French and German citizens call to prioritize human rights and Tibet in meeting China’s Party Secretary, finds new poll

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) commissioned an opinion poll to the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first official visit to several European countries. The opinion poll showed that citizens in France and Germany give greater priority to their leaders raising Tibet and human rights with the Chinese leadership, than pushing for commercial contracts.

New challenges to Tibet policy from inside China

Proposals to display portraits of the Dalai Lama, end denunciation of the Tibetan leader, and lessen police presence in monasteries have been discussed at a series of meetings in Qinghai, according to several unofficial Tibetan sources. The news emerged following the publication of bold new suggestions of engagement with the Dalai Lama and critique of policy on Tibet by Professor Jin Wei from the Central Party School.

One of Tibet`s longest-serving political prisoner released after 17 years

One of Tibet’s longest-serving political prisoners, Jigme Gyatso, has been released from prison after 17 years. During his imprisonment he endured severe torture on several occasions and was imprisoned in Gutsa detention center and also in Drapchi and Chushur prisons in Lhasa. Images received from Tibet show Tibetans waiting to welcome him back to his home area in the Tibetan area of Amdo following his release on March 31.

Tibetan sets fire to himself in Kathmandu; in Tibet, 100th self-immolation

UPDATE (FEBRUARY 14, 2013): The Tibetan who set himself on fire in Kathmandu yesterday (February 13) has died, according to reports in the Nepalese media citing the police in Kathmandu. The Associated Press reported that Nepalese police have stepped up patrols and surveillance in Boudhanath area where many Tibetans are based, and that dozens of …

Six Tibetans in Gansu sentenced after protecting body of self-immolator in aggressive drive to criminalize self-immolations

This report was updated on February 7, 2013 Six Tibetans in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture received sentences ranging from three to 12 years for attempting to protect a Tibetan who set fire to himself. A Chinese official has announced that similar cases are pending in a new drive to criminalize self-immolations and Tibetans who can …