25 AUGUST 2018
The Great Game for the Future of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan language activist Tashi Wangchuk sentenced to 5 years by China over New York Times video
A Tibetan man who campaigned against the erosion of his language and culture has been imprisoned in China for « inciting separatism »
28 APRIL 2018
China opposes US resolution on Tibet issue
The US Senate on Thursday agreed to a resolution which claimed that the responsibility for identifying a future 15th Dalai Lama only rest with officials of the 14th Dalai Lama’s private office and any interference from the Chinese government is invalid
30 MARCH 2018
‘Tibet will set the litmus test for China’s rise’
Tibetans are preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s exile in India. Indian officials stoked controversy by spurning celebrations to avoid angering China. Sonia Phalnikar reports from Dharamsala
Dalai Lama cuts foreign travel due to age, exhaustion
The Dalai Lama, the globe-trotting Tibetan spiritual leader, will do no more traveling this year, a spokesman said, saying the 82-year-old is aging and « exhausted. »
17 FEBRUARY 2018
Fire hits Jokhang temple, one of Tibet’s most sacred
A fire broke out Saturday at one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa’s revered Jokhang temple, state media said, but no casualties were reported and the extent of the damage remained unclear
29 DECEMBER 2017
Tibetan filmmaker welcomed in US after ‘risky’ escape from China
Dhondup Wangchen, who had been convicted of subversion, has been reunited with wife and children and is ‘enjoying the feeling of safety and freedom’
15 JULY 2017
Did the Dalai Lama prefer exile in Myanmar to India?
Did the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist God King of Tibet, really want to go to Myanmar rather than India when he fled his homeland in 1959?
9 MAY 2017
The Dalai Lama and the Shugden Schism
The strange story of a 17th century feud and its relevance for Tibetan geopolitics today
7 APRIL 2017
Tibet ‘not seeking independence’, says Dalai Lama as China lashes out at India
The Dalai Lama, while on his controversial visit to India, declared Tibet was “not seeking independence” from China, but instead wanted “meaningful autonomy”. He also rejected China’s claim India was using him as a political pawn
1st APRIL 2017
Dalai Lama visits northeastern India, despite Chinese warning
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has begun his 12-day trip to India’s northeastern areas. China, which claims some of those regions, warned India the trip would have an adverse impact on bilateral ties
2 MARCH 2017
Tibet women’s football team ‘denied US visas’
A Tibetan women’s football team has claimed that they have been denied United States visas to take part in a tournament in Texas
15 FEBRUARY 2017
Tibetan PM seeks Japan’s support for autonomy of Tibetan people
Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan administration in India, on Wednesday urged Japanese lawmakers to back the ‘middle-way approach’ of autonomy for the Tibetan people
4 FEBRUARY 2017
Tibetan musician freed after four years in prison for his patriotic songs
Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province have freed a Tibetan singer jailed for four years for writing songs praising the Dalai Lama and highlighting the hardships of life under Beijing’s rule, according to a Tibetan source
3 JANUARY 2017
China tightens Tibetan border security to combat ‘separatism’
China has tightened security regulations in Tibet’s border region to battle the risks of terrorism and ‘separatism’, the state-owned Global Times said
26 DECEMBER 2016
Tibetans in anguish as Chinese mines pollute their sacred grasslands
China’s thirst for mineral resources — and its desire to exploit the rich deposits under the Tibetan plateau — have spread environmental pollution and anguish for many of the herders whose ancestors lived here for thousands of years
20 NOVEMBER 2016
Dalai Lama visits Mongolia over China’s objections
The Dalai Lama met with Buddhist worshippers Saturday during a four-day visit to Mongolia, despite Beijing’s strident demand that he be barred from entering the country
30 SEPTEMBER 2016
Countering Dalai Lama influence is China’s top ethnic priority in Tibet
China will make countering the Dalai Lama’s influence the “highest priority” in its work on ethnic affairs in Tibet, the region’s Communist Party boss says while vowing to uproot the monk’s “separatist and subversive” activities.
22 SEPTEMBER 2016
In Tibet, religious freedom comes with Chinese characteristics
Visitors say religion is flourishing under Beijing rule, but monks are closely watched, analysts say
28 AUGUST 2016
China names new chief for Tibet in party reshuffle
China’s ruling Communist Party appointed a new senior official on Sunday to run Tibet, considered one of the country’s most politically sensitive positions due to periodic anti-Chinese unrest in the devoutly Buddhist Himalayan region
28 JULY 2016
Niece of Tibetan Priest Flees China, Says He Died of Torture
Nyima Lhamo told The Associated Press late Wednesday that her family believes Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died as a result of torture and not from a heart attack as Chinese officials said
21 JULY 2016
China’s Panchen Lama carries out religious rite in Tibet, first in 50 years
A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, began an important Buddhist rite on Thursday, the first time in 50 years it has happened in Tibet, state media said
16 JUNE 2016
Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House
The meeting between US President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been condemned by China – leading Beijing to lodge diplomatic representations with Washington
27 MAY 2016
Dalai Lama urges Tibetan unity as political leader sworn in
The Dalai Lama urged Tibetans to remain united on Friday, telling an audience gathered for the swearing-in of his exiled people’s new leader that they must avoid the schisms that had damaged other religions
28 APRIL 2016
‘Little hope’ for exiled Tibetans’ autonomy push
With Chinese power growing and Western support fading, Tibet’s new government-in-exile may have its hands tied. DW spoke to activist Klemens Ludwig about the region’s prospects for gaining more political autonomy
20 MARCH 2016
Tibetans worldwide vote for government-in-exile
Tens of thousands of Tibetan exiles are voting around the world to elect a new prime minister and parliament for a second time since the Dalai Lama had stepped down as head of the government to focus on his role as a spiritual leader.
4 MARCH 2016
Tibetan in India Dies Days After Setting Himself on Fire to Protest China
A 16-year-old Tibetan student living in India has died three days after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, a hospital official said on Friday
4 FEBRUARY 2016
Foreigners Banned from Tibet in March
All travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region by foreign visitors will be suspended from February 25 to March 30 due to the annual Tibetan Uprising Day, which happens on March 10
9 JANUARY 2016
Tibet PM calls for dialogue with China
Visiting Japan, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, has called on China to resume dialogue with envoys of Tibetian spiritual leader the Dalai Lama
1 DECEMBER 2015
The Last Dalai Lama?
At 80, Tenzin Gyatso is still an international icon, but the future of his office — and of the Tibetan people — has never been more in doubt.
14 OCTOBER 2015
Tibetan writer released by China after 10 years in jail
A Tibetan author jailed by China for writing a book about the Himalayan region has been released after a decade in prison, a US-based rights group said
8 SEPTEMBER 2015
China celebrates 50th anniversary of Tibet’s autonomy
A grand ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region is held at the square of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region
6 SEPTEMBER 2015
China says missing Panchen Lama is ‘living a normal life’
A young Tibetan who vanished two decades ago after he was chosen by the Dalai Lama as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism is « living a normal life » and does not want to be disturbed, a senior Chinese official said on Sunday.
