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October 2015: Round-up of Tibet-related news PDF Print E-mail
[5 November 2015] A compilation of news from Tibet during October, plus international developments relating to Tibet, key statements and interviews. Includes arrests in Tibet, the Dalai Lama's interview with The Big Issue and British MPs condemning the government's policy over prioritising trade over human rights.

2 October: Tibetan protester freed from prison in Gansu

Lakyab was arrested in 2008 for his role in protests challenging Beijings rule. He was released on 30 September having served seven years of an unknown sentence after developing medical conditions which are believed to have resulted from torture. (RFA)

5 October: Teenage solo Tibetan protester detained
Lobsang JamyangA 15 year-old monk from Kirti monastery, Lobsang Jamyang (pictured right), was detained on 23 September 2015, after protesting in Ngaba. He called for the return of the Dalai Lama and for freedom for Tibet. His current condition and whereabouts are not known. (TCHRD)

5 October: Dalai Lama Interview: I am a refugee"
The Big IssueThe Big Issue interview with the Dalai Lama. Topics covered include China's crackdown on freedom of expression, the Syrian refugee crisis, the future of the Dalai Lama lineage and the Chinese economy. The Dalai Lama expressed solidarity with Syrian refugees by declaring I am senior refugee! (The Big Issue)

9 October: Tibetans 'have no say in economic development'
The Congressional-Executive Committee on Chinas (CECC) annual report refutes the Chinese governments claim that Tibetans are allowed a say in their own governance. The report says officials deny Tibetans adequate rights to protect their culture, language, religion, and environment. (ICT)

9 October: Tibetan writer Dolma Kyab released from prison
Dolma KyabChinese authorities in Qinghai province have released Tibetan writer Dolma Kyab (pictured right) after carrying out his full ten and a half year sentence. Detained on 5 March 2005, he underwent a secret trial in November 2005, where he was convicted of endangering national security. (RFA)

12 October: Recently freed Tibetan re-arrested
Former political prisoner Samdrub Gyatso has been taken back into custody after breaking the terms of his parole. He had been forbidden from travelling outside his home county, but was caught by Chinese authorities in September travelling in Qinghai. He was also found to be carrying leaflets calling for the Dalai Lamas return to Tibet. He had been released in May after serving a 5-year sentence for solo protests. (RFA)

21 October: Local authorities destroy Tibetan homes
Qinghai homes demolitionHundreds of Tibetan homes and shops have been destroyed by the local government in Tsolho prefecture, Qinghai province (pictured right), leaving nearly a thousand Tibetans homeless. Around 300 buildings were destroyed near Qinghai lake with further demolitions in Trelnak township. Local sources say the homeowners were not given a reason for the governments actions and were not allowed to return to the sites of their destroyed homes. (RFA 21 Oct, RFA 27 Oct)

22 October: Tibet to become a 'fortress against separatism'
Chen Quanguo, the head of the Chinese Communist Party in the Tibet Autonomous Region, has called on Party officials to create a staunch combat fortress to help maintain stability, oppose separatism and create a united, beautiful, harmonious and happy socialist Tibet. (The Guardian)

22 October: Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's nephew testifies before European Parliament
The nephew of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has called for an immediate investigation into the death of his uncle in a Chinese prison. Lobsang Tsering testified before the European Parliaments Human Rights Subcommittee on the human rights situation in Tibet. (CTA)

23 October: Foreign Office condemned for prioritising trade over human rights
The Foreign Affairs Select Committee published a report condemning the UK governments current approach to foreign affairs. It blamed the downgrading of human rights on beyond irresponsible budget cuts and said human rights should be re-established as a top priority. During questioning by the Committee, Sir Simon McDonald, Foreign Office Permanent Secretary, said although [human rights] is one of the things we follow, it is not one of our top priorities, and that it had taken a backseat to the Conservatives prosperity agenda. (The Independent 2/10, The Independent 23/10)

23 October: Authorities free Tibetan musician Pema Rigzin
Pema Rigzin, sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment in November 2014 for producing politically sensitive DVDs and songs, has been released after serving 11 months of his term. It is not clear why he was released early. (RFA)

28 October: China:  the worlds worst abuser of internet freedom
US-based NGO Freedom House, in its annual report Freedom on the Net which looks at internet freedom across the globe, found China to be the worlds worst abuser of internet freedom, followed by Syria and Iran. (Freedom House)

29 October: Tibetan writer released after 9 years in prison
Kelsang SonamTibetan writer Kelsang Sonam, pen-name Gangpel Bodpa, has been released from prison in Xinjing after serving over nine years of his ten and a half year sentence. He was arrested and sentenced in 2006 for 'divulging state secrets' to foreign agencies. Kelsang is a contemporary of Dolma Kyab. (Phayul)

30 October: Britains Great Kowtow to China
Protests on The MallThe UK government failed to publicly raise human rights during Xi Jinpings State Visit to the UK last week. However, Tibet protestors ensured it remained on the medias agenda despite the lavish ceremonies afforded to Xi Jinping by the UK government and Chinese state-backed efforts to silence demonstrators. (Tibet Society)

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