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 …

Three self-immolations in two days as total in Tibet reaches 81

Tamdrin Kyab, age 23 and a former Tibetan Buddhist monk, set fire to himself and died on November 23 in Luchu township, Gansu province. Tamdrin Dorjee, age 29, set fire to himself in the evening of November 23 in front of a government building in Dokarmo in the Tsekhog area of Rebkong, Qinghai province. He …

China’s new leadership and Tibet

  The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced its new ‘Fifth Generation’ leadership on November 15, with Xi Jinping appointed as Party Secretary and head of the CCP Central Military Commission in a once-in-a-decade leadership transition. Members of the new seven-member Standing Committee of the Politburo headed by Xi are older, conservative, and associated with harsh …

Thousands of Tibetan students and schoolchildren gather for peaceful demonstration in Rebkong

Thousands of Tibetans, including small children, have marched on the streets of Rebkong today in a peaceful demonstration following emotional gatherings of Tibetans after two self-immolations in the area in the past two days. Tibetan students and children from middle and high schools in Rebkong (Chinese: Tongren), Qinghai, began to gather for the protests from …

New images from Tibet depict self-immolation of Dorje Rinchen in Labrang today and aftermath

A remarkable new set of images from Labrang today depict the self-immolation of Dorje Rinchen and its aftermath, showing the Tibetan farmer running down the street ablaze, and a buildup of troops in confrontation with local people trying to protect Dorje Rinchen. The self-immolation of Dorje Rinchen has been confirmed by the Chinese state media …

Chinese authorities offer large rewards for information on ‘black hand’ behind Tibetan self-immolations

Chinese security authorities have posted notices today in the Labrang area offering substantial rewards for information about “black hand” behind four recent Tibetan self-immolations in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Reports from Labrang today indicate an intense military buildup in the town of Labrang and Labrang Tashikyil monastery, which is one of the most important and …