule since 2009 across a large swathe of ethnically Tibetan regions, with most of them dying from their injuries.

In the past few months, the government has begun a new tactic to discourage the protests, detaining and jailing people it deems to have incited the burnings. The latest detentions took place in the northwestern province of Qinghai, where police detained 70 “criminal suspects”, 12 of whom were formally arrested, meaning they will be charged, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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How many self-immolating Tibetans does it take to make a difference?

How many self-immolating Tibetans does it take to make a difference? | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

On Wednesday morning in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, a Tibetan monk drenched in gasoline appeared in front of a Buddhist stupa popular among Tibetans and set himself aflame. At the time of writing, the young man, thought to be in his early 20s, is in critical condition. According to some reports, his fiery protest marks a grim milestone: it’s the 100th such self-immolation by a Tibetan to happen since 2009 (others suggest it’s the 99th or the 101st).

Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/02/13/how-many-self-immolating-tibetans-does-it-take-to-make-a-difference/#ixzz2KtU1rLV8

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Tibetan sets himself on fire in front of shrine in Nepal

Tibetan sets himself on fire in front of shrine in Nepal | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

A Tibetan man set himself on fire in front of a famous Buddhist shrine in the Nepalese capital on Wednesday, police said, becoming the latest Tibetan to adopt this harrowing form of protest over Chinese rule. The man, believed to be in his early 20s, came out of a nearby restaurant doused in petrol and set himself alight in front of the revered Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, said Keshav Adhikari, a police spokesman.

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VIDEO: Dalai Lama speaks about China and self-immolations in Times of India interview

VIDEO: Dalai Lama speaks about China and self-immolations in Times of India interview | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

In an exclusive interview with TIMES NOW, His Holiness The Dalai Lama discusses various issues ranging from the ecology beyond politics, China and self-immolation. The Dalai Lama believes that the change of leadership in China wouldn't help much in regards to the freedom of Tibet. He also said that China can play a more important global role but the trust and respect from other countries is lacking.

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As count reaches 108, Xi unmoved by Tibetan self-immolations

As count reaches 108, Xi unmoved by Tibetan self-immolations | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

As Xi Jinping took official charge of China last week, the deadly toll from self-immolation as a protest against Beijing's hardline policies in Tibet reached 108.


The state-run Global Times newspaper reported last week that Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee received a three-meter-long letter from 108 Tibetan lamas. Xi responded by saying, ''Tibet should find an effective way to maintain long-term stability and realize fast growth so the region can become a society of moderate prosperity along with the rest of the country by 2020.''


The Chinese government says that Tibetans enjoy religious freedom and have greatly benefited from economic progress in the region. It has rubbished any report of turmoil inside Tibet, blaming the Dalai Lama for such acts that it says are pushing a separatist agenda. The exiled leader says he is seeking greater autonomy rather than Tibetan independence. Foreign media have also been under constant attack from Beijing for portraying a negative image of the Himalayan plateau. 


Yet world pressure has seemingly had little affect on Beijing. Frustration over Beijing's attitude looms larger in the exiled Tibetan community, fueling debate on whether the self-immolations have produced more hardline policies from Beijing.

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Tibetan monk self-immolates in protest of Chinese rule

Tibetan monk self-immolates in protest of Chinese rule | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

A U.S.-backed broadcaster says a Tibetan Buddhist monk set himself on fire inside a western Chinese monastery criticized by authorities. Radio Free Asia said 28-year-old Lobsang Thokmey was the 108th Tibetan to have self-immolated in a string of protests against Chinese rule and religious restrictions starting in February 2009. His protest took place on the fifth anniversary of government killings in the area.

Laura Vaz's curator insight, March 17, 2013 5:16 AM

Un moine tibétain âgé de 28 ans, Lobsang Thokmey, est aujourd'hui le 108ème à s'être immolé pour protester contre l'autorité chinoise et ses restrictions religieuses...

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Tibetan Uprising Day reminds us

Tibetan Uprising Day reminds us | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

More than a half century ago, on March 10th, 1959, Tibetans revolted against the Chinese military occupation of Tibet that began in 1951. The revolt ended badly for the Tibetans who suffered from a brutal Chinese crackdown. This caused the Dalai Lama, with the help of the CIA, to flee with his supporters to India. On March 31, 1959, after a grueling 15-day journey across the Himalayas on foot, the Dalai Lama escaped from the Chinese and crossed over to India along with 80,000 Tibetans. Ever since then, March 10th has been commemorated as Tibetan Uprising Day with worldwide protest marches to mobilize support for the Tibetan cause.

 

Even as desperate self-immolations among Tibetans still living in Tibet have increased in the past few years, there seem to be no signs whatsoever of China relenting on its cultural genocide there. At a time when movements like the Arab Spring get mainstream media attention, it is unfortunate that the struggle of the Tibetans seems to be slipping from public consciousness.

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US recognizes Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser with prestigious International Women of Courage Award

US recognizes Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser with prestigious International Women of Courage Award | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

The U.S. State Department announced today that Tibetan writer and blogger Tsering Woeser is a winner of the 2013 International Women of Courage Award. Presenting this year’s award at the March 8 ceremony will be Secretary of State John Kerry and special guest First Lady Michelle Obama.

 

The International Women of Courage Award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated courage and leadership, often at great personal risk, to promote justice and rights. Tsering Woeser is among 10 awardees this year (the list can be found at www.state.gov/s/gwi/programs/iwoc/2013/bio/index.htm.)

 

Tsering Woeser is a writer, blogger, and poet who uses her voice to encourage a public discourse within China on Tibet and to promote Chinese-Tibetan solidarity. While living under virtual house arrest in Beijing, Woeser has used technology and her own creativity and resilience to overcome the obstacles imposed by Chinese censors and report on the Tibetan situation in contemporary People's Republic of China. Her tweets and blog have become a vital source of information on Tibet to analysts and government policy-makers around the world.

