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 …

Vivid new footage shows young Tibetan being beaten by police while on fire

New footage has emerged of a 22-year old Tibetan exploding in flames and being beaten by police as Tibetans converge upon the scene amidst tear-gas. The footage provides dramatic visual documentation of a self-immolation on January 14 in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) which led to a protest, and police firing into the crowd. A number of …

Tibetan Leader Calls on China to Respond to Middle Way Policy on Tibet

The Tibetan leader, Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the ‘Middle Way’ approach and expressed “hope that China’s upcoming leaders will initiate genuine change” to resolve the Tibetan issue through dialogue. In his statement on the 53rd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of March 10, 1959, the Kalon Tripa referred …

Powerful video footage, images of armed crackdown in 2008 across Tibet; Eyewitness account of militarization of Lhasa today

The Tibetan government in exile based in Dharamsala, India, has released powerful footage shot in a village outside Lhasa of Tibetan homes being raided and laypeople being detained in a major police and special forces operation in 2008. The footage, which has been subtitled into English (an ICT transcript is below) can be viewed at: …

State media confirms Xi Jinping in Lhasa for celebrations

 Reports in China’s official media confirm that Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is currently in Lhasa, leading a central government delegation of 59 senior Party, government and military officials – including Chen Bingde, the People’s Liberation Army Chief of Staff – to “attend a series of celebrations” marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of …

Inaugural Speech of Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay, 8 July 2011, Dharamsala, India

My fellow Tibetans: Today on this auspicious day when Guru Rinpoche, the great Indian yogi who spread Buddhism in Tibet, was born, and in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, our most revered leader, I accept, with deep humility, the post of the Kalon Tripa. We invoke the spirit and call on the …

His Holiness the Dalai Lama announced the transfer of his political power to a democratically elected leader – Statement on the occasion of the 52nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, March 10th 2011

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising of 1959 against Communist China’s repression in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and the third anniversary of the non-violent demonstrations that took place across Tibet in 2008. On this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to and pray for those brave men and women …

9th round of Sino-Tibetan dialogue identifies elements to build upon

The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the strong and detailed statement [1] issued today by Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and chief interlocutor with Chinese officials during nine rounds of dialogue since 2002. Lodi Gyari and envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen briefed the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India this morning …