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Over 100 UK election candidates pledge support for Tibet
[24 April] Tibet Society's Vote Tibet campaign is gaining momentum, with over 100 parliamentary candidates having already signed the pledge to use their position as an MP to support Tibetans' human rights if elected on 7 May... View list by: name, party or constituency I Take Action: call on your candidate to take the pledge

Chinese authorities detain relatives of self-immolator
[21 April] A layman and former monk in Ngaba county has become the third Tibetan to self-immolate in 2015. Neykyab self-immolated next to a shrine dedicated to the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. The authorities have since confiscated his body and detained two of his relatives... read more I Take Action

China refuses to hand over body of Tibetan nun self-immolator
Yeshi Khando[14 April] A nun from Kardze county has become the second Tibetan to self-immolate in 2015. Following the incident, which took place on 8 April, the Chinese authorities confiscated the body and have refused to hand it over to the relatives, denying them the right to a traditional funeral... read more

UK appeases China by "not supporting Tibet independence"
FCO report cover[19 March] The UK government has used its annual human rights report to appease China by reiterating its policy on Tibet. The statement, which includes the phrase "[the UK] does not support Tibetan independence", appears at the start of the Tibet section. Not only is it irrelevant to the report, it is contrary to Tibetans rights of freedom of self-determination and expression...
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Uprising Anniversary 2015 report: "Let Tibet flourish"
Tibet Freedom March 2015[12 March] Tibetans and Tibet supporters in the UK marked 1959 Tibetan National Uprising anniversary with a series of events. On 7 March, the Tibet Freedom March and Rally took place in London; on 10 March, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey; plus further events were held around the UK, including in Northampton and Norwich...
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Occupation of Tibet: a "damning indictment" on world politics
Tibet Society logo[9 March] PRESS RELEASE:
On the occassion of the 56th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising, Tibet Society calls China's continued occupation of Tibet and brutal oppression of the Tibetan people a "damning indictment" of world governments' commitment to human rights... read press release

Tibetan nomad self-immolates prior to Uprising anniversary
Norchuk[9 March] A nomad has self-immolated in eastern Tibet, becoming the first Tibetan to self-immolate in 2015. The protest came just a few days before the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising. Also, a teenage monk has been detained in Ngaba for staging a peaceful solo protest...
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Saturday 7 March 2015: Tibet Freedom March & Rally
Tibet Freedom MarchCommemoration of 56th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising. Show your support for freedom and justice for Tibet and express solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet. London March & RallyUK events I Global events

China in show of strength in run-up to Tibet Uprising anniversary
Chinese security at Kumbum[6 March] Chinese security forces have been deployed in large numbers in Tibetan areas of Gansu and Qinghai, in an apparent show of strength to deter protests. It is timed to coincide with a series of major Tibetan festivals and anniversaries, including the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising on 10 March...
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Tibetans face new restrictions on religion and expression
Young monks[27 February] Chinese authorities in Qinghai are further restricting Tibetans' rights to freedom of religion and expression. Young monks have been banned from returning to their monasteries and new regulations prohibit Tibetan language activities and drawing, writing and singing about Tibetan independence...
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Losar Tashi Delek! Happy Tibetan New Year!
Losar 2015[19 February]
Tibet Society wishes all its members and supporters a Happy Tibetan New Year (Losar). In the Tibetan calendar this year is 2142, the Year of the Wood Sheep. Find out more about Losar, its traditions and characteristics of Wood Sheep  from our sister organisation Tibet Relief Fund

Tibet Society facilitates 'historic' discussion on Tibet in UK
Tibet Society logo[12 February] Earlier this week, Tibet Society organised a meeting with politicians, academics and activists to discuss how to take the Tibet issue forward, particularly in the UK. The meeting was described as 'historic' by participants and it was suggested the format could be replicated in other countries... read more

Dalai Lama and Obama in first public appearance together
President Obama[11 February] On 5 February, the Dalai Lama and President Obama appeared together in public for the first time. The Dalai Lama was attending an event hosted by the President at the White House. China criticised the encounter saying it would have "negative consequences" and would "dampen" relations...
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Tibet ranked ‘Worst of the Worst’ for political and civil rights
Freedom House logo[29 January] In a report on freedom in the world in 2014, Tibet has ranked alongside North Korea, Syria and Saudi Arabia as one of the world's most repressed societies. The Freedom House report included references to the Chinese government's increased restrictions on ethnic minorities and grassroots activists...
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2015: A year of opportunities
Tibet Freedom March[27 January] The next 12 months present a series of opportunities for Tibet supporters in the UK. The Dalai Lama is rumoured to be appearing at Glastonbury, the Chinese President is expected for a State Visit, and there are plans for a Tibet-related campaign in the run-up to the General Election...
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Police shoot into crowd of Tibetans following self-immolation
Kalsang Yeshe[9 January 2015] At least two Tibetans were injured after Chinese police fired into a crowd following a self-immolation protest in eastern Tibet. The incident took place on 23 December. The self-immolation, by a monk who died from his injuries, was the third in an eight-day period...
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Tibetan nomad teenager dies after self-immolation protest
Tsepey Kyi[23 December 2014] A 19 year-old female nomad has become the second Tibetan to die this month from self-immolating. Tsepey Kyi set fire to herself on 22 December in Ngaba county, Amdo. She died at the scene. Sources say her protest was "against China’s repressive policies"...
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Tibetan dies after ninth self-immolation protest of 2014
Sangyal Khar[19 December] On 16 December, a Tibetan father of two became the ninth Tibetan to self-immolate in Tibet this year. Sangyal Khar's protest took place outside a police station in Amchok. Reports indicate that Chinese police confiscated the body and have refused to hand it over to his family...
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Tortured prisoner dies two days after being released
Tenzin Choedak[16 December] On 5 December,
Tibetan political prisoner Tenzin Choedak died two days after being released from prison. He had served less than six years of a 15-year sentence and was in extreme ill-health when he was released. It is suspected he died of injuries sustained from torture and maltreatment... read more

