Two Tibetans sentenced to death in Lhasa

The Lhasa Intermediate People’s Court in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), has sentenced two Tibetans to death on charges relating to “starting fatal fires”, according to an official report published yesterday. These are the first known death sentences passed against Tibetans in connection with the Lhasa riots on March 14, 2008. Two other Tibetans were …

Disturbing new footage of police brutality in Tibet released by Tibetan government in exile

Days after the 50th anniversary of the March 10 Tibetan uprising, footage has been released by the Tibetan government in exile of brutal police treatment meted out to Tibetans during protests against Chinese rule beginning in March 2008 that swept across the Tibetan plateau and continue sporadically to this day. The graphic and disturbing footage …

A Great Mountain Burned by Fire: China’s Crackdown in Tibet

A new ICT report publishes banned writings from Tibet and reveals intensified repression on the eve of the 10 March anniversary. March 10, 2009, marks the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in Lhasa that led to the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet, and the first anniversary of an unprecedented wave of overwhelmingly peaceful protests …

New protest today in Ngaba after officials ban prayer ceremony

News is emerging of a protest this morning (March 1, 2009) by several hundred monks from Sey monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), the Tibetan area of Amdo, after officials prevented them from marking a major prayer festival. Several hundred monks marched from the monastery after officials banned them from praying, calling to be allowed to …

Monk in Tibet sets himself on fire; shot by police during protest

A Kirti monk in his mid-twenties was shot today by security personnel when he set himself on fire as a form of protest after prayer ceremonies at his monastery were cancelled, according to several sources in the area. It is not known if the monk, Tapey, is still alive as he was surrounded by police …

EU members must coordinate China policies

PARIS — China’s cancellation of the annual EU-China summit four days before it was to be held in Lyon is explained by French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to meet the Dalai Lama in Poland a few days later. But what looks like a diplomatic spat shows European leaders that they need to face up to …

Dalai Lama addresses European Parliament

The Dalai Lama addressed approximately 600 members of European Parliament today during a Plenary Session in Brussels. The Dalai Lama spoke on human values and the fate of Tibet. Commenting on European countries’ relations with China, the Dalai Lama said that while it is important to maintain close ties, “if you are a true friend …

Czech Republic committed to Tibet support ahead of EU Presidency

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Prague from 29 November to 1 December 2008 at the invitation of former Czech President Vaclav Havel and the Czech NGO, Forum 2000. The Czech Republic will head the next EU Presidency of 27 Member States for six months, taking over from France from 1st January, 2009. During this …

China postpones EU-China Summit over Dalai Lama meetings

Brussels – Beijing has postponed the EU-China Summit due to be held in Lyon, France on December 1 due to its displeasure over the Dalai Lama’s visits to several European countries from November 29, including a meeting with French President Sarkozy in Gdansk, Poland and an address to the European Parliament in Brussels. Vincent Metten, …

Tibetan exiles back Dalai Lama, challenge talks with China

The Special Meeting called by the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India closed today with a strong endorsement of the ‘Middle Way’ approach, which seeks a genuine autonomy within the framework of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), but also clearly stated that exile Tibetans might take a position seeking independence if results of engagement were …