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 …

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 …

No progress in eighth round of dialogue as Chinese reject autonomy proposal

Chinese official Zhu Weiqun today categorically denounced an autonomy proposal presented by the Dalai Lama’s envoys during the eighth round of dialogue last week in an uncompromising stance that counters the hopes of Tibetans for genuine autonomy in their homeland (see Xinhua). By rejecting the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way approach as “disguised independence” and openly …

Statement of Special Envoy Kasur Lodi Gyari, Head of the Tibetan Delegation, following the 8th round of discussions

Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen and I, accompanied by senior aides Sonam N. Dagpo and Bhuchung K. Tsering, both members of the Task Force on Sino-Tibetan Negotiations, and Kalsang Tsering from the Secretariat of the Task Force, visited China from October 30 to November 5, 2008. We returned to India on November 6, 2008. The main purpose …

Important statement by Dalai Lama ‘speaking truth to power’

The Dalai Lama delivers a statement at a prayer ceremony in Dharamsala, India on April 5, 2008.The Dalai Lama has made an important statement about his role and Tibet’s future in which he admits that his faith in the present Chinese government is ‘thinning’. He also advances a historic precedent for a Dalai Lama by …

Governments criticize Nepal authorities for detention of three Tibetans and mistreatment of Tibetan protestors in Nepal

The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Finland, and France have issued a joint demarche to the Nepal government objecting to the detention of three Tibetan community leaders on June 19, and to the harsh treatment of Tibetans in Kathmandu protesting against the Chinese crackdown in Tibet since March …

ICT delivers UN statement on illegal killings by security forces in Tibet

On 3 June, ICT delivered an oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on the use of extrajudicial and summary executions in Tibet. As ICT does not have an official status at the UN, the statement was delivered under the name of France Libertés. ICT’s director for government relations in Europe, Stewart …

Dalai Lama’s envoys hold press conference following talks

The Dalai Lama’s envoys reported back today on talks with officials from the United Front Work Department in Shenzhen, China, on Sunday [May 4]. Special Envoy Lodi Gyari, speaking to press in Dharamsala, India, after briefing the Dalai Lama, referred to the significance of a comment by Chinese President and Party Secretary Hu Jintao yesterday …