Human Rights

Ex-Tibetan political prisoner Tsegon Gyal in serious condition
Human Rights, Politics

Ex-Tibetan political prisoner Tsegon Gyal in serious condition

Former Tibetan political prisoner Tsegon Gyal, who was released after spending three years in a Chinese prison, is in critical condition after having undergone surgery only a month after his release in January last year. “Less than a month after his release on 6 December 2019, Mr. Gyal was admitted to hospital where he underwent gallbladder surgery to clear up the blockage of the cystic duct on 14 January this year. His condition is said to be critical,” the Dharamshala based Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy said Monday. Gyal was released in December 2019 after spending three years in the Dongchuan prison in Xining, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. He was convicted on 10 January 2018 on charges of 'inciting separatism.' He was sentenced for publishing a blog ...
How China Represses Tibetan Buddhist Nuns, ‘Erasing’ Identity
China, Human Rights, Politics, Religion

How China Represses Tibetan Buddhist Nuns, ‘Erasing’ Identity

With the increasing indoctrination and surveillance of Tibetan Buddhists, women practitioners/nuns have been suffering under the 'sinicization' agenda of the Chinese State. The voices of Tibetan women practitioners are increasingly being suppressed under the Chinese colonial discourse of Tibetan women's emancipation'. The Opposing Narrative About Tibetan Women's Status In contrast to the propagandistic and skewed projection - by State media - of Tibetan women as being empowered' and 'uplifted' under Communist rule in China, the larger question of Tibetan women's religious practitioners' challenges under President Xi Jinping's 'sinicization' is to be questioned. The State's mandated policy of how religion should function obstructs the way in which Tibetan nuns practice and uphold their reli...
Dalai Lama congratulates WFP 2020 Nobel Peace Prize winner for aiding ‘vulnerable and needy’
Human Rights

Dalai Lama congratulates WFP 2020 Nobel Peace Prize winner for aiding ‘vulnerable and needy’

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, congratulated the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security, which won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. The World Food Program (WFP) is helping the most 'vulnerable and needy,' he said.   The Tibetan Nobel Laureate said in a letter addressed to David Beasley, Executive Director of the foundation, "This is a recognition of the foundation's crucial role in reducing hunger in the world." “Through its actions to address poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, whether they arise due to conflict or natural disasters, the WFP is bringing help to the most vulnerable and needy. It brings peace and comfort where often there is only desperation,” it read. The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s award citation stated that “the need for internati...
The Tibetan Glory 55 years and Counting
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The Tibetan Glory 55 years and Counting

Tsering Qoipei, in Gangsha village of Burang County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region; Qoipei makes a bed in a hotel at the foot of Mount Kangrinboqe. Many Gangsha residents earn a living by providing tourist facilities there.   It is worth remembering, in the 55th year of the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region and the adoption of the socialist system, the significant achievements made by Tibet in a number of fields.   Another one, Cangqung and her son Qoipei Cering in the Mingma village of Lhaze County, Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region; members of the troupe work for Mingma residents at the relocation site. In 2016, all Mingma residents moved to a new village in search of growth. Since then, Cangqung and her family members have now had access to a recreation...
Destruction of Buddhist Education Institutes in Tibet – Will China answer?
China, Human Rights

Destruction of Buddhist Education Institutes in Tibet – Will China answer?

When the legendary Lama Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok founded the Serther Institute, commonly known as the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, in the heart of the Kham region in 1980, he never expected the Chinese extremists to smash this dream soon after his death. The life of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok was full of miracles. It is said in ancient Tibetan legends that when he came out of his mother's womb, he was in a meditation position and recited Manjushri's Mantra. He used to dream of a place where people from all over the world could come to learn Tibetan Buddhism. He, therefore, chose a location at an altitude of over 13,000 feet, which was full of harmony and tranquility, and he named it "City in the Sky." The place that began with a few hundred students later became the largest center of Mahayana Budd...
About 40 nations rebuke China’s human rights policies in Xinjiang, Tibet
China, Human Rights

