The Tibet Brief is an ICT publication for policy-makers, providing concise information and perspectives on the political, economic and human rights situation in Tibet. In this edition: US Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act enacted; Teen monk beaten and arrested as wave of protests and self-immolations continues; Tibetans ordered to prostrate to pictures of Chinese President; Developping technological totalitarianism in Tibet: Hikvision; New ICT analysis: The origin of the ‘Xinjiang model’ in Tibet under Chen Quanguo (…)
The International Campaign for Tibet is among several NGOS that sent a letter to the UN Human Rights Council urging it to pass a resolution at its upcoming session addressing China’s human rights abuses.
There are growing fears about the welfare of a Tibetan monk who was released from prison this month after spending three-and-a-half years in jail for wearing a t-shirt that celebrated the Dalai Lama’s birthday.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China published today a report on media freedoms in that country that underscores the need for overseas journalists and citizens to have reciprocal access to Tibet.
A coalition of NGOs including ICT addressed a letter to the Director general of Belgian newspaper Le Soir today, urging him to stop publishing articles from official Chinese press bodies in his newspaper.
The lawyer of Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk, who marks three years in a Chinese prison on Jan. 27, 2019, was denied access to him last week despite Tashi Wangchuk’s request to meet him to discuss making a new petition about his case.
There is growing evidence that military and security officials in Xinjiang (known to Uyghurs as East Turkestan) are collaborating more closely with their counterparts in the border areas of Tibet and elsewhere, reflecting the Chinese leadership’s alignment of Tibet and Xinjiang and the importance of both regions to the Chinese government in fulfilling its strategic and economic objectives.
In this issue: Tibetans required to make offerings to pictures of Xi Jinping; New measures for ‘border security’ in Tibet underlines intensified focus on militarization and Xi Jinping emphasis on ‘combat readiness’; Dramatic acceleration in development announced at Party Congress
As Chinese authorities reacted angrily against President Trump signing into law the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, they stepped up criticism of the Dalai Lama, republishing baseless negative articles that exposed China’s fear of the new law, which received strong bipartisan and bicameral support in the US.
Following its unanimous passage by both the House and the Senate of the United States, President Donald Trump signed the on 19 December the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, marking a new era of US support for Tibetans and a challenge to China’s discriminatory policies in Tibet.