2011 News Headlines
News headlines and digest for 2011 with links to articles.
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New video and images of Tibetans being detained in 2008
Detentions in 2008[19 December] Video footage and photos of Tibetans being detained following the protests in 2008 have been smuggled out of Tibet and published online. The rare footage depicts eight Tibetans being detained by armed police and paramilitary troops. It also shows the large scale nature of the operation implemented by the Chinese authorities to apprehend those suspected of involvement with the protests... more


Photos emerge of two monks who self-immolated
Choephel[16 December] Photographs of Kayang and Choephel, who died after self-immolating in Ngaba on 7 October, have been received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. They are the first images to be seen outside of Tibet of the two young former Kirti monks... more


Two senior monks from Kirti monastery detained
[12 December] News has emerged from Tibet, that two senior monks at Kirti Monastery have been detained by the Chinese authorities, for no apparent reason other than their status within the monastic community.  The current condition and whereabouts of both monks remains unknown... more


Tenzin Phuntsok dies from injuries; wife detained
Tenzin Phuntsok[9 December] Tenzin Phuntsok, the former monk who set himself on fire on 1 December, has succumbed to his injuries. Tenzin is the seventh Tibetan to have died following a self-immolation protest against Chinese rule. Tenzin's wife, Dolma, has been missing since the incident and is feared to be in detention... moreTake Action


Debate on Tibet in parliament - Wednesday 7 December
Parliament logo The first UK parliamentary debate on Tibet since April 2008 took place on Wednesday 7 December. Click here to watch a recording of debate (starts at 15:59:40). Though the debate lacked a clear, strong statement from the government condemning China's policies in Tibet, it was encouraging to hear the government re-state its concerns over Tibet and undertake a commitment to raise the issues discussed with the Chinese authorities... morefull report I transcript of debate I watch debate

First self-immolation in Tibet Autonomous Region
[2 December] A former monk set himself on fire in Chamdo on 1 December in a protest against China's ongoing repression. This is the first self-immolation to have taken place in the Tibet Autonomous Region, and the 12th this year... more I Take Action

Foreign Secretary states 'serious concern' over immolations
Parliament logo[30 November]
In response to a question on the recent self-immolations, William Hague said the British government was "seriously concerned" and encourages "the resolution of grievances that have led to that situation". However, he failed to take the opportunity to make a strong public statement condemning China's policies which have led to the tragic acts. The response was to one of three questions on Tibet raised in parliament on 29 November... moreTake Action
Leaving Fear Behind: Report on Lhamo Tso's tour of the UK
Lhamo Tso in LodonLhamo Tso's two week tour of the UK, organised by Tibet Society, has proved a great success. The film Leaving Fear Behind was screened throughout the UK and Lhamo Tso met MPs, MSPs, Foreign Office officials, NGO representatives, schoolchildren, UK-based Tibetans and supporters. Lhamo Tso recorded a special appeal for supporters to take action for her husband. Tibet Society has also issued updated actions calling for Dhondup Wangchen to be released on medical parole... Read tour report I View Lhamo Tso's appeal
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Foreign Office comments on self-immolations
FCO logo[15 November] Whilst Tibet Society welcomes the Foreign Office's response to comments posted to its website by Tibet Society members and other Tibet supporters, where they say they are "deeply concerned about reports of unrest at the Kirti Monastery ... including those reports of self immolations", we will continue to urge for a strong public statement;
it is increasingly imperative that the Chinese government must be shown it cannot continue with its current policies of extreme repression and clampdown on basic freedoms and human rights in Tibet. more I Take Action

MP calls for a debate on Tibet in parliament
Parliament logo[10 November] During questions on Business of the House in parliament today, Fabian Hamilton referred to Lhamo Tso's visit to the UK and Dhondup Wangchen's case when he raised the recent self-immolations by Tibetans in Tibet and called for a debate on the continuing human rights abuses in Tibet... more 


Second nun dies after self-immolation
Palden Choesang[3 November] A second nun has died after setting herself alight in protest against China's continued repression of religious and human rights in Tibet. Palden Choesang, 35, from Gaden Choeling nunnery in Tawu county, is the 11th Tibetan to have self-immolated this year and the sixth confirmed to have died... more I
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Enough is enough! Take Action for Tibet
Global action logoEleven Tibetans in Tibet have immolated themselves in protest against China's repression in Tibet since March. Enough is enough: It is time for the international community to act! Call on China to end the crackdown. Urge the British government to make a public statement. Write to your MP, write to the Chinese Ambassador, send a message to the Foreign Office, sign the global pledge...
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Tenth self-immolation as protest spreads to Kardze
Dawa Tsering[26 October] The tenth occurrence this year of a self-immolation by a Tibetan protesting against Chinese rule took place in Kardze, eastern Tibet yesterday. Dawa Tsering, a monk from Kardze monastery, is believed to be in critical condition. Security personnel have since cordoned off the monastery... more I Take Action