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The people of Tibet need help now

The people of Tibet need help now | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Sunday marks the most important date for all Tibetans; those inside Tibet as well as those in diaspora across the globe. March 10 is Tibetan Uprising Day, and we who live in the free world shall protest in front of Chinese consulates and other sites, to amplify our voices on behalf of all who are voiceless inside Tibet.

 

Ever since China's military invasion of Tibet in 1949-1950, the religion, the cultural heritage and sovereignty of the Tibetan people have been severely compromised. The situation inside Tibet deteriorated progressively, year after year following the invasion. The human rights of Tibetans were not honored.

 

"I urge world leaders to give us a hand. We want China to abide by globally-recognized principles of basic human rights and freedoms for the people in Tibet, as enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights." —Thepo Tulku

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Tibetans struggle to preserve the Tibetan language in Tibet

Tibetans struggle to preserve the Tibetan language in Tibet | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Tibetans marked a special day this month to promote the use of traditional Tibetan language in China, calling for a return to a spoken language unmixed with Chinese in an attempt to reassert Tibetan identity, according to sources. The move comes amid reports of a revival of the Tibetan mother tongue in Beijing-governed Tibetan areas.

Flyers posted in advance of the Feb. 21 Tibetan Mother Language Day in Gansu province’s Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture urged readers to “defend their mother tongue and give up impure mixed speech forever,” an area resident told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

Language rights have become a particular focus for Tibetan efforts to reassert national identity in recent years, with Chinese authorities frequently closing language classes taught outside the state-controlled education system and Tibetan students protesting against the use of textbooks written in Chinese.

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UC Berkeley engineers travel to Tibet to bring water

UC Berkeley engineers travel to Tibet to bring water | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

United by a passion for both civil engineering and humanitarian causes, a team of UC Berkeley students is raising money to bring clean water to families in a rural Tibetan village.

 

The eight civil and environmental engineering students are collaborating with Tibetan Village Project, a nonprofit organization that cultivates sustainable growth and cultural preservation in Tibet. As part of a competitive internship organized by TVP, the students will design and implement a water storage and purification system for one family. To access water, Tibetan villagers currently must trek up to an hour each day carrying an oversized jug on their backs.

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Tibetan farmer from nomadic area sets fire to himself in Labrang

Tibetan farmer from nomadic area sets fire to himself in Labrang | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

A 49-year old Tibetan man called Namlha Tsering set himself on fire today in the main street of Labrang, Gansu (the Tibetan area of Amdo), which is not far from Labrang monastery. Images emerged showing a man huddled on the road amidst traffic with his body ablaze. Chinese police and paramilitary arrived quickly on the scene and removed Namlha Tsering. It is not yet known whether he is still alive.Namlha Tsering is the 102nd Tibetan known to have self-immolated in the PRC since February, 2009.

 

Namlha Tsering’s self-immolation follows another self-immolation last week also in Kanlho (Gannan) in Gansu. On February 13, the third day of Tibetan New Year (Losar), Drugpa Khar, a father of three in his twenties, doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire in Amchok town in Sangchu (Xiahe) county.

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China must realize Tibet and Tibetans are a reality

China must realize Tibet and Tibetans are a reality | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

The Chinese authorities, that is the Communist Party of China (CPC), must realistically admit that its minorities especially the Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians are flesh and blood people. Many of the country’s minorities have either disappeared or are too small in number to demand their identity. That, however, is not the case at least for the Muslim Uighurs of Xinjiang (East Turkistan) and Tibet.

 

At the moment, China is in a catch-22 situation on Tibet and the entire Tibetan issue. With its economy, military strength and growing influence, China is a member at the highest table in the world. It has to behave with a certain amount of responsibility. These self-immolations are not only a diplomatic embarrassment for China, but internally too people’s ideas on the Tibet issue may be changing.

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Why Tibet is burning ... new white paper

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From a new White Paper released last month by an institute affiliated with the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India:

 

"The reason [for all the self-immolations] lies in China’s massive policy failure in Tibet over the course of more than 60 years of its rule. The revolution that is brewing in Tibet is driven by political repression, cultural assimilation, social discrimination, economic marginalization and environmental destruction."


"[Tibetans] look on with alarm and fear as Chinese settlers stream into Tibet, taking away Tibetan jobs, land and their very future — and in the process, transforming Tibetan towns and cities into so many Chinatowns … At the same time the Tibetan people see massive development activities undertaken on their land that bring little or no benefit to them and aimed, instead, to cart away Tibetan natural resources to a resource-hungry China. In fact the policies of the Chinese Communist Party demonstrate to the Tibetan people that China wants Tibet but not the Tibetan people."

 

http://tibet.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Whitepaper-Final-PDF.pdf

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Tibetan activists celebrate a hundred-year-old declaration of independence from China

Tibetan activists celebrate a hundred-year-old declaration of independence from China | Tibet Central | Scoop.it

Tibetan activists and support groups around the world are set to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Tibetan Proclamation of Independence from China on Wednesday, with Beijing denouncing the celebrations as a “farce.”


Tibet’s 13th Dalai Lama proclaimed Tibetan independence on Feb. 13, 1913 following a period of domination by China’s Qing (Manchu) dynasty and initiated a period of almost four decades of self-rule that ended when Chinese troops marched into the Himalayan region in 1949.

To mark the anniversary, Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), the Tibetan Youth Congress, the U.S. Tibetan Committee, Tibet House, and Chushi Gangdruk will hold protests on Wednesday in front of the Chinese Mission to the United Nations at St. Vartan’s Park in New York.

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