UK policy on Tibet comes under attack during parliament debate
House of Commons logo[11 December] On Human Rights Day, the issue of Tibet and freedom of expression was debated in the UK parliament. MPs criticised the UK's policy on Tibet and its relationship with China. The government's response was weak, gave no indication of a more robust approach and seemed to use language to appease Beijing... read more

Human Rights Day VigilHuman Rights Day solidarity vigil
[10 December] A candle-lit vigil was held outside the Chinese Embassy in London, in solidarity with all Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hong Kongers and Chinese oppressed by the Chinese regime... see details on facebook

Tibet to be debated in UK Parliament on Human Rights Day
House of Commons logo[5 December] A parliamentary debate on Tibet is due to take place on Wednesday 10  December, Human Rights Day. The debate, titled "Tibet and Freedom of Expression", will be led by Fabian Hamilton MP. Action: contact your MP and encourage them to join the debate. Attend the debate or watch online...
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US diplomat: No freedom for Tibetans in Tibet
Sarah Sewall[28 November] A top US government official has said there is no freedom for Tibetans living under Chinese rule. The US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues made the statement after meetings with the Dalai Lama, the Sikyong (Prime Minister in exile) and Tibetan refugees who had recently fled Tibet...
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Two monks jailed for protesting with hand-drawn Tibet flags
Lobsang Gyatso[19 November] Two monks have been jailed for up to three years for staging peaceful solo protests, involving hand-drawn versions of the banned Tibet flag and shouting slogans calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet...
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China jails eight Tibetans for links to self-immolation protest
Dolma Tso[18 November] Eight Tibetans have been imprisoned for up to five years by the Chinese authorities for an alleged association with a self-immolation protest. One of the accused is said to have protested their innocence during the trial despite suffering torture and beatings during an 11-month detention...
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Twelve-year sentence for monk who 'incited protests'
Tsangyang Gyatso[11 November] A senior monk has been jailed for 12 years by the Chinese authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region for allegedly inciting others to protest against Chinese rule. There are concerns for Tsangyang Gyatso's well-being and that he did not receive due process...
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Reporting from a state-controlled trip to Tibet
Lhasa-RTE[29 October] Irish broadcaster RTE has transmitted several reports from Tibet. RTE was participating in a state-controlled media trip, described as "carefully choreographed". RTE challenged the authenticity of China's version of Tibet, saying a true picture "remains out of reach"...
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Khenpo Kartse's lawyer: charges “not compatible with reality”
Khenpo Kartse in detention[20 October] UPDATE: According to a Radio Free Asia source, senior monk Khenpo Kartse was sentenced to two and a half years in a secret trial that took place two to three months ago in Chamdo. Khenpo's lawyer has said the charges were “not compatible with reality"...
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Senior monk sentenced to two years' imprisonment
Khenpo Kartse[17 October] BREAKING NEWS: Khenpo Kartse, a senior monk and prominent community leader from Yushu, eastern Tibet, has been sentenced to two years in prison. Details of the trial are not yet known. Khenpo was originally detained in December 2013 on spurious charges...
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UN human rights chief in talks to visit Tibet
Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein
[17 October] The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said, in his first media briefing, he is "discussing the issue" of visiting Tibet with Chinese officials. Tibet Society calls on China to give the High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein unfettered access to all regions of Tibet... read Reuters report

What do the Hong Kong protests mean for Tibet?
Hong Kong protests[16 October] The democracy protests in Hong Kong have reignited interest in political reform for China. Commentators are already considering the long-term impact on the Chinese government and the ethnic minorities under its rule...
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Tibetans openly call for release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
Golog gathering[16 October] Tibetans in Lithang have held a prayer ceremony calling for the release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. Speeches criticised Chinese officials for the imprisoned monk's plight...
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Recent news from Tibet: China's continued clampdown
Lobsang Gendun[10 October] China's continued disregard for human rights and the rule of law in Tibet is exemplified by a number of recent cases. Peaceful protestors have been fired upon by security forces, arrested and handed harsh prison sentences. Also, three detainees have been tortured by drunken police officers... read more