Tibetan self-immolations raised in UK Parliament
Parliament logo[25 October] In light of the self-immolations in Tibet, the British government was questioned in Parliament by Fabian Hamilton MP. The reply from Jeremy Browne, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, was shockingly weak and made no reference to the current situation in Tibet. Tibet Society will be following this up directly with the Minister... more

London protest calls for 'Global Action for Tibet'
London protest[22 October] Nearly 150 Tibetans and Tibet supporters protested in London, calling for the international community to 'Stand Up for Tibet' in light of the immolations in Tibet. Fabian Hamilton MP addressed the crowd outside the Chinese Embassy and a letter from UK-based Tibet groups was delivered to 10 Downing Street... more I
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Media witness crackdown at Kirti; describe "siege-like conditions"
AFP: Troops guarding Kirti monastery[20 October] Two AFP journalists gained rare access to Ngaba this week and witnessed the military crackdown. Armed police and soldiers were reported to be guarding Kirti monastery and lining the streets of Ngaba. The report described the monks as living under "siege-like conditions". AFP report I AFP video footage
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Two further immolations; nun dies after call for religious freedom
Norbu Damdrul[18 October] Protests continue in Tibet with two more Tibetans self-immolating in efforts to draw attention to the lack of freedoms afforded  by the Chinese government. On 17 October, Tenzin Wangmo, a nun from Dechen Choekorling Nunnery in Ngaba died after setting herself on fire and shouting slogans calling for religious frredom in Tibet, and on 15 October, Norbu Damdrul, a former Kirti monk, was taken away by security forces after
self-immolating... more

Two Tibetan protesters shot in Kardze
[18 October] Two Tibetans were shot by Chinese security personnel on 16 October during a non-violent protest in Kardze, eastern Tibet. Locals managed to take the wounded Tibetans away, but their current condition is not known... more


Two teenagers self-immolate in Tibet
[8 October] On 7 October two young Tibetans self-immolated in Ngaba, eastern Tibet. Kayang and Choephel were former monks from Kirti monastery. One is feared dead. They are the first lay-people to take such actions. ICT reportPhayul report

British MPs wrap up Dharamsala visit with press conference
MPs press conference[7 October] A press conference to Tibetan and international journalists was held by UK MPs on the final day
of the Tibet Society organised parliamentary exchange visit to Dharamsala. Tibet Society's blog has a report on the press conference and all the activities and meetings during the exchange visit... more I press conference  
Kalon Tripa meets British MP delegation
Fabian Hamilton, Lobsang Sangay & Philippa Carrick[6 October] Dr Lobsang Sangay, the recently inaugurated Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan government in exile held a formal meeting and dinner with the five British MPs on a parliamentary exchange visit. The MPs also visited projects and NGOs based in Dharamsala... Read Tibet Society's blog
British MPs meet with the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama and UK MPs[4 October] Five British MPs had a private audience with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on Wednesday. A report and photos of the meeting can be read on Tibet Society's blog, along with updates on the ongoing parliamentary exchange visit... more

Another Kirti monk self-immolates
[4 October] A young monk from Kirti monastery set himself on fire in Ngaba on 3 October. Kelsang Wangchuk, the fifth monk to undertake such a protest this year, was carrying a photo of the Dalai Lama and shouting slogans against China's rule. His condition and whereabouts are unknown. Phayul report I Radio Free Asia report

Five MPs on exchange visit to Tibetan exiled parliament
Ai Weiwei[30 September] As part of an ongoing parliamentary exchange programme, Tibet Society will be facilitating a visit of five UK MPs to the Parliament of the Tibetan government in exile based in Dharamsala, between Monday 3 and Friday 7 October. Follow news from the trip on our newly created blog: tibetsociety.wordpress.com

Two Kirti monks in self-immolation protest
Lobsang Kelsang and Lobsang Kunchok[27 September] Two monks from Kirti monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet set themselves on fire yesterday in protest against the continued religious repression by the Chinese government. One of the monks is believed to be the younger brother of Phunstok, the monk who immolated himself on 16 March. Chinese state news has since reported both monks were "rescued" and taken to hospital... more

