Tibetan Monk Detained in First Ngaba Protest This Year

Chinese police in Sichuan’s Ngaba county detained a Tibetan monk on Saturday after he launched a solo protest calling for freedom for Tibet in the first such protest reported in the county this year, sources said. Lobsang Tsultrim, a young monk belonging to Ngaba’s Kirti monastery, was taken into custody at around 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Ngaba county seat while calling out in public for Tibetan freedom and the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a local resident told..

Tibetan Pilgrims Barred From Kirti Monastery by Chinese Police

Tibetans traveling from northwest China’s Gansu province to attend a large religious gathering in neighboring Sichuan are being stopped at the border and told they may not proceed by car, sources in the region say. No reasons were given for blocking the pilgrims’ journey to Kirti monastery in Sichuan’s Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Friday. “The police only said that no vehicles would be allowed to travel across the border,”..

Dalai Lama: ‘I have no worries’ about Trump’s election

ULAANBAATAR, (REUTERS): Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Wednesday he has “no worries” about Donald Trump’s election as US president, adding that he expects the businessman will align his future policies with global realities. The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner’s remarks were his most extensive yet regarding the election of the real estate tycoon and reality television star who has called for putting America’s concerns first and shown little interest in..

Dalai Lama’s Visit To Mongolia Riles China

BEIJING, (PTI): China today warned Mongolia of "serious repurcussions" to bilateral ties if it allowed the Dalai Lama to visit the country and allow the monk to engage in "separatist activities". The 81-year-old monk is due to start a four-day visit to predominantly Buddhist Mongolia this evening as the resource rich Mongolia invited him defying China's strong objections to any country holding the Tibetan Buddhist monk. The Dalai Lama is in a "political exile who has long been engaging in..

Chinese Police Detain a Second Tibetan Monk at Thangkor Socktsang Monastery

Police in southwestern China’s Sichuan province have detained a second monk living at Thangkor Sockstang monastery, taking him into custody after threatening his roommates at gunpoint and forcing one of them to the ground, according to a local source. Lobsang Sherab, aged about 35 and a worker in the store of the monastery in Dzoege (in Chinese, Ruo’ergai) county, was seized at night on Aug. 24, the same day on which monastery treasurer Gendun Drakpa was also detained, a Tibetan living in..

A State Within a State: Tibetans in Nepal

High within a Himalayan valley, snow-capped peaks rising all around, the nation of Tibet is alive. Houses made from mud and wood crowd together in lines and in the paths that run between, Tibetan prayer flags blow in the wind. The phrase “tashi delek” echoes through the streets as neighbors passing each other clasp their hands together, bow their heads and exchange greetings in Tibetan. Many of them wear small photos of the Dalai Lama around their neck. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual and..

Tibetan Farm Women Protest Loss of Their Land

Holding the Chinese national flag and carrying photos of Chinese national leaders, Tibetan farm women marched this week outside Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa to protest the confiscation by authorities of their farmland, sources in the region and in exile said. Over 100 women from Gachoe village in the Tibet Autonomous Region’s Lhundrub (in Chinese, Linzhou) county protested in front of county offices on June 13, a source living in the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “They carried..

Tibetan Anti-Mine Protesters Assaulted, Beaten in Gansu

Police in northwestern China’s Gansu province attacked a group of Tibetan villagers at the beginning of June after the Tibetans, residents of a township near a sacred mountain, protested the mining of gold at the site, according to a Tibetan exile source. The Tibetans had gathered at Khelpa village, Amchok township, in Gansu’s Sangchu (in Chinese, Xiahe) county on June 1, Amchok Yonkyab, a resident of France, told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “But a large group of armed paramilitary police..

Tibetan Monk and Writer Sentenced to Prison Term

Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province have sentenced a Tibetan monk and writer to seven and a half years in prison on unspecified charges, but sources told RFA’s Tibetan service that he was sentenced for "sharing government secrets and attempting to divide the nation." Jo Lobsang Jamyang, 28, also known by his pen name Lomig, was sentenced in Lunggu (in Chinese Wenchuan) county court in the Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture after a closed trial from which..

Tibetan Monk Detained in New Solo Protest in Ngaba

A Tibetan monk enrolled in Sichuan’s restive Kirti monastery was taken into custody by police on Monday after staging a solo protest in nearby Ngaba town, sources in the region said. Lobsang Thubten, believed to be in his 20s, was detained shortly after launching his protest at about 3:30 p.m. on May 2 on a street known locally as Heroes’ Road in the main town of Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) county in the Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, a local resident told RFA’s Tibetan..

