Tibet Brief – Edition 61

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: Major religious festival cancelled at Larung Gar amid further tightening of religious freedom; 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress confirm Xi Jinping’s grip on power and indicates likely continued hardline position on Tibet; Delegation of Tibetan Parliamentarians visits Europe; Germany political parties committed to support Dalai Lama and Tibet; Central Tibetan Administration holds international conference on the future of the Tibetan movement; U.S. lawmakers call on President Trump to support Tibet; Australia Tibet Council’s new report highlights Chinese influence on Australian Tibet policy (…)

China’s revised religious regulations threaten survival of Tibetan Buddhism

Revised Chinese government regulations on religion consolidate far-reaching powers of the Communist Party state over people’s lives and beliefs, and are a further threat to the continued survival of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet. The revised rules on religious activity, issued by the Chinese State Council on September 7, 2017, conflate peaceful religious practice with ‘threats’ …

Tibet Brief – Edition 60

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) published the 59th edition of its Tibet Brief newsletter. 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: UNESCO approves controversial World Heritage Tibet nomination; Liu Xiaobo’s death – an indelible blot on the history of the Chinese Communist Party; Major live fire drill in Tibet amid China-India border dispute highlights political imperatives; EU diplomats pay rare visit to Tibet; Two further Tibetans self-immolations in exile in July 2017; Italian Government confirms the right of Tibetan refugees to travel to Italy but detains Uyghur exile group leader, raising fears of Chinese interference in Europe; Tech giant Apple accused of “aiding” China’s censorship efforts (…)

UNESCO approves controversial World Heritage Tibet nomination despite concerns

In a highly charged political environment, a UNESCO committee voted on 7 July 2017 to approve a controversial application by the Chinese government to inscribe a vast Tibetan area as a World Heritage site, although it contravenes values and guidelines of the international cultural body.

Tibet Brief – Edition 59

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) published the 59th edition of its Tibet Brief newsletter. 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: 19th EU-China Summit and 35th EU-China Human Rights Dialogue held in Brussels; China under scrutiny at the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council; Karmapa discusses climate change and Tibet Third Pole during first visit to UK; U.S. President Trump proposes cuts to Tibet programmes; New ruling bans Tibetan children from prayer during holy month (…)