Where is Jigme Guri?
Jigme Guri
Jigme Guri was arrested by Chinese security officials on 20 August. His whereabouts and well-being are not known. He is an outspoken critic of China's policies in Tibet. Join the visual petition "Where is Jigme Guri?" and help demand his release. Use your freedom to stand in solidarity with Jigme Guri... Take Action
Nepal releases 23 Tibetan refugees
Tibetan refugees gaining their freedom[22 September] The Nepalese authorities have released 23 Tibetans detained after escaping from Tibet. International pressure, including from the British government, is believed to have influenced the decision. The group will be allowed to continue their journey to Dharamsala in northern India... more

Brother of immolated monk jailed; China bribing monks to disrobe
Kirti monastery[19 September] Three more Kirti monks have been sent to prison for assisting Phuntsok, the monk who self-immolated in March, including Phuntsok's brother, Lobsang Dhargye. The three received sentences between two and a half and three years. The Chinese authorities are also reportedly offering bribes to Kirti monks to disrobe... more
Nepal detains 20 Tibetans crossing border
Nepal flag[14 September] A group of 20 young Tibetans were detained by Nepalese police in the district of Bajura on 11 September. The group escaped from Tibet by walking for 17 days and crossing the Humla Lumi valley. Tibet Society has informed the British Foreign Office and asked they encourage the Nepalese authorities to hand the refugees over to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees... more UPDATE 22 Sept: RELEASED... read report

Tibet's longest serving political prisoner in critical condition
Lobsang Tenzin[7 September] Lobsang Tenzin, the longest serving Tibetan political prisoner, is reported to be in a critical health condition. According to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), Lobsang's health has seriously deteriorated, with complications arising from his diabetic condition... more I Action
Kirti monks imprisoned for assisting self-immolation
Lobsang Tsundue[2 September] The Chinese authorities have handed heavy prison sentences to three Kirti monks accused of assisting the self-immolation of fellow monk Phuntsok in March. The three monks, one of whom is Phuntsok's uncle, were charged with "intentional homicide" and received  terms ranging from 10 to 13 years. Reports indicate that due legal process was not followed in any of the cases... more I Action

Three arrested as Tawu placed under lockdown
Tsweang Norbu[1 September] Three Tibetans have been arrested following the death of Tsewang Norbu, the monk who immolated himself in protest against China's oppression in Tibet. Tawu has been placed under military lockdown with tanks outside Nyitso Monastery and armed soldiers patrolling the area... more I Action
China appoints new TAR Party Secretary
Chen Quanguo[30 August] The Chinese government have appointed Chen Quanguo as the new Party Secretary of the Tibetan Automous Region replacing hardliner Zhang Qingli. The appointment of trained economist Chen Quanguo, made on 25 August, could be indicative of China's prioritisation of its long-term strategy to industralise Tibet... more
Monk who spoke out on video in 2008 arrested
Jigme Guri
[25 August] On 20 August, Jigme Guri, a monk who in 2008 bravely gave video testimony about China's occupation of Tibet, was arrested by Chinese security officials in Tsoe city (Ch: Hezou) in Gansu province. With this news and the recent tragic self immolation by Tsewang Norbu, there are deepening concerns about the increasing crackdown in Tibet and its consequences... more | Action | Jigme’s video testimony

Second monk dies after self-immolation protest
Tsweang Norbu[16 August] A second monk has died in eastern Tibet after self-immolating in protest against China's oppressive policies. Tsewang Norbu died on 15 August after setting himself on fire outside local government buildings in Tawu, Kardze in Sichuan province. The local monastery is now surrounded by armed security personnel and the situation is described as "very tense"... more I Action

Lobsang Sangay inaugurated as Kalon Tripa
Lobsang Sangay[8 August] Dr Lobsang Sangay has taken the oath of office as Kalon Tripa in an official ceremony in Dharamsala. In his inaugural speech, Dr Lobsang Sangay said, "I pledge to strengthen and sustain our movement until freedom is restored in Tibet, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to our homeland.” He also reaffirmed the exiled government's commitment to non-violence and seeking genuine autonomy for Tibet... more I inauguration speech I public ceremony (9 August)

