Sinicization poses new threats to the survival of Tibetan Buddhist culture and values in Tibet

Ahead of the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted by the US State Department in Washington, DC from July 16 to 18, 2019, the International Campaign for Tibet has obtained information from sources inside Tibet about threats to the survival of Tibetan Buddhist culture and values at a time the Dalai Lama has described as “the darkest period” in Tibetan history.

China tightens screws on Tibetan Buddhism

China has tightened the screws on Tibetan Buddhism, with one of China’s top leaders emphasizing increased Communist Party control over the religion a few days after the China-appointed Panchen Lama prayed at a sacred lake associated with the search for the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation.

European Parliament’s Intergroup on Religious Freedom reports “severe restrictions” against Tibetan Buddhists

In its fourth annual report released today in Brussels, the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance has ranked China among the worst violators of freedom of religion worldwide, noting specific concerns regarding the oppression of Uyghur and Tibetan religious practitioners.

Monks who studied in India banned from teaching in Tibet; new ruling bans schoolchildren from religious activity

In new alarming measures, the Chinese authorities have banned highly educated Tibetan monks who studied in India from teaching Buddhism when they return home to Lithang, and prohibited Tibetan schoolchildren in the Tibet Autonomous Region from engaging in traditional devotional practices during the holy Buddhist month of Saga Dawa.