26 AUGUST 2015
Xi vows to end Tibetan separatism push
China will wage an unceasing fight against separatism in its restive mountainous region of Tibet, President Xi Jinping said, as the government repeated it would never accept exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s genuine autonomy proposals
16 JULY 2015
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s Body is Cremated in Prison against family’s wishes
Chinese authorities cremated the body of a prominent Tibetan monk on Thursday, his sister said, denying family members custody of his remains amid suspicions over the cause of his death. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/detentions-protests-china-revered-monk-dies-groups-074450568.html
13 JULY 2015
High-profile Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in prison in China
The Buddhist lama was serving a 13-year sentence for a crime that did not commit. His condition had been serious for some time, but he was never treated. Worldwide condolences are made for the « revered Tibetan teacher » who died « in suspicious circumstances »
19 APRIL 2015
Making progress on Tibet
The reason for the failure to resolve the issue is not because of tensions on the ground. It’s because of the inability of the two leaderships to agree on what the issue is
15 APRIL 2015
China issues white paper on Tibet, denouncing Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’
The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a white paper on southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, applauding its development path and denouncing the « middle way » advocated by the Dalai Lama
11 APRIL 2015
Tibetan nun burns herself to death in China: reports
A Tibetan nun is believed to have died after setting herself on fire to protest China’s rule over the Himalayan region and to voice support for the Dalai Lama, rights groups and media said
9 MARCH 2015
China Says Dalai Lama ‘Profanes’ Buddhism by Doubting his Reincarnation
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is profaning Buddhism by suggesting that he will not being reincarnated when he dies, the Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet said in some of China’s strongest comments to date on the subject
28 JANUARY 2015
Communist Officials in Tibetan Region Punished for Separatism, China Says
Fifteen Communist Party officials in central Tibet who were accused of taking part in separatist activities last year have been punished for violating party discipline
6 DECEMBER 2014
Tibetan political prisoner dies from torture inflicted by Chinese police
Tenzin Choedak, 33, had served nearly six years of a 15-year prison sentence. He was in bad physical conditions because of abuse suffered during interrogation and never treated. Before his arrest, he cooperated with the Red Cross.
1 DECEMBER 2014
China jails Tibetan singer over political lyrics
Kalsang Yarphel, 39, was convicted by a court in the south-western province of Sichuan after taking part in concerts encouraging people to speak and learn Tibetan, India-based news website Phayul.com reported
28 NOVEMBER 2014
Tibetans sentenced to 13 years for protesting against police role in Drango massacre
A group of ten people was recently convicted on charges of « subverting state power » for demanding justice in connection with an incident during the Chinese New Year in 2012, when police fired on Tibetan protesters, killing at least five people.
5 NOVEMBER 2014
China to punish Tibet officials who support Dalai Lama
China will severely punish officials in Tibet who support the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, the region’s top Communist leader said according to state media reports Wednesday.
29 OCTOBER 2014
Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet
In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile
2 OCTOBER 2014
Dalai Lama visa row halts Nobel forum in South Africa
A meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates, due to be held in Cape Town, has been cancelled after South Africa refused the Dalai Lama a visa.
9 SEPTEMBER 2014
Cracks Show in Tibetan Buddhism
Some followers in the west march to a different drummer
7 SEPTEMBER 2014
Dalai Lama says no need for successor: German paper
The Dalai Lama has told a German newspaper that he should be the last Tibetan spiritual leader, ending a centuries-old religious tradition from his Himalayan homeland.
4 SEPTEMBER 2014
Tibet, living Buddha left « unrecognizable » from torture after arrest during 2008 protests
Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche, a much loved and highly respected lama from the Tibetan Buddhist community, is in serious condition, weak and emaciated. The first religious leader to go to jail after the riots of March 2008, he was sentenced to eight years in prison thanks to a confession extorted by violence.
Dalai Lama denied South Africa visa for Nobel summit
The Dalai Lama has again been refused entry to South Africa, where he was scheduled to attend the 14th world summit of Nobel peace laureates, his representative has said.
16 AUGUST 2014
China promotes mixed marriages in Tibet as way to achieve ‘unity’
In recent weeks, Chinese officials in charge of the Tibetan Autonomous Region have ordered a run of stories in local newspapers promoting mixed marriages. And according to newly published government reports, the government has adopted a series of policies in recent years favorable to interracial couples
15 AUGUST 2014
New Zealand politician rejects pro-China Tibet document
The former mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, Sir Bob Parker, says he is not happy to be associated with the document which China is calling the ‘Lhasa Consensus.’
8 AUGUST 2014-08-12
Tibetans in Exile Reach Out to Chinese Citizens in Renewed Push for Autonomy
4 AUGUST 2014
Tibet, thousands celebrate enthronement of new Penor Rinpoche
The small Pema Dorjee, recognized in 2009 as a reincarnation of the head of the Nyingma lineage, took possession of the Palyul monastery in Tibet. His school is the oldest of all the Buddhist world, and presents the ancestral religion of Bon. Beijing did not intervene
15 JULY 2014
Dalai Lama Calls for a ‘Realistic’ Approach to Break Tibet Impasse
Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday called for a “realistic” approach to resolving the Tibet question, warning that viewing the dispute merely through the prism of history would only aggravate the situation
9 JULY 2014
Tibet writer detained as Kerry visits China
A well-known Tibetan writer has said that she and her husband have been placed under house arrest in Beijing, as China plays host to US State Secretary John Kerry for the latest round of US-China talks.
23 MAY 2014
Historial texts reveal Tibetan solution
9 MAY 2014
Dalai Lama snub a ‘sacrifice’ for better China ties: Norway
Norway’s government said Friday that its decision not to meet the Dalai Lama during a three-day trip to Oslo was a « necessary sacrifice » to normalise its relations with China
11 FEBRUARY 2014
Spain court signs ex-Chinese leaders’ arrest warrants
A Spanish court has issued international arrest warrants for several former Chinese leaders, including retired President Jiang Zemin, as part of an investigation into alleged genocide in Tibet.
16 JANUARY 2014
Residents rally for detained Tibetan monk in China
Hundreds of residents and monks in western China’s Qinghai province gathered in front of a jail this week in a rare rally to demand the release of a highly respected Tibetan monk, a Tibetan writer and a local person said Thursday.
28 DECEMBER 2013
Writer: China detains Tibetan monk and supporters
Chinese authorities have detained a highly regarded Tibetan monk and 16 of his supporters, a Tibetan writer said Friday, as Beijing tightens its grip over the region.
