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Mother of five self-immolates after house demolition
Tashi Kyi[28 August] A Tibetan mother of five has died following a self-immolation protest in Tibet. The protest came shortly after Chinese authorities forcibly demolished a nearby property, though it is not clear if the two incidents are linked. However, the authorities have since confiscated the self-immolator's body....
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Chinese President announces "anti-separatism battle" in Tibet
Xi Jinping at Sixth Work Forum on Tibet[27 August] Xi Jinping has called for greater efforts to fight "anti-separatist" activities in Tibet as preparations are being made for the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Autonomous Region's creation. The Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way Approach' was also denounced. An increase in security measures in Tibet are being reported...
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Nomad released after completing eight-year prison sentence
Runggye Adak[12 August] Runggye Adak, one of Tibet’s most well-known political prisoners, was released from prison on 30 July 2015 after serving an eight-year prison sentence for publicly calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama...
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Tenzin Delek's relations released, given communications ban
Dolkar Lhamo & Nyima[10 August] The sister and niece of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche were released on 30 July after two weeks in detention. Dolkar Lhamo and Nyima were released without charge and sent back to their home, however they have been barred by Chinese authorities from communicating with the outside world... read more

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's relations detained; ashes confiscated
Dolkar Lhamo & Nyima[29 July] The Chinese authorities have detained the sister and niece of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. Also, police have confiscated Tenzin Delek's ashes which had been handed over to the family following his cremation and state media have reported that Tenzin Delek died from a "sudden cardiac arrest"...
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Action: Call on China to investigate Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's death
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche[16 July] Call on the UK government to make a strong statement condemning the death in prison of revered monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and call on China to hold an investigation into the death and make the findings public... Take Action - Sign the international petition, write to your MP and write to the Chinese authorities

Tibet Society calls on UK to condemn China over death of monk
Tibet Society logo[15 July] Tibet Society and Students for a Free Tibet UK have written a joint letter to the UK Foreign Secretary calling for a strong public statement on the death in a Chinese prison of innocent Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. To date the UK government has only expressed its "sadness" over the death... read more

Chinese police fire upon Tibetans protesting death of monk
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche[15 July] UPDATE: Tibetans have taken to the streets to protest the death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. Chinese security forces have fired on protestors, injuring at least 15 people. China has yet to disclose details of the death. Relatives say they were only allowed one visit during Rinpoche's 13 years in prison... read more

Self-immolation in Tibet following Dalai Lama's birthday
Scene of self-immolation in Jyekundo[14 July] On 9 July, a Tibetan monk self-immolated in a public square in eastern Tibet. Sonam Topgyal was quickly apprehended by local authorities and is believed to be in hospital, however due to a subsequent crackdown on local communications, his current condition and whereabouts are unknown...
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MP says 'China has Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's blood on its hands'
Tibet Society logo[13 July] Press Release: Tibet Society condemns the Chinese government for not releasing Tenzin Delek Rinpoche on medical parole and calls for an ivestigation into his death. Fabian Hamilton, MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, stated, "Now China has his blood on its hands."... Read press release

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in Chinese prison
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche[13 July] The highly revered Tibetan leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died in prison on 12 July. Tenzin Delek had been imprisoned on false charges and was known to be seriously ill. The Chinese government failed to respond to a request for medical parole originally made in 2014...
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Dalai Lama birthday celebrations banned in Tibet; three detained
Celebration in Qinghai[9 July] Three Tibetans have been detained in Tibet for attempting to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. In the run-up to the anniversary, local authorities banned religious events, restricted public gatherings and increased security. However, many Tibetans defied the government and held their own celebrations...
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The Dalai Lama brings happiness to Glastonbury festival
The Dalai Lama at Glastonbury[3 July] The Dalai Lama's recent visit to the UK included a first-time appearance at Glastonbury festival, a public talk in Aldershot and an interview on BBC Four, to be aired on 6 July. At Glastonbury, the Dalai Lama gave an hour-long talk on happiness, appeared on the main stage and discussed climate change as part of a panel. Read our full report with videos & links to media articles


China: End the repression of Uyghurs in East Turkestan
East Turkestan flag[3 July] Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK has issued a press release on the 6th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre, calling on the Chinese government to investigate the events of 5 July 2009, account for the dead and missing, and end the continuing repression in East Turkestan... read more


