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China's Vice-President vows to 'smash' Tibetan separatism PDF Print E-mail
[22 July 2011] As part of China's 60th anniversary celebrations marking the so-called 'peaceful liberation' of Tibet, Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping arrived in Lhasa on 18 July for a three-day visit and vowed to "smash" any attempts to destabilise Tibet and fight against "separatist activities" linked to the Dalai Lama.
Obama defies China and meets the Dalai Lama PDF Print E-mail
[18 July 2011] US President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama on 16 July despite warnings from China. The meeting at the White House lasted for 45 minutes and included discussions about the current human rights situation in Tibet, the Dalai Lama's future role and the stalled dialogue between the Dalai Lama's representatives and the Chinese government. The meeting came at the end of the Dalai Lama's two-week trip to the USA.
New wave of protests and arrests in Kardze PDF Print E-mail
[13 July 2011] Dozens of Tibetans have been detained in a new wave of protests in Kardze in Kham, eastern Tibet (Chinese: Ganzi, Sichuan province). Since 6 June, at least 15 separate peaceful demonstrations have taken place, calling for freedom, human rights and for the return to Tibet of the Dalai Lama. At least 39 Tibetans, including senior monks, nuns and laypeople, have been detained. The situation is described as "extremely tense", with an increased security presence in the area, armed troops patrolling the streets, roadblocks at every road junction and restrictions on the movement of local Tibetans.
Wen Jiabao secures UK trade without official tirade PDF Print E-mail
[28 June 2011] Disappointingly, the British government failed to take the opportunity of Wen Jiabaos visit to deliver a strong message that Chinas policies in Tibet and the ongoing abuses of human rights are not acceptable. Though Britain signed trade deals worth 1.4 billion Prime Minister Cameron only managed a weak public statement that human rights are "the best guarantor" for a stable and prosperous society.
EU raises Kirti during Human Rights Dialogue with China PDF Print E-mail
[20 June 2011] The EU and China held the 30th round of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights in Beijing on 16 June. In a statement issued by the EU Delegation to China, it was confirmed that the EU "called on the Chinese authorities to provide full information on the fate and whereabouts of the persons who have disappeared from Kirti Monastery". The statement did not mention if the Chinese delegation responded.
Dhondup Wangchen taken off hard labour PDF Print E-mail
[10 June] News has been received that political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen has been removed from hard labour duties. Though still based in Xichuan Prison (a labour camp), for the past few months Dhondup has been given lighter work. There were concerns for Dhondup's health given the harsh working conditions at the prison and given he has  been torturted and not receiving medical treatment for Hepatitis B, which he apparently  contracted since his detention. His current state of health is not known.
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