About 40 nations rebuke China’s human rights policies in Xinjiang, Tibet

On Tuesday, a cross-regional group of 39 United Nations member countries issued a stinging public condemnation of systematic human rights abuses by the Chinese Government, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, and expressed serious concern about the effect of its new national security law on human rights in Hong Kong. The United States, several European countries, Japan, and others have called on China to allow "unfettered entry" to Xinjiang for independent observers, including UN human rights leader Michelle Bachelet, and to urgently refrain from detaining Uighurs and representatives of other minorities. The 39 countries also urged China to "keep autonomy, rights, and freedoms in Hong Kong and support the independence of the Hong Kong judiciary" in a joint statement read at the General Assemb...
Harder times for Tibet as China ups the Anti factor
China, Human Rights, Politics, Religion

Harder times for Tibet as China ups the Anti factor

With monks and nuns perceived to be the 'trouble makers' of the CCP cadres, the seventh Tibet Work Forum held in Beijing recently focused on religion. 'Re-education' and 'patriotism' drives directed at them have been ongoing in Tibet for a few years now. The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has witnessed substantial high-level activity this year, culminating in the Seventh Tibet Work Forum held in Beijing on 28-29 August 2020. This platform heralds a new and tougher age for Tibetans, concentrating on 'patriotic education,' adapting Tibetan Buddhism to 'socialism with Chinese characteristics' and combating 'separatism' and 'Dalai clique.' The infiltration of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) into every village and hamlet in the TAR will be accelerated. Efforts to improve national unity would s...
Tibetan Internet Icon burned alive in China
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Tibetan Internet Icon burned alive in China

In a horrifying case reported in China, a 30-year-old Tibetan woman was brutally burned alive while on social media.Although the name of the social media star has not been released, the word Ram is known in local media. She was a 30-year-old Tibetan woman from Sichuan province in southwest China and was a popular blogger known to make videos of her daily adventures in the nearby mountains. Her picture is that of a healthy, sweet, sincere girl, who often sings and dances in front of a camera, sharing videos reflecting a happy life in the countryside. In an unfortunate incident on September 14, while she was live-streaming a video, her ex-husband hurled into the house armed with a cleaver of meat, dubbed her with petrol, and set fire to the house. The assault allegedly left the vlogger with ...
India’s China Dilemma Solution: Free Tibet?
Human Rights, Politics, Religion

India’s China Dilemma Solution: Free Tibet?

India has had a wound around its Himalayan neck since it suffered a crushing loss against China in 1962. The latest clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galwan Valley on 15 June just poured salt into the wound. This is because when China invaded neighboring Tibet in 1950, India was in the hands of the newly formed communist regime under Mao Zedong after a bloody revolution. Ignoring its civilizational relationship with Tibet, India hoped to benefit from the rising power of the People's Republic of China and thus celebrated "Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai," the famous slogan of the time, which translates as "Indians and Chinese are brothers." After 1962, the Chinese army stood on India's doorstep for thousands of kilometers in the Himalayas. Proverbially, this boundary was guarded by jus...
PLA employs Tibetans into technical, professional ranks
China, Human Rights, Religion

PLA employs Tibetans into technical, professional ranks

In the midst of continuing border tensions with China in eastern Ladakh, reports have emerged that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is recruiting Tibetan civilians for "technical" and skilled positions in its ranks. While China's Western Theater Command did not comment on the development itself, but Chinese experts argued that the move was part of a routine recruitment strategy, the evaluations here indicate that the PLA is seeking to deploy local Tibetans after being constrained by the Indian Army's mirror deployment in Ladakh. The Tibetans being recruited are being absorbed into the posts of kitchen workers, drivers, supervisors, software technicians, spectrum monitors, and other roles, but they have been secretly combated for allegedly deploying the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the...