10 DECEMBER 2013
Exile Leader Reassures Beijing Tibetans Not Seeking Separation
Tibetan exile political leader Lobsang Sangay reassured the Chinese leadership on Tuesday that Tibetans do not seek separation from China, but only a “genuine autonomy” under guarantees already provided under China’s constitution
30 NOVEMBER 2013
David Cameron to distance Britain from Dalai Lama during China visit
David Cameron will distance Britain from the Dalai Lama during a trip to China next week as the price for restoring full business and diplomatic relations with Beijing
19 NOVEMBER 2013
Spain issues arrest order for China’s ex-leader
Spain’s National Court on Tuesday issued arrest orders for former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and four other officials as part of a probe into alleged genocide by China against Tibet.
2 NOVEMBER 2013
China to stamp out Dalai Lama’s ‘propaganda’ in Tibet
China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his « propaganda » is not received by anyone on the Internet, television or other means, a top official said.
30 OCTOBER 2013
China Patriotism Campaign Backfires in Tibet
A Chinese government campaign to build patriotism in Tibet appears to have backfired, leading to protests, mass shootings and detentions in a restive area 560 kilometers northeast of Lhasa.
The Immortal Bodhi Tree: Tibet and the Chinese Occupation
Meerten Ter Borg distinguishes between “power of religion” and “religious power.” The former refers to the institutional nature of power, whereas the latter is concerned with the source of power. This source of power may be transcendental, and hence, need not be materialistic in nature. In the case of Tibet, a combination of the two has taken place to set it apart from other Buddhist societies.
22 OCTOBER 2013
China issues white paper on Tibet’s development
The Chinese government on Tuesday issued a white paper on west China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, detailing its comprehensive development and rapid progress in the past 60-odd years.
22 OCTOBER 2013
Tibetan activists held after scaling UN to protest China record
Activists protesting against China’s rule over Tibet were being held after scaling scaffolding on the UN European headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday and unfurling a banner before a session examining China’s human rights record.
17 OCTOBER 2013
Tibet self-immolations: Tsering Woeser and Ai Weiwei collaborate on book
Tibetan poet Tsering Woeser and dissident artist Ai Weiwei have collaborated on a book about Tibetan self-immolations, attempting to explain the suicidal protests that have gripped the Himalayan region since 2009.
11 OCTOBER 2013
China criticises Spain lawsuit over former president
China on Friday criticised a lawsuit in Spain against former Chinese president Hu Jintao over allegations of human rights abuses in Tibet. http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-criticises-spain-lawsuit-over-former-president
10 OCTOBER 2013
Spanish court indicts China’s ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges
On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court. http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1329293/spanish-court-indicts-former-president-hu-jintao-genocide-charges http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374247/spain-probes-former-chinese-president-over-tibet-genocide
8 OCTOBER 2013
Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, famous lama, died in Chengdu after being stabbed to death, born 25 December 1939
4 OCTOBER 2013
Tibetan Students Denied Permission to Travel for Overseas Study
Chinese authorities are refusing to issue passports to a group of young Tibetans who have received approval for study in Japan and the U.S., leading some to stage protests outside provincial government offices to highlight the discrimination
26 SEPTEMBER 2013
Missing for 16 months, Tibetan poet « reappears » in prison
Lobsang Namgyal wrote a volume of poetry critical of the way the Tibetan people lives under Chinese rule. Arrested a first time in 2008 after the riots in Lhasa, he went missing on 15 May 2012. The authorities failed to notify his family of his arrest.
16 SEPTEMBER 2013
Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said Monday
21 AUGUST 2013
The “Patriotic education” of Tibet
If true, reports of an easing of China’s policies on Tibet would come as a welcome relief to a long-repressed people.
13 AUGUST 2013
China ‘hacking websites in hunt for Tibetan dissidents’
Beijing has been accused of launching hacking attacks on popular India-based Tibetan websites to find and jail Tibetan dissidents living in China.
9 AUGUST 2013
Popular Tibetan Performer Detained for ‘Political’ Song
Chinese security officials have detained a popular Tibetan musician and singer for performing a song calling on Tibetans to ‘unite’ and to learn and speak their own language, as China continues to crack down on public assertions of Tibetan national and cultural identity. Kalsang Yarphel, 38, was taken into custody in Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa on July 14 and was flown under guard to Chengdu, in Sichuan province, former political prisoner Lhamo Kyab told
9 JULY 2013
China Vows to Step Up Fight Against Dalai Lama
China’s top official in charge of religious groups and ethnic minorities vowed on Tuesday to step up the fight against exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, as a rights group reported police shootings of monks marking his birthday http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/09/china-deepen-struggle-dalai-lama http://www.voanews.com/content/china-to-step-up-fight-against-dalai-lama-shootings-reported/1697990.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/09/chinese-police-shot-tibetan-monks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23236996
27 JUNE 2013
China urged to stop ‘uprooting Tibetans’
The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report said that lives had been thrown into disarray after more than two million Tibetans were uprooted in the past seven years. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/20136279222729998.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/tibet/10146867/Seven-years-in-Tibet-2-million-displaced-by-Chinese-relocation-policy.html
24 JUNE 2013
China May be Easing Up on Tibet
In an abrupt and unexpected reversal of policy, Chinese government officials have told monks in some Tibetan areas that they are now free to « worship » the Dalai Lama as a « religious leader. » The new policy document – prefixed with the word « experiment » – also asked that the monks now refrain from « criticizing the Dalai Lama, » and « stop using such labels as a wolf in a monk’s robe, » a common pejorative hurled against the Tibetan spiritual leader by Beijing. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5518&Itemid=206
23 JUNE 2013
Two distinct vews on Tibet ?
