Dalai Lama urges China to halt Tibet policies saying they are obstacles to unity of nationalities

The Dalai Lama has said that the Chinese government’s own actions relating to Tibet are posing major obstacles in the way of its policy of unifying nationalities. In his statement (see below) on March 10, 2008, on the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of 1959, the Dalai Lama outlined the various policies being …

Tracking the Steel Dragon: How China’s economic policies and the railroad are transforming Tibet

The first major report on the impact of the world’s highest altitude railway across the Tibetan plateau reveals how it is changing Tibet, to the detriment of the Tibetan people and land, and details the dramatic implications for the whole of Asia. Mary Beth Markey, Vice President of the Washington, DC-based International Campaign for Tibet, …

European Parliament resolution on the arrest of the Chinese dissident Hu Jia

The European Parliament has passed a resolution in which it ‘strongly condemns’ the detention of Chinese human rights campaigner Hu Jia and demands his prompt release, as well as the release of all dissidents who have been arrested and jailed for crimes of opinion.   Resolution text follows: The European Parliament, – having regard to …

China steps up resettlement of Tibetan herders

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese government will move more than 52,000 Tibetan herders and farmers into permanent housing this year, state media said on Thursday, a practice rights groups say has been marked by abuses.   “The project to improve their living conditions began in 2006, when the regional government set a target of building …