Tibet Society welcomes inauguration of first secular Kalon Tripa
Lobsang Sangay[5 August] Dr Lobsang Sangay will become the first secular head directly elected by the Tibetan people on 8 August. Tibet Society will be pressing the UK government to re-affirm its commitment to finding a resolution for Tibet and asking William Hague to meet the new Kalon Tripa. The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet has sent a letter of congratulations to Dr Sangay... more I press release I APPGT letter
UN panel calls on China to release Liu Xiaobo
Liu Xiaobo[3 August] The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the immediate release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo from prison in China. They also said China should free Liu Xiaobo's wife, Liu Xia, from house arrest... more
Interview with the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama[29 July] Voice of America interviewed the Dalai Lama on 14 July, during his trip to the USA. In the interview the Dalai Lama talks about his political retirement, the Chinese leaders, the situation in the Middle East and North Africa and the future of the Dalai Lama institution... video part 1 (12 mins) I video part 2 (12 mins) I transcript
China's Vice-President vows to 'smash' Tibetan separatism
[22 July] 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" attempts to destabilise Tibet and fight against "separatist activities" linked to the Dalai Lama... more
Two more Kirti monks receive prison sentences
Lobsang Khedup and Lobsang Gyatso[21 July] According to TCHRD, two monks from Kirti monastery have each been sentenced to three years imprisonment. Lobsang Khedup and Lobsang Gyatso were sentenced on 15 July. Though the official charges are not known, both had been involved in trying to stop the Chinese authorities from forcibly removing 300 monks from Kirti on 21 April... more
Call on British government to take stronger action for Tibet
FCO logo[21 July] The Foreign Office has published details of the actions the British government has taken regarding the Kirti crisis, i.e raising the issue with the Chinese Embassy in London and officials in Beijing. The British government needs to do more to support the Tibetans in Tibet who are risking their lives to defend human rights. Take Action: leave a message on the Foreign Office website calling for robust public statements and practical actions to support freedom and human rights for the Tibetan people... more I Take Action
Obama defies China and meets the Dalai Lama
President Obama meets the Dalai Lama[18 July] President Obama met with the Dalai Lama on 16 July despite warnings from China. During the 45-minute meeting at the White House, Barack Obama expressed concern over the plight of the Tibetan people, and emphasised the importance of protecting human rights and Tibet's unique culture. The President asked the Dalai Lama to continue the dialogue process with the Chinese authorities. Chinese state media referred to the meeting as an "unscrupulous trick of pragmatism"... more

New wave of protests and arrests in Kardze
Troops in Kardze June 2011[13 July] Dozens of Tibetans have been detained in a new wave of protests in Kardze in Kham, eastern Tibet (Ch: Ganzi, Sichuan). Since 6 June, at least 15 peaceful demonstrations have taken place, calling for freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama. The situation is described as "extremely tense", with armed troops patrolling the streets and roadblocks at every junction... more

Nepal stops Dalai Lama birthday celebrations
Nepalese police stop celebrations[8 July] On 6 July, several hundred Nepalese police in riot gear were deployed to prevent public celebrations of the Dalai Lama's birthday in Kathmandu. Police confiscated photos of the Dalai Lama and a banner hanging in the courtyard of Samten Ling monastery. Three Tibetans were detained but later released... more

Released monks face ban from Kirti; crackdown continues
Kirti monastery[7 July] The Chinese authorities have released some of the 300 Kirti monks originally detained on 21 April. An unknown number of monks from certain regions have been released but have not been allowed to return to Kirti monastery. Instead, they been taken back to their homes. There is no information on the situation of the rest of the detained monks. The crackdown in Ngaba shows no sign of easing, with police and soldiers continuing to surround the monastery. Two Tibetan children have been hospitalised after being severely beaten by paramilitary police... more Take Action

British government "calls for restraint" in Ngaba
Ai Weiwei[4 July] In response to a parliamentary question on 28 June, the Foreign Office said the crackdown in Ngaba had been raised with China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in London, "asking for information and calling for restraint". British officials in Beijing and at the Chongqing consulate are continuing to "press for access to Tibet and Tibetan regions". ACTION: An Early Day Motion has been tabled condemning China's crackdown in Ngaba. Write to your MP asking him/her to sign EDM 2009... more I Take Action

Wen Jiabao secures UK trade without official tirade
Wen Jiabao protest[28 June] Disappointingly, the British government failed to take the opportunity of Wen Jiabao’s visit to deliver a strong message that China’s policies in Tibet and the ongoing abuses of human rights are not acceptable. Instead, it was Tibetans and Tibet supporters that ensured Wen Jiabao left Britain knowing that the people, if not the government, are still demanding immediate freedoms and human rights for Tibet and the whole of China... more I media reports I press release