Thubten Samphel, who is Director of the Tibet Policy Institute in Dharamsala argues that there are different views on the role that the Dalai Lama could play in what Beijing calls ‘China’s Tibet’. http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/2013/06/two-distinct-views-on-tibet.html?goback=%2Egde_2387236_member_253040456
19 JUNE 2013
China completes monitoring scheme for Tibet
China has undertaken a monitoring scheme in Tibet asking all internet and phone users to register under their real names and addresses, to curb « social problems ». http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/2013619115455987467.html
13 JUNE 2013
Dalai Lama doubts effect of Tibetan self-immolations
The Dalai Lama said that the recent spate of Tibetan self-immolations in protest against Chinese rule was having little effect on Beijing’s policies, while urging China to look harder at the reasons behind the incidents. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/tibet/10117850/Dalai-Lama-doubts-effect-of-Tibetan-self-immolations.html
11 JUNE 2013
Chinese Diplomats Threaten French Journalist After Tibet Report
Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday it is outraged by the way Chinese diplomatic personnel have harassed and threatened Frenh journalist Cyril Payen, a reporter for the French TV news station France 24, since the station broadcast his documentary “Seven days in Tibet” on May 30. http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20130612-china-harasses-france-24-tv-over-tibet-documentary http://www.eurasiareview.com/11062013-chinese-diplomats-threaten-french-journalist-after-tibet-report%e2%80%8f/ http://www.france24.com/en/20130612-china-intimidates-france-24-reporter-over-tibet-film
28 MAY 2013
Thousands of Tibetans Protest Against Mine
As many as 5,000 Tibetans have protested against Chinese mining operations at a site considered sacred by local residents, drawing a large security force to the area and prompting fears of clashes, according to Tibetan sources this week. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/mine-05282013170400.html
28 MAY 2013
US Congress mulls Tibetan exile visas
US lawmakers debating a landmark immigration bill have agreed to provide 5,000 US visas for displaced Tibetans in Nepal and India over the next three years in an effort to support the refugee community and as a response to China’s suppression of the Tibetan people. http://asiancorrespondent.com/108256/us-congress-mulls-tibetan-exile-visas/
14 MAY 2013
Chinese Police Beat Monk to Death Over Banned Cassettes
A Tibetan monk found in possession of recordings of speeches by exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been beaten to death by Chinese police, according to Tibetan sources http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/cassettes-05142013132742.html
25 APRIL 2013
Two Tibetan monks and a woman set themselves on fire: 119 immolations
The two young monks belonged to the Ngaba monastery (Sichuan). Little information on the 23-year old woman. Beijing increases controls on monasteries, cuts communications with the outside world and imprisons the promoters of these desperate protests. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Two-Tibetan-monks-and-a-woman-set-themselves-on-fire:-119-immolations-27757.html
23 APRIL 2013
Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees
On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. « The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-promises-China-to-crack-down-on-Tibetan-refugees-27732.html
24 MARCH 2013
China’s new leadership should overhaul failed Tibet policies
The confirmation of China’s new leadership last week coincided with the fifth anniversary of violent protests across the Tibetan Plateau. In mid-March 2008, an estimated 30,000 Tibetans were involved in more than 100 ‘mass incidents’, ranging from peaceful demonstrations to violent attacks on people and property. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/24/chinas-new-leadership-should-overhaul-failed-tibet-policies/
20 MARCH 2013
Surrender the best option for Tibet
Is there a future for the Tibetan cause? After two years of protests and more than 100 suicides across the historical region of Tibet, it is hard to see any real evolution in the cause of Tibetan independence or even autonomy. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-02-200313.html
Profile: Tibetan Buddhism’s Karmapa Lama
A religious figure comes into his own as artist and green activist http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5242&Itemid=206
7 MARCH 2013
Tighter Controls on Award Winning Tibetan Writer
Chinese authorities have further tightened restrictions on Beijing-based Tibetan poet and blogger Tsering Woeser, moving police guards to the floor of her apartment building a day ahead of a State Department ceremony honoring her for her courage in striving to uphold Tibetan rights. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/award-03072013134618.html
14 FEBRUARY 2013
100th Tibetan self-immolates in China, advocacy groups say
The number of Tibetans in China who have set themselves on fire to protest Beijing’s rule has reached 100, according to Tibetan advocacy groups. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/13/world/asia/china-tibet-self-immolation/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
7 FEBRUARY 2013
China detains 70 in bid to crack down on Tibet self-immolation protests
The operation, the largest of its kind yet reported by Beijing, is part of an intensifying effort to quell the fiery protests. It comes on the heels of a documentary released in China that blames Westerners, particularly Voice of America, for encouraging people to set themselves on fire and then treating those who do as heroes. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/07/16885142-china-detains-70-in-bid-to-crack-down-on-tibet-self-immolation-protests?lite
31 JANUARY 2013
China condemns Tibetan monk to death for « instigating » self immolations
Lorang Konchok, 40, has also lost his political rights. With him, his nephew also condemned to 10 years in prison. Sichuan court declares them guilty of murder in eight cases of self-immolation, three of them fatal. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-condemns-Tibetan-monk-to-death-for-instigating-self-immolations-27011.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/chinese-court-tibetans-encouraging-immolation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21271854
23 NOVEMBER 2012
Tibet, Beijing punishes the families of young people who set themselves on fire
By order of the central government, the authorities of Qinghai Province cancel aid to the victims’ relatives and suspend all development projects in villages and towns where self-immolations have occurred. In two weeks, nine Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the province. All those who have paid tribute, even with small messages of condolence, to the young people who committed suicide, will be punished. Severe penalties also for party officials who are too « soft » with the activists.
20 NOVEMBER 2012
Self immolations of Tibetans 2009-2012
16 NOVEMBER 2012
British Buddhist monk self-immolates at French monastery
The 38-year-old Briton, who police did not name, had been living at Nalanda monastery near the southwestern village of Labastide-Saint-Georges for the past five years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9682645/British-Buddhist-monk-self-immolates-at-French-monastery.html
9 NOVEMBER 2012
Despite deadly week, Communist Party says Tibetans ‘feel very happy’
China’s ruling Communist Party on Friday declared Tibetans were “very happy” even as six Tibetans reportedly self-immolated over two days this week to protest Chinese rule.
6 NOVEMBER 2012
UN Tibet statement welcomed and rejected
Human rights workers and Tibet-focused activists are hailing a strongly worded statement by the United Nations’ top official on human rights, drawing attention to growing public discontent in Tibet just ahead of a major leadership shuffle that will reverberate throughout the Communist Party of China. The statement, released Friday November 2 was the first time that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had publicly commented on the situation in Tibet, despite years of lobbying by activist support groups
4 NOVEMBER 2012
Mass Protest After Fatal Burning
Thousands of Tibetans staged protests against Chinese rule after another self-immolation death Sunday in a Tibetan-populated area in Qinghai province, triggering a massive security buildup, according to sources. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/blaze-11042012105433.html
2 NOVEMBER 2012
UN Speaks Out on Tibet
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on China on Friday to address the grievances of Tibetans amid reports of new security clampdowns, travel restrictions, and disruption of communication links in Tibetan areas as Beijing prepares for a major leadership transition next week.
27 OCTOBER 2012
Tibet and China: History of a Complex Relationship
For at least 1500 years, the nation of Tibet has had a complex relationship with its large and powerful neighbor to the east, China. The political history of Tibet and China reveals that the relationship has not always been as one-sided as it now appears.
27 OCTOBER 2012
The massacre Tibetan continues, two other young men set themselves on fire
Within days, five self-immolations. The « worst » week in the fight against what they call the imperialism of Beijing and the cultural genocide. Denouncing the « failure » of Chinese politics, Free Tibet appeals for the future leadership that responds to the « quest for freedom »
22 OCTOBER 2012
Tibetan sets himself on fire inside the Labrang monastery
A Tibetan man in his 50s has set himself on fire inside the Labrang monastery, according to Free Tibet, the activist group.
