Five men, including two monks, had been detained by the Chinese authorities in Tibet Autonomous Region over the last two weeks for a range of politically banned activities, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Apr 16.
Even as China keeps denying there are any problems with its rule in occupied Tibet, the number of self-immolation protests there keeps rising, with yet another incident reported to have taken place there, this time on Apr 15 in Tawu (Chinese: Daofu) County of Kardze (Ganzi) Prefecture, Sichuan Province.
China has cancelled on Apr 14 a scheduled human rights dialogue with Britain, apparently angered by the latter’s comments on its rights record in its annual human rights report released the week before.
In its continuing attempt to cast the issue of Tibet as one of the liberation of Tibetan serfs from feudal slavery by China rather than one of occupation rule and human rights, China released a new film in Shanghai on Apr 13, with plans to feature it prominently at the Salento International Film Festival in Italy in June and the Montreal International Film Festival in Canada in August.
Reviewing the country’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a key component of the global bill of rights, the UN Human Rights Committee on Apr 10 urged Nepal to register long staying Tibetans and to ensure that all Tibetans who may have a valid refugee claim are guaranteed access to Nepali territory.
A Tibetan youth was held by Chinese police in Manikengo Town of Sichuan Province’s Dege County around midday on Apr 8 after he took out a lone protest march along a highway, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) and other sources Apr 9.
Though a long-time supporter of the Tibetan cause until very recently, Mr Olemic Thommessen, now the President of Norway's Parliament (Stortinget), has said he won’t meet with the Dalai Lama when the latter visits Oslo in May 2014, reported newsinenglish.no Apr 9.
Having found it to contain "enormous oil and natural gas potential", China has now punched a seven-kilometre borehole into the Tibetan Plateau in a bid to extract these globally scarce resources, reported scmp.com Apr 7.
The Dalai Lama arrived in Japan’s capital Tokyo on Apr 6 for a series of events which include offering prayers and succour for the victims of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami which hit the country in Mar 2011, as well as to give public talks and religious teachings, to hold discussions with scientists and to interact with students.
Chinese authorities in Trido Township of Nagchu (Chinese: Naqu) prefecture’s Sog (Suo) County, Tibet Autonomous Region, have on Mar 28 detained two Tibetans for text messaging about local events and incidents and also a monk over Tibetan independence slogans painted near a local bridge, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Apr 4.
He may be a criminal to the Chinese government which jailed him for six years for having led a Tibetan protest against its rule in his hometown of Meruma in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County, Sichuan province, in 2008.
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Tibet in History this Week
April 20, 1920: The Chinese Mission that had come to Lhasa to negotiate with the Tibetan government after the failure of the Simla Conference left Lhasa for Peaking without reaching any agreement with the Tibetan government.
April 18, 1959: The Dalai Lama arrived in Tezpur, Northeast India, after fleeing Tibet.
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