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Crackdown in Ngaba: monks detained for giving wrong answers in ‘patriotic education’

Crackdown in Ngaba: monks detained for giving wrong answers in ‘patriotic education’ | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
Kirti monks who fail to give‚ 'right answers' in patriotic education class detained. Fears for life of Tibetan prisoner's daughter following interrogation. Disappearances continue in Ngaba...
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The Relation Between Religion and Government in China

The Relation Between Religion and Government in China | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
Nothing damages China's image more than its suppression of religion. The Dalai Lama wields greater international influence than any of China's domestic critics, due in no small part to his image as a spiritual figure. Why does China pursue a policy towards religion that costs it so dearly in terms of international image?
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10 Asian and Asian American Buddhists Who Make a Difference

10 Asian and Asian American Buddhists Who Make a Difference | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
Canyon Sam is a third generation Chinese American activist, author, and playright. She is the author of Sky Train: Tibetan Women On the Edge of History. After spending a year backpacking through China and Tibet when she was in her twenties, Canyon became very involved in advocating for Tibetan human rights and she helped to found the Tibetan Nuns Project.
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No role for the Karmapa

No role for the Karmapa | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
The Dalai Lama has acted shrewdly in giving up his political position and removing the need for a regency... It also means that the 26-year-old 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will not now be become a regent – despite the fact that he has been groomed for this role since his dramatic escape from Tibet in 2000.
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China's forest dwellers have rights; why not grassland dwellers ...

Interviews with nomads from all over the Tibetan Plateau, conducted in recent years by human rights monitoring agencies, show a remarkably consistent picture. Nomads are impoverished by decades of tight regulatory control on herd size, family size, land size, mandatory expenditure on fencing; and now face both incentives and inducements to leave their land altogether.
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Debate over Tibet on American Bar Association China Law Committee

The discussion first delved into a potential legal distinction with the recognition that the relationship between China and Tibet before the PRC “was suzerainty, not sovereignty.” … These observations brought up the first reference to one of the elements of the Montevideo Convention (the “right to conduct one’s own foreign affairs”) and the factors of the Montevideo Convention became a major focus of the discussion … I would point out the related principle of self-determination for all peoples. Tibetans are a “people” and have this right; moreover the widespread protests we are seeing in Tibet right now are indicative that the Tibetan people are demanding this right, which they do not feel they currently have.
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Dalai Lama turns down ceremonial role

Dalai Lama turns down ceremonial role | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
The Dalai Lama on Wednesday turned down pleas from the Tibetan community to accept a ceremonial role in the Tibetan government-in-exile after giving up his position as political leader.
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Undercover and Out-Of-Sight

Talking of censorship, what on earth is going on with TrueVision, UK Channel Four Television or Google with respect to the acclaimed 2008 Dispatches film ‘Undercover in Tibet’? Visitors to sites which formerly presented this video may have noticed that it appears to have been removed. Such an important and ground-breaking film, which would not have been possible without the sacrifices and courage of Tibetans inside Tibet, demands the widest public exposure as a powerful tool to advance the cause of human rights and ...
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Chinese State Media Cites ICT on China’s Failed Promises

Chinese State Media Cites ICT on China’s Failed Promises | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
I was pleasantly surprised to be cited this morning by the Chinese state media in an opinion piece in China Daily referring to the ICT statement on the 17-Point Agreement.
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Earthquake's aftershocks shake Tibetan way of life in Yushu prefecture

Earthquake's aftershocks shake Tibetan way of life in Yushu prefecture | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
Reconstruction work has added to unease over Beijing's policies and fuelled tensions between Tibetans and Chinese settlers... The shock caused by the quake itself and the subsequent opening to the outside world has revived deep-rooted resentment.
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Situation Remains Tense in Tibet, Increased Military Deployment

Situation Remains Tense in Tibet, Increased Military Deployment | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
The current situation still remains tense in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet as the Chinese authorities continue to arrest Tibetan monks. Thousands of armed Chinese police and paramilitary forces were deployed and foreign reporters have been banned from entering Tibet since the protests following Phuntsok's self-immolation which coincident with the 3rd anniversary of violent protests against Chinese rule in Tibet.
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Say no to the propaganda offensive against Tibet

Say no to the propaganda offensive against Tibet | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
“Tibet Cultural Week” this is how it was presented by the Chinese embassy in Rome: an initiative of pure propaganda aiming at soothing western public opinion on the current conditions in Tibet and those of its people. It’s a true historical mystification when you consider that Tibet has been suffering for sixty years from Chinese military occupation and that Chinese authorities, in these last years, have really made an effort to erase Tibetan culture and language.
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International Tibet Network report: '17 Points of Disagreement'