5 OCTOBER 2012
Tibetan PM-in-Exile ‘Ready to Engage’ in China Talks
Rising tensions, including an ongoing Chinese crackdown on dissent, will not stop Tibet’s government-in-exile from seeking talks with Beijing. « We are ready to engage in dialogue with the Chinese government anytime, anywhere, this is where we stand http://www.voanews.com/content/tibetan_pm_in_exile_ready_to_engage_in_china_talks/1521405.html
4 OCTOBER 2012
Tibetan Blogger Self-Immolates, Leaves Posts Behind
Sources tell VOA’s Tibetan Service a 43-year-old poet and blogger named Gudrup engulfed himself in flames Thursday in Dreru, Tibet – part of the area China has designated the Tibet Autonomous Region. The authorities so far are refusing to release his body to his family
2 OCTOBER 2012
More Tibetans convicted as Dharamsala calls for prudence
China seems unwilling to reach a deal with the people of Tibet. Instead, it continues to crack down hard on demonstrators and opponents. Meanwhile, Diaspora Tibetans end summit on self-immolations blaming Beijing for the current situation. Delegates urge Tibetans to follow the Dalai Lama’s « middle way ».
27 AUGUST 2012
Two Tibetans Self-Immolate
Fifty-one Tibetans have now set themselves ablaze to protest Chinese rule. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/immolate-08272012150023.html
24 AUGUST 2012
Tibet Battles Women Trafficking
Chinese authorities recorded a big jump in the trafficking of women and children from Tibet to Chinese provinces last year as an expert said that more than half of the 72 counties in the Tibet Autonomous Region have grappled with women-smuggling problems.
18 AUGUST 2012
Mystery surrounds the fate of five Tibetan monks arrested by Chinese police
Three young monks were detained on 12 August; two more were taken 16 August. All were arrested in their monastery. Police action stems from their alleged involvement in recent self-immolation. The TCHRD reports a situation of extreme tensions
16 AUGUST 2012
Tibetan Shot Dead in Protest
Chinese security forces shot dead a Tibetan and detained six others as they dispersed a crowd of 1,000 Tibetans protesting against the resumption of mining operations in a county in Tibet
10 AUGUST 2012
Tibet’s political future lies in ‘Middle Way’
By Lobsang Sangay
August 2011 was a notable month for democracy for the peoples of Thailand and Tibet. On August 5, Thailand voted in its first female prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. On August 8 last year, I was inaugurated as the first Tibetan political leader to be democratically elected and took over the leadership under a new governing system in which the Dalai Lama ceased to have political authority.
8 AUGUST 2012
Tibetan woman dies after setting herself alight
A Tibetan woman died on Tuesday after setting herself alight in China’s north-west Gansu province, state-run Xinhua news agency reports.
17 JULY 2012
Teenaged Tibetan monk ‘self-immolates’ in China
A teenaged Tibetan Buddhist monk has burned himself to death in south-west China, the latest in a series of such protests against Chinese rule, rights activists have said.
20 JUNE 2012
Two Young Tibetans Self-immolate
Two young Tibetans self-immolated in China’s Qinghai province on Wednesday as they protested against Beijing’s rule in Tibetan-populated areas and called for the return of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, sources said. http://www.voanews.com/content/anti-china-protest-leads-to-2-tibetan-immolations/1215885.html http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/burn-06202012095119.html
19 JUNE 2012
Dalai Lama maintains ‘middle way’ for Tibet
Speaking at the University of Westminster on Tuesday, the Dalai Lama called for « realistic » expectations on Tibet’s future, reasserting his belief that « complete independence is … out of the question ». Such an approach paves the way for his potential return to Tibet after the Chinese government declared in April its « willingness for talks if the Dalai Lama truly gives up Tibetan independence ». http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/tibet/9342293/Dalai-Lama-maintains-middle-way-for-Tibet.html
4 JUNE 2012
Dalai Lama Envoys Quit to Protest Chinese Posture on Tibet
The exile Central Tibetan Administration in northern India announced the resignations Monday, saying envoys Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen left their posts last week. The two diplomats held nine rounds of talks with Chinese officials in the past decade, without making notable progress
31 MAY 2012
Detentions reported in Tibet capital after immolations
Reports from Tibet say Chinese security forces have launched a wave of detentions in Lhasa following two self-immolations there on Sunday
27 MAY 2012
Two Monks Burn Themselves in Lhasa
Two young Tibetan monks set themselves on fire in Lhasa Sunday in protest against Chinese rule—the first self-immolations reported in the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region
13 MAY 2012
Dalai Lama reveals warning of Chinese plot to kill him
In an exclusive interview with this week’s Sunday Telegraph, the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, revealed he had been passed reports from inside Tibet warning that Chinese agents had trained Tibetan women for a mission to poison him while posing as devotees seeking his blessings http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/tibet/9261729/Dalai-Lama-reveals-warning-of-Chinese-plot-to-kill-him.html
25 APRIL 2012
Charges against Karmapa Lama dropped
State officials found no evidence against the third highest-ranking Tibetan Buddhist leader who had been accused of being a Chinese mole. Exiled Tibetans are satisfied, convinced all along of his « innocence »
21 APRIL 2012
Sichuan, school that taught Tibetan forcibly closed
Authorities fear and prohibit all forms of autonomous education: in Tibet and Tibetan-majority provinces in China, one must speak and write in Mandarin. Headmaster and a teacher arrested: The school was open for over 20 years http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sichuan,-school-that-taught-Tibetan-forcibly-closed-24559.html
20 APRIL 2012
Two Tibetans ‘die after self-immolation in China’
Two Tibetan men have died after setting themselves on fire in front of a monastery in Sichuan province, south-west China, rights groups say
29 MARCH 2012
Dalai Lama wins $1.7 million prize
The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, has won $1.7 million after being awarded the 2012 Templeton Prize for his work linking science and wider questions of faith and religion http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/29/10924441-dalai-lama-wins-17-million-prize#comments
26 MARCH 2012
Tibetan sets himself on fire before India’s parliament in New Delhi as more arrests occur in Tibet
The incident happened this morning during a protest against Hu Jintao’s visit to India. Police detains four monks from Bora Monastery in Sangchu County
23 MARCH 2012
Tibetan Self-Immolations Rise as China Tightens Grip
Beijing, alarmed about the threat to stability in a region seething with discontent over religious and cultural controls, has responded with an assortment of heavy-handed measures. Officials have described the self-immolators as outcasts and terrorists, blamed the pernicious influence of Tibetan exiles and flooded the region with checkpoints and paramilitary police officers in flak jackets
17 MARCH 2012
Thousands of Tibetans attend funeral of farmer who set himself afire in protest
A Tibetan farmer burned himself to death in southwestern China on Saturday 17, the latest in a wave of self-immolations protesting against Beijing’s control over Tibetan areas of the country, a rights group said. Several thousand Tibetans attended Sonam Thargyal’s funeral on the same day, many of them protesting against Chinese rule, UK-based Free Tibet said
17 MARCH 2012
Tibetan monk self immolates. Thousands on the streets demanding freedom
Lobsang Tsultrim, 20, set himself on fire yesterday in front of t Kirti Monastery in Sichuan, in protest against Chinese occupation. In the neighboring province of Qinghai at least a thousand Tibetans peacefully demonstrate for the release of 50 men who were arrested because they called for the return of the Dalai Lama.
