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Larung Gar demolitions and evictions recommence PDF Print E-mail
[17 February 2017] Following a short winter break, Chinese authorities have recommenced demolitions and forced evictions at the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in eastern Tibet. Those evicted have been forced to sign pledges never to return and are subject to political re-education classes. In addition, local authorities have introduced new restrictions for those wishing to study at the Institute.
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Tibet: Less freedom than North Korea PDF Print E-mail
[31 January 2017] For the second consecutive year, Tibet has ranked as the second worst place in the world for freedom and human rights, according to a report published by Freedom House. Countries with appalling human rights records such as North Korea and Eritrea ranked better than Tibet; only Syria was considered worse out of the 210 countries and territories assessed.
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Tibetan language advocate indicted, trial imminent PDF Print E-mail
[18 January 2017] Tashi Wangchuk is facing an imminent trial, following the resubmission of his case to the Yushu Intermediate Peoples Court. Tashi, a Tibetan language advocate, was arrested a year ago after The New York Times featured his work.
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Chinas rule over Tibet highly repressive: Human Rights Watch PDF Print E-mail
[13 January 2017] Respected international NGO Human Rights Watch has published its annual World Report on human rights. The report includes a stinging rebuke of Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership, stating "the outlook for fundamental human rights... remains dire." The report highlights China's increased limitations on freedoms of expression, religion and assembly throughout 2016, and states Beijing's rule over Tibet remained "highly repressive".
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Family forced to deny self-immolation was political PDF Print E-mail
[11 January 2017] UPDATE: On 8 December 2016, Tashi Rabten self-immolated in Machu town, eastern Tibet. He shouted slogans including freedom for Tibet, before succumbing to his injuries. His family were detained and interrogated after requesting the return of his body. His wife was forced to sign a document claiming the self-immolation was due to domestic problems and not politically-motivated. At least nine other Tibetans have been detained in relation to the self-immolation.
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Human Rights Day: Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese in solidarity PDF Print E-mail
[13 December 2016] Tibet Society marked Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016 by holding a solidarity vigil with Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese activists and supporters. A letter was delivered to 10 Downing Street, followed by a procession from Downing Street to Trafalgar Square, where a vigil was held.
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Human rights overshadowed by trade at UK-China summits PDF Print E-mail
[28 November 2016] Over the past month, two UK-China Dialogues have taken place in London, one on human rights and the other on trade and economics. Unfortunately, the UK placed considerably more significance on the Economic Dialogue, as signified by the presence of the Prime Minister, whilst the Human Rights Dialogue was left to a newly-appointed junior minister.
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Tibet Society briefs Foreign Office prior to UK-China Human Rights Dialogue PDF Print E-mail
[18 November 2016] Prior to the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue held at the end of October, Tibet Society submitted a report on Tibetan political prisoners to the Foreign Office and briefed the new Minister for Asia and the Pacific on human rights issues in Tibet. It is understood many of these issues were raised during the dialogue, though disappointingly no official statement has been made to confirm this.
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Self-immolations in Tibet PDF Print E-mail
In Tibet, 145 Tibetans have resorted to self-immolating to protest against the Chinese government's oppressive regime; of whom 126 are known to have died. The condition and whereabouts of the others are not known, though some are reported to be in hospital. The first self-immolation took place in February 2009. In 2016, there were three self-immolations in Tibet plus one other by an exiled Tibetan in India.
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2016 News Headlines PDF Print E-mail
News headlines for 2016 with links to articles
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London protest: Global Day of Action for Larung Gar PDF Print E-mail
[22 October 2016] On 19 October, approximately 100 Tibetans and Tibet supporters gathered in London to take part in the Global Day of Action in solidarity with Larung Gar. Approximately 20 protests and actions took place in cities across the world, including Dharamsala, New York, Tokyo and Toronto.
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Larung Gar nuns told to voluntarily leave or face religious ban PDF Print E-mail
[11 October] Update: The Chinese authorities have threatened nuns at Larung Gar with a complete ban from religious studies if they do not volunter to leave. Video footage has emerged highlighting the ongoing expulsions and demolitions. One thousand dwellings have been targeted for demolition by the end of the year. Another Buddhist Institute in eastern Tibet, Yachen Gar is also experiencing mass expulsions.
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Two monks jailed for sharing information about self-immolation PDF Print E-mail
[6 October 2016] Two Tibetans monks who were arrested in connection to a self-immolation in 2015 have each been given 18-month prison sentences in a secret trial. Kelsang Monlam and Jinpa Gyatso were linked to Sangyal Tso's self-immolation protest on 27 May 2015.
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