Tibetan Poet, Writer Under House Arrest During Foundation’s Beijing Visit

Authorities in the Chinese capital are holding Tibetan poet and author Tsering Woeser and her dissident writer husband Wang Lixiong under house arrest during a visit to Beijing by a U.S. non-government group, Woeser said via Twitter. Wang and Woeser have been prevented from leaving their Beijing home by state security police since Monday, and the restrictions will remain in place until Friday, Woeser wrote. "The Beijing state security police told us that it's because of a delegation from the..

Tibetan Protest Monk Released From Prison in Uncertain Health

Authorities in western China’s Sichuan province have freed a senior Tibetan religious figure jailed since 2009 for resisting political reeducation campaigns at his monastery, returning him to his home in uncertain health, Tibetan sources say. Buruna Rinpoche, the spiritual teacher of a community of nuns, was escorted secretly to his home in the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on April 17 following his release, a resident of the area told RFA’s Tibetan..

Tibetans Protest Dismissal From Their Jobs, Are Detained

At least ten Tibetan government workers were detained by authorities on Friday in northwestern China’s Gansu province when they protested the loss of their jobs amid allegations of corruption in the hiring of replacements, sources in the region and in exile said. The protesters were taken into custody after gathering on April 8 in front of government offices in Machu (in Chinese, Maqu) county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a native of the area now living in exile told..

Tibetan Writer Appeals Prison Term, Calling Writings ‘Protected by China’s Constitution’

A Tibetan writer sentenced to three years in prison in February for writing material deemed politically sensitive by China’s government has appealed his prison term, saying that China’s constitution protects the right to express one’s views in writing. Shokjang, also called Druklo, was jailed on Feb. 17 by the People’s Intermediate Court in Rebgong (in Chinese, Tongren) county in the Malho (Huangnan) prefecture in northwestern China’s Qinghai province, a local source told RFA’s..

Tibetan Prisoner Released After Finishing Seven-Year Term

Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province have released a Tibetan man from prison after he served a seven-year sentence for activities opposing Beijing’s rule in Tibetan areas, sources in the region said. Joleb Jigme, aged around 40, returned on March 21 to his home in Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) county, where he was greeted warmly by friends and supporters, a Tibetan living in the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service, communicating via social media. Among those welcoming Jigme on his..

Tibetans Vote For Sikyong to Head Exile Government

Tibet’s diaspora chose a new political leader on Sunday as tens of thousands cast ballots for a government-in-exile. The Tibet Sun and Phayul.com reported on Monday that incumbent Lobsang Sangay has a substantial lead over parliamentary speaker Penpa Tsering in the race for Sikyong, or the top leader of the government-in-exile. The official election results are scheduled to be released on April 27. The Sikyong is responsible for political and diplomatic decisions for the Dharamsala,..

Tibetan Self-Immolator’s Family ‘Pressured’ by Police

Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province are pressuring the family of a Tibetan monk who burned himself to death on Monday to protest Chinese rule, ordering them to say the protester had died in a house fire, Tibetan sources in the region and in exile said. Kalsang Wangdu, a monk of the Maretsokha Aryaling monastery, self-immolated at around 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 29 near his monastery in the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Nyagrong (Xinlong) county,..

Tibetan in India immolates in protest against Chinese rule

NEW DELHI, (AP): A New Delhi hospital official says that a 16-year-old Tibetan living in India has died three days after he set himself on fire in a protest against Chinese rule. Pankaj, an official at New Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital, says the Tibetan suffered 98 percent burn injuries and died late Thursday. The Tibetan self-immolated on Monday in the northern Indian city of Dehradun and was brought to New Delhi for treatment. This was the second such action of its kind this year. The..

Tibetan Man Detained Following New Solo Protest in Kardze

Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province have detained a Tibetan man after he launched a solo protest in restive Kardze county in a bold public challenge to Beijing’s rule, Tibetan sources in the region and in exile said. Jamyang Dorje, 41, was taken into custody shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Feb. 14 on a road leading to the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) county seat in the Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a Tibetan living in India told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “He was..

Tibetan Monk Jailed For Two Years Over Dalai Lama Photo

A court in northwestern China’s Qinghai province has handed a two-year jail term to a Tibetan monk accused of passing a photo of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to friends via social media, sources in the region and in exile said. Gomar Choephel, 47, was sentenced on Feb. 17 by the People’s Intermediate Court in the Malho (in Chinese, Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “He had already been detained for several months, and has now..

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