Chinese police in Chamdo (Chinese: Changdu) County of Tibet autonomous Region have detained a learned Tibetan Buddhist monk for what it considered politically sensitive materials and tortured and beaten him to such extent that he died while being taken to hospital a day after his release.
Tibetans in many parts of Qinghai and Sichuan Provinces who have since the 2008 uprising protests refused to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, as a mark of mourning for and solidarity with those who had been killed or who continued suffer persecution have been marking the occasion this time with special religious fervour.
Independent human rights experts working as Special Rapporteurs to the UN under its Special Procedures have on Feb 24 released a joint report compiling a series of communications they had sent to the government of the People’s Republic of China, expressing serious concern over the human rights situation in Tibet.
The Dalai Lama celebrated his first Losar, the Tibetan New Year, outside Tibet and India on Mar 2 in the US City of Minneapolis which declared the day as ‘His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s day of peace and compassion’.
China’s fifth generation leadership which took government power under President Xi Jinping in March last year was responsible for the harshest suppression of civil society in over a decade, reported US-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) Mar 3, quoting prominent rights lawyer Teng Biao.
The Tibetan Plateau region has experienced rising seismic activity in recent years and part of the explanation for it may lie in China’s increased dam building activities there, according to thethirdpole.net Feb 28.
Infrastructural opening up continues to be a major focus of China’s development plan for Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) with 200 billion yuan (about US$ 32.67 billion) being earmarked for building new roads and repairing old ones there over the next six years, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Feb 28.
A Tibetan monk arrested a second time on Jan 18, 2013 for involvement in protests against Chinese rule was given a three-year jail sentence on Jun 20, 2013 by a court in Marthang (Chinese: Hongyuan) County of Ngaba (Aba) Prefecture, Sichuan Province, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Feb 28.
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Tibet in History this Week
March 1890 : Tibet repudiated a "convention relating to Sikkim and Tibet" signed in Calcutta between the British Viceroy, Lord Lansdowne, of India and the Chinese Amban in Lhasa, Shheng Tai. The treaty recognised Sikkim as British protectorate and provided for the delimitation of the boundary between Tibet and Sikkim.
News in Quotes
I'd like to wish you all a happy new year. Let's each make a determination to be a more sincere, compassionate, warm-hearted and non-violent human being trying to make our world a more equal place. That way we can actually make it a happy year.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 1 January 2014, www.dalai lama.com