Ai Weiwei released on bail
Ai Weiwei[22 June] Artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has been released on bail by the Chinese authorities. A statement by Xinhua said he had been released "because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from". However, It is likely Ai Weiwei, like other released activists, will be under strict supervision, placed under house arrest or have restricted freedom of movement... more

EU raises Kirti during Human Rights Dialogue with China
EU-China flag[20 June] The 30th round of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights was held in Beijing on 16 June. During the talks 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." It is not known if the Chinese delegation responded. Prior to the Dialogue, Tibet Society and other organisations sent a letter to the EU Delegation to China expressing concerns on the human rights situation in Tibet and China.... more

China closes Tibet to foreigners until end of July
[14 June]The Chinese government has banned foreigners from travelling to Tibet until the end of July. Though no official reason has been given, the ban comes just before the 90th anniversary of China's Communist Party on 1 July and before further expected official celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the ‘Peaceful Liberation of Tibet’... more
Dhondup Wangchen taken off hard labour duties; new appeal
Image[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. A new short film by International Tibet Network calls on individuals to write letters to Dhondup in prison. The film highlights a personal and moving letter written to Dhondup by his daughter Dhadon... more I Take Action I watch ITN's video

Tibetan writer Tashi Rabten sentenced to four years
Tashi Rabten[6 June] Tashi Rabten, a student who wrote about the 2008 protests in Tibet, has been given a four year prison sentence for “inciting activities to split the nation”. According to Radio Free Asia, the sentencing took place on 2 June following a closed trial. Tashi Rabten was one of six prisoners and detainees whose cases were highlighted during the Tibet Mass Lobby in the UK in March... more I Take Action

Human rights activists remember Tiananmen in central London
Tiananmen flash mob[5 June]On the 22nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre the coalition group Chinese, Uighur & Tibetan Solidarity UK, of which Tibet Society is a founding member, organised events in London to remember the victims and renew the call for freedom and democracy for all those living under the current regime in China... more
Tibetan political prisoner dies within days of release
[30 May] Jampa Pelsang died on 23 May just days after he was released from prison. Jampa, a monk from Gaden Monastery, had served 15 years in prison and had been subjected to brutal torture. He was in critical condition when he was released on 6 May and according to his family he failed to respond to medical treatment... more

Global Tibet groups urge world leaders to call for end to Kirti crisis
[27 May] The International Tibet Network, a worldwide coalition of almost 200 Tibet groups including Tibet Society, has issued a joint statement calling on world leaders to publicly condemn the ongoing crisis in Ngaba and calls on China to withdraw its armed forces, release those detained and allow access to international observers and media. The 11th Kirti Rinpoche has also issued a statement urging leaders and religious heads to appeal to the Chinese leadership to end the crackdown at Kirti monastery... moreJoint StatementKirti Rinpoche's statement


Kirti monk sentenced; troops remain at monastery
Kirti monastery[25 May] Radio Free Asia has reported that a Kirti monk, Lobsang Dargye, has been sentenced to three years for refusing to comply with the 'patriotic re-education' campaign. The situation at Kirti monastery remains unchanged, according to the few reports emanating from the region. Chinese security forces continue to monitor the situation inside the monastery, whilst an armed presence is being maintained outside the compound... more Take Action

Kalon Tripa-elect Lobsang Sangay interviewed
Lobsang Sangay[24 May] Lobsang Sangay has been giving interviews to the media regarding his new role as the Kalon Tripa and the changing face of Tibetan exiled politics given the Dalai Lama's recent announcement to retire from political life. On 27 April Lobsang Sangay was confirmed as the new Kalon Tripa of the Tibetan Government in Exile... more | BBC interview I NDTV interview
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European President fails to raise Tibet during China visit
EU flag[17 May] European Council President Herman Van Rompuy raised human rights in a speech to China's Communist Party members, and apparently during meetings with Hu Jinato and Wen Jiabao, but he failed to raise Tibet and he did not mention cases such as that of Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaobo or Dhondup Wangchen. President van Rompuy was on an official three day visit to China which began on 15 May. Tibet Society had written to President van Rompuy prior to his trip urging him to raise Tibet with the Chinese leadership.. more I read letter I Take Action

Crackdown on Ngaba students; Kirti surveillance increased
Kirti monastery[13 May] The Chinese authorities have placed protesting Tibetan students in Ngaba under lockdown. The students have been confined to the school and told they cannot return home. Communications have been cut off and unofficial materials confiscated and burnt. Surveillance cameras have been installed throughout Kirti monastery, which remains under military control.... more Take Action