The Dalai Lama to headline Glastonbury!
The Dalai Lama (PA)[25 June] We can finally reveal the rumuors are true. The Dalai Lama will be appearing at the Glastonbury this weekend! The Dalai Lama will be giving a talk on Sunday 28 June to festival go-ers. The appearance is part of a four-day UK trip...
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Husband and four others detained in relation to self-immolation
Sangye Tso[24 June] UPDATE: The widowed husband of a self-immolator has been detained by the Chinese authorities. Five Tibetans are now in custody in relation to Sangye Tso's self-immolation protest which took place on 27 May and resulted in her death. The detained also include Sangye's nephew and three local monks...
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UK parliament debates Tibet; government response lacklustre
HoC logo[19 June] The UK Parliament has held its first debate on Tibet since the General Election. Though many issues were raised, the UK government's response was lacklustre at best. At one point, China was even praised for its 'development' of Tibet. The Foreign Minister did, however, call on China to release Tenzin Delek Rinpoche on medical parole and for "better governance" of mining operations in Tibet... read more

Tibet to be debated in UK Parliament on Thursday 18 June
HoC logo[17 June] A backbench debate on Tibet will be held in Parliament at 1.30pm on Thursday 18 June. The debate will be led by Fabian Hamilton MP (Lab, Leeds North East). Ask your MP to attend. Send a message via www.writetothem.com. Watch the debate live online via parliamentlive.tv/Commons


Urgent Action: Medical Parole for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
TDR action[9 June] Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a highly revered Tibetan Buddhist leader who is serving a life sentence on false charges, is in very poor health, with a serious heart condition and high blood pressure. Call on China to release him on medical parole...
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Family ordered to lie after self-immolation; one detained
Sangye Tso[5 June] A Tibetan mother of two died after self-immolating on 27 May in eastern Tibet. Her protest included calls for human rights and freedom for Tibet. Subsequently, the Chinese authorities detained one family member and ordered others to lie about her death. The family were also denied a traditional funeral...
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Father of four self-immolates in eastern Tibet
Tenzin Gyatso[21 May] A 35 year-old father of four children has become the fourth Tibetan to self-immolate in Tibet this year. The protest took place in Tawu, eastern Tibet on 20 May. Due to communication blackouts following the protest, it is not known whether Tenzin Gyatso survived or not...
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China's new restrictions on Tibetan religion and identity
Chinese flag on Jokhang[21 May] In recent months, China has further restricted Tibetans' rights to freedom of expression and religion. In the TAR, a new patriotic re-education campaign has begun, which requires all monasteries to fly the Chinese flag. In Mahlo, new rules have been issued criminalising ordinary religious and secular activities...
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The Panchen Lama: Missing for 20 years
Panchen Lama[20 May] On 17 May 1995, six year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was abducted by the Chinese authorities just days after being recognised as the
Panchen Lama's reincarnation. For 20 years China has refused to provide any credible evidence of Gedhun's whereabouts or well-being. Take action: Call on China to release the Panchen Lama

New UK parliament to start with solid base of support for Tibet
[14 May] Following the UK General Election on 7 May, 45 candidates who pledged support for Tibet have been elected to parliament. This provides a solid base from which to increase parliamentary support for Tibet. Tibet Society will be encouraging all MPs to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet... read more

Second quake hits Nepal & TAR; 35 Tibetans dead from first quake
Second quake map[14 May] A second earthquake hit Nepal on 12 May, west of Kathmandu near the border with Tibet. The full impact is not yet clear. Earlier reports confirm at least 35 Tibetans died due to the earthquake on 25 April, 10 in Nepal and 25 in the Tibet Autonomous Region...
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Over 350 UK parliamentary candidates pledge support for Tibet
[5 May] PRESS RELEASE: Over 350 parliamentary candidates standing in the UK General Election on 7 May have pledged support for human rights in Tibet. The pledges have come from candidates representing all the major political parties, denoting the wide support Tibetan freedom has in the UK... Read press release I view list of candidates

UK parliamentary candidate pledges for Tibet surpasses 300
[4 May] Three days prior to the General Election the number of UK parliamentary candidates pledging support for Tibet has surpassed 300. View list of candidates who have made the pledge: sorted by name, party or constituency

Update: Impact of earthquake on Tibetan communities in Nepal
Nepal earthquake map[29 April] To date, five Tibetan refugees in Nepal are known to have died. The infrastructure in some Tibetan communities has been seriously damaged. Those in the west of Nepal seem to have escaped significant damage. Some areas are still to be contacted... read more I Donate to Tibet Relief Fund's earthquake appeal
Vote Tibet: UK parliamentary candidate pledges reach 175
[29 April] With just over a week before the UK General Election, 175 paliamentary candidates have now pledged support for Tibet. Help us reach 250 by contacting candidates in your constituency. View pledges by: name, party or constituency I Contact your candidates

Tibetan communities devastated by Nepal earthquake
Nepal earthquake map
[28 April] UPDATE: The full extent of casualties amongst Tibetan communities in Nepal is still not yet known, though some Tibetan villages are reported to have been flattened. At least 25 people have died in Tibet with extensive damage to properties and infrastructure... read more I Donate to Tibet Relief Fund's earthquake appeal

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
Neykyab
[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 & Rally I UK 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] 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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