International Tibet Network report: '17 Points of Disagreement' | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
On Monday 23 May 2011 China will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 17 Point Agreement. This document, signed in 1951 by China and by the Tibetan Government under duress, consolidated China's military invasion of Tibet. China sickeningly calls this the anniversary of the "peaceful liberation" of Tibet. In response to China's propaganda drive, the International Tibet Network and its Members have prepared a short report and website: '17 Points of Disagreement: 60 Years of China's failed policies in Tibet".
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6 Tibetan girls vie for 10 year old Miss Tibet crown

6 Tibetan girls vie for 10 year old Miss Tibet crown | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
Despite the controversies and disapproval from a section of the Tibetan community, the 10th season of the Miss Tibet Pageant commenced on Friday with six brave and beautiful contestants hailing from India, Australia, Switzerland and the US. The girls participating in the contest include Chemi Lhazom, Dolma Tsering and Tenzin Sangmo from India, Ngodup Dolma from Australia, Tenzin Yangkyi from Switzerland, and Tenzin Khecheo from the United States.
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The Hardliners' Approach to Tibet

The Hardliners' Approach to Tibet | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
China’s reaction to Dalai Lama’s decision to transfer his political power to the elected leaders is nothing more than the same old hardliner rhetoric; dismissing the existence of Tibetan people rights to self-determination. Ironically, Beijing starts to question the legitimacy of democratically elected new leaders and the legality of the Central Tibetan Administration.
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Another Kirti monk detained, 'Patriotic Reeducation' continues

Chinese authorities in Tibet's Ngaba County have arrested a 27 year old Tibetan monk of Kirti monastery on May 19, a Tibetan source living here said.
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An Open Door for Tibet?

An Open Door for Tibet? | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
China's invitation to the Dalai Lama to go home could set the stage for a negotiated solution on Tibet, writes Mary Beth Markey in the Wall Street Journal... Every day, Tibetans risk their lives to speak up for the Dalai Lama's return and against Chinese policies that constrain their free access to their spiritual leader. But Beijing so far hasn't budged. The last request made by the Dalai Lama to return, to be with his people after a devastating earthquake in Tibet two years ago, was left unanswered. So it's interesting that a Communist Party official said last week that the door is open for the Dalai Lama to go home anytime he likes—subject to certain conditions, of course.
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Tibet Press Watch Spring 2011: "It is up to the Tibetan people"

Tibet Press Watch Spring 2011: "It is up to the Tibetan people" | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
Friends and supporters of the International Campaign for Tibet know our mission is to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the Tibetan people. As the Chinese government presses its aggressive assimilation policies in Tibet, the most keenly noted among these rights is the right of self-determination, widely understood as the right to participate in the democratic process of governance and to influence one's future - politically, socially and culturally.
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Tibetan Language: UN Human Rights Experts’ Urgent Intervention with China

According to documents made available before the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council, four human rights experts of the Council, on 22 October, 2010 issued a joint urgent appeal to China “regarding allegations relating to restrictions imposed on the use of the Tibetan language in schools in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of China.”
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Two views of a 60th Anniversary

Two views of a 60th Anniversary | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
As China marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the infamous 17-point Agreement, Tibetans say they were coerced to sign it. [Photo: The Tibetan delegation led by Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme signing the 17-Point agreement in Beijing, China, on 23 May 1951.]
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Tibet's 60 years: Liberation from what, from whom?

Tibet's 60 years: Liberation from what, from whom? | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
As China marks 60 years of Tibet's 'liberation', Claude Arpi lifts the veil off the propaganda surrounding the event
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Tibetans Implore His Holiness to Assume the Role of Ceremonial Head of State

The landmark Tibetan National General Meeting which successfully concluded today unanimously approved a proposal to request His Holiness the Dalai Lama to assume the role of Ceremonial Head of State ...
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Chinese Forces Detain 300 Tibetan Monks for a Month

Security forces have detained about 300 Tibetan monks from a monastery in southwestern China for a month amid a crackdown sparked by a monk's self-immolation, two exiled Tibetans and a prominent writer said, citing sources there... The detentions come as China's ruling Communist Party celebrates 60 years since the "peaceful liberation" of Tibet, and underscores the government's struggle to win the hearts and minds of Tibetan people across the country.
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BBC Interview: Lobsang Sangay asked whether Tibetan unity will now fracture

BBC Interview: Lobsang Sangay asked whether Tibetan unity will now fracture | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
Lobsang Sangay was recently elected to head the Tibetan exile movement and must now lead his people's struggle for greater autonomy from Beijing. He has an impressive record as a scholar in the United States, but he has never actually set foot inside Tibet. BBC's Hardtalk asked him whether Tibetan unity will fracture as the leadership passes to a new generation. [Video]
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Historic Tibetan National General Meeting Commences

Historic Tibetan National General Meeting Commences | Tibet Central | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Tibetan delegates representing Tibetan community from across the globe have begun discussing amendments to the Charter on the devolution of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's administrative and political powers and responsibilities to the elected leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration.
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