10 MARCH 2012
China responsible for self-immolations, says Tibetan leader
The hardline policies of the Chinese government were responsible for the spate of self-immolations in Tibet, Lobsang Sangay, head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, said
9 MARCH 2012
Tibet is safe and stable: official
« I can tell you with full responsibility that currently the region is stable and safe. If not, how it could be possible for me to take a week-long vacation during the Tibetan New Year holiday last month and come to the annual National People’s Congress session in Beijing to perform my duty as a deputy with no worries? » said Padma Choling, an NPC deputy and chairman of the region
4 MARCH 2012
Another self-immolation hits China: rights group
A mother of four died after setting herself on fire in a Tibetan-inhabited region of southwest China on Sunday, a rights group said, in the latest self-immolation to hit the country
1 MARCH 2012
Mongolia’s ‘Dalai Lama’ dies, had fought Stalin and Mao
Ninth Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa (Lord of refuge of Khalkha) lived 57 years in exile because of Soviet domination in Mongolia and Chinese rule in Tibet. Despite difficulties, he fought to revive his faith among Mongols http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mongolia’s-‘Dalai-Lama’-dies,-had-fought-Stalin-and-Mao-24127.html
China’s top Tibet official orders tighter control of Internet
China’s top official in Tibet has urged authorities to tighten their grip on the Internet and mobile phones, state media reported on Thursday, reflecting the government’s fears about unrest ahead of its annual parliamentary session. The move is the latest in a series of measures the government says are intended to maintain stability, and comes after a spate of self-immolations and protests against Chinese control in the country’s Tibetan-populated areas
22 FEBRUARY 2012
Lhasa « has become a hell for Tibetans. Here’s how they live «
A rare eyewitness account of the life of the Tibetan capital, anonymous for security reasons, which tells the truth about Tibet: « The Tibetans are disappearing, the monasteries are barracks and the private apartments of the Dalai Lama have been sold to a Chinese businessman . Soldiers are everywhere and they do what they want. The monks are ready to fast unto death against this violence. «
Is China pushing Nepal to crack down on Tibetans?
For decades, Nepal has been a safe haven for Tibetans who escape China. But Tibetan activists say their people’s peaceful existence here is being disturbed because of China’s growing influence in Nepal
Ethnic Tibetans in western China observed the beginning of the Tibetan New Year Wednesday with subdued ceremonies, following a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule
17 FEBRUARY 2012
China detaining Tibetans returning from India
The Chinese government has detained several hundred Tibetans who returned from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama, and is forcing them to undergo political re-education, a human rights group said
12 FEBRUARY 2012
Tibetan nun set herself on fire in protest against China
A Tibetan Buddhist nun set herself on fire in a protest against the government in eastern China, the Tibetan government-in-exile based in India said in a statement on Sunday
7 FEBRUARY 2012
Chinese Regime Defends Shooting Unarmed Tibetan Protesters
On Tuesday 7 February, the Chinese regime defended its shooting of unarmed Tibetan protesters in China’s Sichuan Province on the first and second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Overseas Tibetan advocacy groups said at least seven Tibetans were killed and dozens were wounded during the two days of shooting.
5 FEBRUARY 2012
Three Tibetans self-immolate in western China: report
Three Tibetans have set fire to themselves in south-west China, reports say, in the latest apparent protest against rule from Beijing
2 FEBRUARY 2012
More than 100 people arrested in Draggo (Sichuan, China)
During a peaceful demonstration on 23 January, police and security forces opened fire against civilians demanding religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama. About six people were killed and 60 wounded. Now the authorities continue their search for other protesters in order to take them into custody
31 JANUARY 2012
China boosts security in Tibet following protests
A senior official in Chinese-ruled Tibet has ordered heightened security in Buddhist monasteries and along key roadways as the government tries to prevent protests that erupted in neighboring Tibetan communities from spreading
30 JANUARY 2012
« Wukan model » not self immolation can save Tibet
In 2011, according to even partial NGOs, about 70 people were killed by police in Tibet. Another 16, mostly monks set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese repression and to demanding religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama. The communist authorities have arrested and sentenced 230 Tibetans for protesting against the government, and the number of political prisoners has reached 830
26 JANUARY 2012
Tibetan Exile Leader Calls for International Probe
The elected leader of the Tibetan exile community based in India is calling for an international probe into this week’s killing of Tibetan protesters by Chinese security forces. Lobsang Sangay, the Tibetan Exile Kalon Tripa or Prime Minister, called for a worldwide vigil on Wednesday February 8 to condemn this week’s killings. He accused China of killing six Tibetans by « firing indiscriminately » into crowds of peaceful protesters in Tibetan areas under Chinese control
24 JANUARY 2012
Group: Tibetans killed as China forces fire on crowd
Two Tibetans were killed when security forces in China’s southwestern Sichuan province fired on demonstrators Tuesday, bringing the death toll in recent clashes to four, according to a Tibetan advocacy group.
23 JANUARY 2012
Tibetan protester ‘killed by Chinese police gunfire’
Chinese security forces have opened fire on ethnic Tibetan protesters in the province of Sichuan, killing at least one man
20 JANUARY 2012
Chinese Regime Closes Tibet to Foreign Travelers for 5th Year
14 JANUARY 2012
Tibetan self-immolation triggers clash in China
A Tibetan has set themselves on fire in south-western China, in the latest in a series of self-immolations, prompting clashes between police and locals, activists say
6 JANUARY 2012
More Tibetan self-immolations in China
Two Buddhist Tibetans in southwest China have set themselves on fire in protest against perceived religious repression by the Chinese government, rights groups say. The incidents on Friday 6 brought the number of Tibetan self-immolations in the country to 14 since March
2 JANUARY 2012
Opinion: A Burning Nun Illuminates Tibet’s Agony
Chinese authorities ignore attempts to call attention to their despotism in Tibet
8 DECEMBER 2011
Karmapa Tibetan Leader in India Faces Currency Charges
The 17th Karmapa, as he is known, is facing charges of illegal possession of foreign currency, forgery and conspiracy, according to a police official in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This week, the police filed the charges in a local court, which must now decide whether to move forward with the case
11 NOVEMBER 2011
Will Aba be the CCP’s Waterloo
The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) setbacks in a remote corner of Sichuan province, Aba prefecture (more accurately, the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture), may in time be seen as the beginning of the end of its authoritarian reign.
