Thousands of Tibetans gather across Tibet to mark prayer festival; lockdown of TAR to foreign tourists

Last week, Tibetans across Tibet marked the last day of an important religious festival, gathering in the thousands at monasteries despite the deployment of large numbers of uniformed and plainclothes paramilitary police. Meanwhile, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) closes to foreigners until the end of March, an annual lockdown coinciding with the March 10 anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in 1959.

China’s first counter-terror law and its implications for Tibet

China has passed its first counter-terror law, rejecting concerns from international governments that draconian measures in the name of national security are being used to crack down on Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese civil society and to undermine religious freedom.

Major policy meeting on Tibet in buildup to sensitive anniversary

A major policy meeting on Tibet presided over by China’s top leader Xi Jinping concluded end of August in Beijing, as security is tightened in Lhasa in advance of a political anniversary on September 1. The Tibet Work Forum on August 24-25, setting out Tibet policy for the coming years, is the sixth such strategy …