UK to create 50 new diplomatic posts in China
China-UK flag[11 May] The Foreign Secretary has announced the creation of 50 new diplomatic posts in China. Tibet Society welcomes the increased diplomatic presence in China, however, it remains to be seen if sufficient resources are being allocated to monitor Tibetan regions and human rights. Tibet Society is contacting the Foreign Office for clarification... more
British government calls for world-wide media freedom
FCO logo[4 May] To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May the British government issued statements supporting the rights to freedom of expression and calling for an open and free media in all countries. Take Action: In light of these statements supporters should write to the Foreign Office calling on the government to urge China to allow international reporters access to Tibetan areas, in particular the Ngaba region which is under a military crackdown... more I Take Action
Two Tibetans killed as over 300 Kirti monks detained
Kirti monastery[23 April] Two elderly Tibetans were killed by Chinese security forces on the evening of 21 April as over 300 monks were detained and removed from Kirti monastery. The two victims, Sherkyi a 65 year-old woman and Donkho, a 60 year old man, were part of a crowd of about 200 mostly elderly Tibetans who tried to stop the monks from being taken away... moreTake Action
[21 April] Dramatic video footage of crackdown in Ngaba Voice of America released video footage showing the build-up of  troops following the 16 March protest, footage of Phuntsok whilst still alive, immediately after his immolation, and Phuntsok's funeral attended by 2,000 people... more
Kirti monastery[19 April] China denies lockdown at Kirti; Amnesty issues urgent action China claimed the situation at Kirti monastery is "normal" and relations between monks and police are "harmonious". The European Parliament's Vice-President denounced China's use of excessive force. Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action regarding the detention of at least 11 Tibetans from Ngaba... more I AI's urgent action
[15 April] Local Tibetans block armed forces from removing Kirti monks As tensions increase at Kirti monastery, the Dalai Lama issued a statement expressing his concern. The Tibetan Community in Britain called on the British Prime Minister to speak out to protect the rights of the Tibetans... more | Dalai Lama statement | TCB press release

Foreign Office fail to respond to Tibet Mass Lobby requests
Take Action: As the Foreign Office fails to address concerns, Tibet Society calls on members and supporters to write to their MPs as a follow-up action to the Tibet Mass Lobby.... more
Yushu: Protests over redevelopment; documentary confiscated
Protest in Yushu, April 2011[11 April] A year after the devastating earthquake, hundreds of Tibetans have protested in Yushu against the seizure of land and policies for redevelopment by the Chinese authorities. Over 40 protestors have been detained and an unknown number injured when security forces violently broke up the demonstration. Also, thousands of DVDs of a documentary about the earthquake relief efforts have been confiscated due to the film praising "Tibetan unity"... more
Death reported of Labrang monk who spoke out on human rights
Jamyang Jinpa[5 April] Jamyang Jinpa, who was detained following a protest in front of foreign journalists at Labrang monastery in April 2008, has died almost certainly as a result of internal injuries sustained when severely tortured whilst in detention. Jamyang is the second monk known to have died from the group of 15 monks that participated in the protest... more
William Hague: ‘Human rights to be at core of foreign policy’
FCO logo[1 April] On 31 March, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) launched its 2010 Human Rights & Democracy Report. Attending the launch, Tibet Society was encouraged by the government’s intent to make human rights central to its foreign policy and calls on the government to not be bullied by China or seduced by trade, but to act on its principles and conscience and speak out for Tibetan people's right to universal values and a free and open civil society... more I FCO report key points

Exiled Tibetans take part in democratic elections
Tibetan government in exile logo[23 March] Tens of thousands of Tibetan exiles around the world turned out on 20 March to vote for a new Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) and for members of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. Vice-President of the European Parliament, Edward McMillan-Scott, said of the elections, “This benchmark of fairness and transparency is a model for a future democratic China.”... more
Monk dies after self-immolation; protests suppressed
Phuntsok[17 March] On 16 March, a young monk from Kirti monastery in the Ngaba area of Tibet died after setting himself on fire. Protests following the self-immolation, were quelled by Chinese security forces and resulted in the beating and detention of an unknown number of Tibetans... more
The Dalai Lama announces plans to cede political leadership
The Dalai Lama[10 March] In his annual statement on the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, the Dalai Lama announced he is to formally begin the process of transferring his political role to the Kalon Tripa (Tibetan Prime Minister in exile). Tibet Society issued a press release calling on the British government to express its support for the freedom of the Tibetan people as it has done for those involved in the Arab Spring... more I The Dalai Lama's statement I press release I BBC report


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