7 NOVEMBER 2011
Self-immolations caused by Tibetan “cultural genocide”, Dalai Lama says
The Dalai Lama delivers stinging attack against China for the rash of desperate suicides by Tibetan religious. In China itself, 10,000 Tibetans
challenge police and commemorate nun who died last week after setting herself on fire
3 NOVEMBER 2011
11th Tibetan Buddhist Self-Immolates in Southwestern China
China says a Tibetan nun has died after setting herself on fire in southwestern China. It was the 11th such self-immolation protest this year involving Buddhist monks and nuns in the restive region.
17 OCTOBER 2011
Ninth Tibetan, a Nun, Immolates Herself in Anti-China Protest
A Tibetan nun killed herself Monday 17 by setting herself on fire in a Tibetan town in western China while calling for religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, according to a statement by an advocacy group based in London
8 OCTOBER 2011
Dalai Lama slams China’s ‘immoral censorship’
The Dalai Lama criticised the Chinese government during a live video chat with Desmond Tutu for the South African archbishop’s 80th birthday celebrations in Cape Town. The Tibetan exiled leader was unable to attend the festivities after the South African government refused
to grant him a visa
4 OCTOBER 2011
Dalai Lama forced to cancel South Africa visit
The Dalai Lama has cancelled plans to visit South Africa to attend the birthday celebrations for Archbishop Desmond Tutu after failing to obtain a visa required to travel to the country
3 OCTOBER 2011
A young Tibetan monk set himself on fire today at 2 pm
(local time), at the fruit and vegetable market in the town of Ngaba, Sichuan Province. As he burned, Kalsang, 17 or 18 years old, was holding a photograph of the Dalai Lama and calling for the rights and religious freedom in Tibet. The police put out the flames, but the conditions of the young monk from Kirti are still unknown
26 SEPTEMBER 2011
China Says Dalai Lama Cannot Choose Successor
China says Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, cannot legally choose who will succeed him when he dies, and that Beijing
will make the decision
24 SEPTEMBER 2011
Dalai Lama says he will discuss successor when he is 90
The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said that it was too early to talk about his reincarnation. However, a candidate chosen
for political ends by anyone, including the Chinese government, should not be recognized.
27 AUGUST 2011
Beijing fires « Tibetan bulldog », Zhang Qingli
The Central Committee of Communist Party of China has replaced Zhang Qingli, secretary of the CPC in Tibet considered the « bulldog » in the region. Known for his uncompromising position not only on the Dalai Lama, but right across the Tibetan ethnic group, Zhang is considered
responsible for the violent clashes that occurred in the region under his rule. He will replaced by Quanguo Chen, considered a man of dialogue
15 AUGUST 2011
Tibetan monk burns himself to death in China
A Tibetan monk has burned himself to death in China’s Sichuan province, in an apparent anti-Beijing protest. Activists said the monk,
whom they named as Tsewang Norbu, had shouted slogans including « long live the Dalai Lama » before setting himself alight.
31 MAY 2011
Tibetan monk dies after 15 years in prison
Monk Jampa Pelsang aka Puloe died on 23 May. He had been released from Chushul prison on 6 May in very serious conditions. He had
spent 15 years in prison for opposing a “re-education campaign” launched by Chinese authorities in May 1996 against the monasteries of Sera, Gaden and Drepung in Lhasa, Tibet.
25 MAY 2011
A Tibetan door opens for China?
The election of Lobsang Sangay, a scholar at Harvard Law School, as prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile was followed
immediately by China’s rejection of any talks with him on the future of Tibet. However, this should not be taken as a rebuff from Beijing. Ironically, the retirement of the Dalai Lama from the government-in-exile while retaining his role as spiritual leader may open up an opportunity for talks between his representatives and the Chinese government.
For one thing, the Dalai Lama is no longer an official of a government that Beijing does not recognize.
Moreover, Beijing should appreciate the significance of his recent address to the Tibetan parliament-in-exile when he said that, as
a result of the proposed changes, “some of my political promulgations such as the Draft Constitution for a Future Tibet (1963) and Guidelines for Future Tibet’s Polity (1992) will become ineffective.”
This was in effect a disavowal of Tibetan independence. The 1963 document was explicitly committed to Tibetan independence. And while the 1992 Guidelines do not call for independence, there is a clear implication in that document that Tibet is not a part of China.
By saying that these previous documents are now “ineffective,” the Dalai Lama has opened a door for Beijing.
Besides, the newly drafted constitution encourages talks between the Dalai Lama and Beijing, asserting that “His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama” will “remain engaged in the efforts to reach a satisfactory solution to the question of Tibet and to accomplish the cherished
goals of the Tibetan people.
Although he is now limiting himself to a spiritual and not temporal role, the reverence that Tibetans have for him is evident. The new
constitution, for example, calls him “the guide illuminating the path, the supreme leader, the symbol of the Tibetan identity and unity, and the voice of the whole Tibetan people.”
He will certainly be difficult to replace, in more senses than one.
China has called the Dalai Lama’s retirement a “trick”to deceive the international community.
Professor Robert Barnett, a Tibet specialist at Columbia University, explained China’s suspicions in a recent article in the New York Review of Books. He wrote of a little-known seventeenth-century precedent in which the retirement of a Dalai Lama concealed a convoluted plot
to prevent China from choosing his successor.”
It turns out that in 1679, the fifth Dalai Lama, an extraordinarily capable man, announced that he had appointed a young Tibetan to act as regent
while he himself went into retirement. His intention was to prevent the Manchu court in Beijing from interfering in the choice of a successor after his death.
He gave instructions that his death was not to be made and so it was that when he died in 1682, the regent announced that the Dalai Lama was in retreat.
For 14 years the Chinese emperor did not know of his death and, when he did, the next Dalai Lama had been identified and educated,
with Beijing prevented from having any say over his selection.
According to tradition, the next Dalai Lama will be the reincarnation of the current one and the boy can only be identified through
an elaborate process.
The Chinese government has already said that its endorsement is an indispensable step in the process. If, as is likely, Beijing and Tibetan exiles identify different boys as the next Dalai Lama, there may well be rival claimants to be the 15th Dalai Lama.
The current Dalai Lama disclosed recently that steps are being taken by the exile community to identify his successor while he is
He disclosed that leaders of the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism have met to discuss how his successor will be chosen and
“perhaps this year we will finalize our position.”
Surely, this is additional reason for Beijing to talk to the Dalai Lama, who enjoys such reverence among Tibetans and who is already
75 years old. A successor is unlikely to command such respect and support. More importantly, a successor may not be committed to maintaining Tibet as part of China while asking for autonomy and the preservation of Tibetan culture.
Time is running out, not only for the Dalai Lama but for Beijing to reach an accord with him while he is still in a position to secure the support of Tibetans for any agreement that may be reached.