Two self-immolations in Tibet; first in five months
Lhamo Tashi[7 October] Two Tibetan men have self-immolated in recent weeks, the first such protests in Tibet since April. Lhamo Tashi died from his injuries while Kunchok remains in critical condition. Both were protesting against China's oppressive policies. There have now been 132 self-immolations in Tibet in the past five years...
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Standing up for Hong Kong democracy in London
Hong Kong protest[1 October] Press Release: A coalition of Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese activists and organisations, including Tibet Society, calls on China to allow real freedom and democracy for the people of Hong Kong and to release all political prisoners, including Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Ilham Tohti... read press release

Hong Kong solidarity protest in London
Hong Kong protest[30 September] Tibet Society, as part of Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK, supports the call for democracy in Hong Kong. Join the protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London, 7pm-10pm, Wednesday 1 October...

China's contempt for the rule of law in Tibet: report
Tibet Society logo[12 September] Tibet Society has handed in a report to the UK Foreign Office outlining recent cases in Tibet where the Chinese government has blatantly disregarded the rule of law. Tibet Society has asked for these cases to be raised with Chinese officials in upcoming meetings and dialogues... read more I download report

Senior lama blesses Tibet Society's new office
Office blessing[11 September] On 8 September, Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund's new office in Haggerston, London, was officially opened with a blessing by senior lama Chime Rinpoche. Guests included Chonpel Tsering, the newly appointed Dalai Lama's Representative for the UK and Northern Europe...
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Defiant monk jailed for five years
Jigme Guri[9 September] Jigme Guri, a monk from Labrang monastery renowned for speaking up against China's oppressive policies in Tibet, has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment for "splittist activities". Jigme Guri has been in detention since August 2011. The exact reason for his arrest is still not known...
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Loshu: two more deaths, detainee beaten, two arrested for photos
Sershul protest[4 September] Update: Further details have emerged from Loshu; a Chinese policeman died from 'friendly fire' in the 12 August  incident; the wife of a detainee has committed suicide; a woman has been severely beaten whilst in detention; and, two men have been arrested for taking photos of the protest... read moreTake Action

Imprisoned Tibetan lama found to be in serious ill-health
Phurbu Rinpoche[28 August] A senior Tibetan lama, in custody since 2008, has been found in serious ill-health due to torture and harsh prison conditions. In other news from Tibet, a monk has been jailed for nine years on unknown charges and a blogger has been detained for criticising China's welfare policies in Tibet...
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Three more Tibetans die from injuries after Loshu shooting
Sershul protest[20 August] UPDATE: The death toll from the Loshu incident on 12 August has reached five, as three more Tibetans have succumbed to their injuries. One of the dead is the uncle of Wangdak, the village chief whose initial arrest prompted the protest in Loshu, eastern Tibet... read moreTake Action

Take action on the shooting of protestors in Loshu
Sershul protest[19 August] Write to Chinese officials calling on the authorities in Loshu to provide medical treatment for those injured during the violent suppression of the 12 August protest, and to release all those detained. Join the vigil in London at 6pm on Wed 20 August to express solidarity with Tibetans in Loshu... Take ActionJoin the vigil

'Unanimous approval' at Chinese forum on Tibet rejected
Lhasa forum[18 August] A state-run forum in Lhasa, attended by international delegates including the UK's Lord Davidson, ended with a declaration that Tibetans live in "social harmony" and "enjoy a happy life". However, the claim of unanimous approval for the declaration was rejected by a New Zealand politician in attendance...
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Two deaths after protest shootings; injured denied treatment
Sershul protest[18 August] Two Tibetans involved in the Loshu protest on 12 August have died, one from untreated wounds, the other committed suicide whilst in detention. There are accusations the Chinese authorities are denying medical treatment to those injured during the protest... read moreTake Action
Chinese police open fire on Tibetan protestors; ten injured
Sershul protest[15 August] At least ten Tibetans were seriously injured when Chinese police fired into a crowd of protestors in Sichuan province on 12 August. The protestors were calling for the release of a detained village leader. Many Tibetans have been detained, as security is tighented in the region...
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Senior UK politician tells China media 'people live happily' in Tibet
[14 August] Lord Davidson, whilst attending an international forum in Lhasa, has been quoted by Chinese state media as complementing the development of Tibet, saying "people live happily", and criticising western media for painting a distorted picture of Tibet. It is not clear if the remarks were taken out of context... read more

Greenpeace exposes illegal mining on Tibetan plateau
Muli coalfield (Greenpeace)
[8 August] Chinese-owned open-pit coal mines are endangering the fragile ecosystem of the Tibetan plateau and some are operating illegally in protected nature zones, according to a new report published by Greenpeace... read more

Harsh jail sentences for protestors; detainees "severely beaten"
[7 August] China has jailed six Tibetans for up to 12 years for taking part in anti-mining protests; eight Tibetans have been sentenced for up to nine years for alleged links to a petrol bomb explosion; and a further group of Tibetans have been "severely beaten" whilst in detention... read more

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