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MPs criticise UK government policy on human rights PDF Print E-mail
[8 April 2016] The Foreign Affairs Committee has published a report criticising the UK government over its approach to human rights. The report questioned "how energetically the Government is raising human rights issues" adding that there is a "perception" the Foreign Office has deprioritised human rights, citing China as an example.
Jailed Tibetan blogger appeals sentence with assertive letter PDF Print E-mail
[7 April 2016] Shokjang, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment in February on charges of inciting separatism, has written an eloquent and strongly-worded appeal to the Chinese authorities. In his letter, the Tibetan author and blogger not only expressed his innocence but provided remarkable detail of how his actions did not relate to separatism and were actually guaranteed under the Chinese constitution.
"A mere palm cannot hide the sun": Tibet Uprising Day 2016 PDF Print E-mail
[17 March 2016] On 10 March 2016, the 57th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, Tibetans and Tibet supporters gathered in central London for a series of events. The commemorations began with a wreath-laying ceremony at Westminster Abbey, followed by a protest outside the Chinese Embassy and a march through central London. The day culminated with an evening programme of speeches and cultural performances.
Two teenagers self-immolate on same day; one in Tibet, one in exile; both call for independence PDF Print E-mail
[3 March 2016] Two Tibetans have died after self-immolating on 29 February, the first such protests in six months. Kalsang Wangdu, a young monk, died shortly after setting fire to himself in Kardze county in eastern Tibet. On the same day, Dorjee Tsering, a teenage boy living in northern India, also self-immolated. Dorjee died on 3 March. Both Tibetans had called for independence for Tibet during their protests. It is not believed the two incidents were connected.
Tibet second only to Syria for lack of freedom PDF Print E-mail
[5 February 2016] Tibet has been ranked as the second worst place for freedom and human rights in 2015. According to US-based NGO Freedom House, only Syria had a worse ranking on overall freedom than Tibet in the past year. Countries with notoriously poor human rights records, such as North Korea, Somalia and Saudi Arabia, fared better than Tibet.
China omits Dalai Lama from database of "verified" living Buddhas PDF Print E-mail
[22 January 2016] The Chinese government has published a database of verified living Buddhas in what it says is an effort to crack down on fraudulent monks. However, the omission of the Dalai Lama from the list, indicates its true purpose of exerting even tighter control over Tibetan religious activities.
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