By Frank Ching a Hong-Kong based commentator for OpinionAsia
27 APRIL 2011
Lobsang Sangay, new Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, an irritant for Beijing
Lobsang Sangay, 43, is the new Tibetan prime minister-in-exile. He will replace Samdhong Rinpoche as Kalon Tripa. The Election Commission made the announcement today after Sangay won the 20 March elections. A Harvard professor for the past 15 years, Lobsang Sangay is the
third democratically elected Tibetan prime minister. Almost 50 per cent of the 89,339 eligible voters in 30 countries cast their ballot. Sangay won 55 per cent of the vote.
17 MARCH 2011
A Tibetan Monk Dies After Self-Immolation
A young Tibetan monk who set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in the vast Tibetan regions of western China died early on
Thursday. It was the first time that a monk protesting against China had killed himself through self-immolation, according to historians of modern Tibet.
The Dalai Lama rejects pleas to reconsider retirement
The Dalai Lama rejected on Thursday calls from the Tibetan parliament in exile urging him to reconsider his decision to retire as political head of the movement. The overwhelming majority of members of the 43-seat assembly have called for the decision to be reconsidered, with many
arguing that the cause for greater freedom in Tibet will be undermined.
14 MARCH 2011
Testing times for Tibetans
Although the 75 year-old religious leader, born Tenzin Gyatso, believes his decision to resign is intended to strengthen the Tibetan
movement’s democratic structure, Tibetans in exile now find themselves in a difficult situation. It is the Dalai Lama’s global popularity that holds the key for the Tibetan cause. Considering anyone other than their temporal leader is not something the exiles have ever thought of. Without his presence in his political role, Tibetans are already questioning the legitimacy of the government in exile, which exists largely on his name and is not recognized by any country in the world
10 MARCH 2011
In Nepal, soldier rapes Tibetan activist
The act of violence is the consequence of a government-orchestrated campaign against Tibetans as the authorities try to meet their obligations vis-à-vis China on the 60th anniversary of its invasion of Tibet. As part of this, the government deploys more than 1,500 soldiers and
police agents to stop demonstrations.
Tibet’s exiled Dalai Lama to devolve political role
Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has announced a long-awaited plan to devolve his political responsibilities to an
7 MARCH 2011
China says Dalai Lama has to reincarnate
Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, does not have a right to choose his successor any way he wants and must follow the
historical and religious tradition of reincarnation, a Chinese official said on Monday 7.
Dalai Lama’s 1959 Flight from Tibet
At 1 pm Beijing time on the afternoon of March 17, 1959, two meetings took place in Lhasa and Beijing that would change the
history of China.
In the Norbulingka palace, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, the 23-year-old leader and his advisors were debating whether to
leave Lhasa, minutes after two artillery shells had landed 200 meters away, causing a huge explosion. A monk entered into a trance, his body swelledand he in a loud voice: « leave quickly, leave quickly, leave tonight. »
24 NOVEMBER 2010
Tibet and China: History of a Complex Relationship
For at least 1500 years, the nation of Tibet has had a complex relationship with its large and powerful neighbor to the east, China.
The political history of Tibet and China reveals that the relationship has not always been as one-sided as it now appears.
1 SEPTEMBER 2010
An Interview with the Karmapa Lama
Many in Dharamsala, India, the home of Tibetan Buddhism in exile, believe the 17th Karmapa Lama, whose name is Ogyen Trinley Dorje, represents the future of Tibetan politics in exile as well. He is extremely popular among young Tibetans, partly because of his 1999 escape from Chinese hands, but also because he possesses rare charisma. The Karmapa passes much of his time in the protected top floor of Gyuto Monastery near Dharamsala, guarded by Indian policemen and intelligence officers who keep a constant watch on his activities. He has busied himself by becoming increasingly knowledgeable about environmentalism
22 JULY 2010
Human Rights Watch report slams China’s 2008 crackdown in Tibet
Chinese security forces brutally beat and even shot dead some protesters during unrest in Tibet in 2008, and tortured many in the
subsequent crackdown, Human Rights Watch said in a report Thursday.
30 JUNE 2010
Chinese Officials Assert Role in Choosing Next Dalai Lama
Future Tibetan spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama, must be approved by the Chinese central government, a senior Communist
Party official said. he remarks were among the clearest indications yet that China will appoint a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama after the current Dalai Lama dies, setting off a struggle with exiled Tibetan leaders over religious control of the Chinese territory
7 MARCH 2010
China will take hard line on Dalai Lama succession
China indicated Sunday it would take a hard line on the selection of a successor to the ageing Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama in rare comments on the sensitive issue The final decision on the reincarnated successors to the Buddhist region’s top lamas lies with Beijing, said Qiangba Puncog, Tibet’s former governor and a delegate to the national parliament. [b]’It must get the approval of the central government otherwise the reincarnation will be illegitimate and invalid,'[/b] he told reporters on the sidelines of China’s National People’s Congress session.
Traditionally, the search for the figure’s reincarnated successor was conducted by the region’s high lamas. But China’s officially atheist Communist Party-ruled government has claimed the right to intervene, citing a precedent set by a past emperor
9 JANUARY 2010
China jails Tibetan film director for six years
Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan film-maker, has been sentenced to six years in prison by Chinese authorities. The director was arrested in March for a documentary about ordinary Tibetan’s grievances with China
5 JULY 2009
The Tibetan uprising: 50 years of protest
A collection of 20 pictures from 1959 to 2009
28 MAY 2009
Autonomy Is Solution for Tibet, Dalai Lama Says
MEMORANDUM ON GENUINE AUTONOMY FOR THE TIBETAN PEOPLE
4 APRIL 2009
Tale of two lamas: The battle for Tibet’s soul
By Kent Ewing in Asia Times
The Chinese leadership’s answer to the Dalai Lama, the 19-year-old Panchen Lama, has emerged after a prolonged childhood-to-adolescence
hibernation. He speaks Tibetan, Puthongua and – rev up the global PR machine -scripted English. Whatever language he chooses, however, he invariably uses it to back the central government. As Beijing last week marked the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising that prompted the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile in India, the Panchen Lama had nothing but praise for Chinese rule of the troubled Himalayan region
17 MARCH 2009
50 Years Ago, the Dalai Lama Fled Tibet to India where he will arrive on March 31
Here, the story of his escape into exile is told through archive images and audio.
And how it has been commemorate today
The Dalai Lama escaping from Tibet, March 1959. He is third from right, on the white horse. (File Photo/Topfoto.co.uk/Tibet)
13 MARCH 2009
China ‘must approve’ new Dalai Lama
The Chinese government must approve the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, and will not
recognize any candidate that has not been endorsed by Beijing, a top official has said
10 MARCH 2009
Profile: The Dalai Lama, a profile by Aljazeera
14 MARCH 2008
On March 14, 2008, the unrest started in Tibet