Tibetan Headlines

  • Jun 23: Tibetan Activist

    Migmar, also known as Tsedor Sherab, 30, and a well-known activist in the Tibetan exile community has died following a cardiac arrest. He was cremated this morning in Dharamshala. Migmar attempted self-immolation outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi six years ago in protest against the illegal occupation of Tibet by China. Members of various Tibet non-government organisations, supporters and friends paid their last respects at his funeral. read more →
  • Jun 23: 7000 Homes Demolished

    7,000 dwellings have been demolished at Larung Gar Buddhist academy since 2001 in the Chinese government’s drive to reduce the number of residents there. A senior abbot has confirmed that over 4,800 nuns and monks have been expelled since 2016. The authorities say the project is targeting 4,320 dwellings for demolition, but give no explanation why more houses now said to have been destroyed. read more →
  • Jun 22: Appeal from Congressmen

    Thirty-seven members of the United States Congress have issued a written appeal to President Trump urging him to appoint a Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues at the US Department of State, stressing the need to preserve Tibet’s religious, cultural and linguistic traditions in the face of the suppression of basic human rights in Tibet. The signed letter was posted on the Office of Tibet, Washington’s Facebook page. read more →
  • Jun 22: Flood in Tibet

    Flooding has caused serious damage in Village No 5 in the Gyalchen township in Sog in the Nagchu prefecture, leaving four families homeless and many others with major damage to their property. Local monks provided help on the scene. It is believed locally that the flood was caused by accelerated glacier melt – the result of global warming; other areas in Tibet are experiencing similar problems. read more →
  • Jun 22: Monks Sentenced

    Gendun Drakpa, 40, and Lobsang Sherab, 36, both monks from Sichuan who have been missing since being detained last year, have been sentenced. News has come through that they were put on trial around June 17 and Drakpa was sentenced to five years, Sherab four for “engaging in separatist activities”. Tibetans attending the trial had their phones confiscated to prevent them from sharing pictures. While in detention they have not had access to lawyers or been allowed visits from family. read more →
  • Jun 21: New Educational Films

    Two short animated educational films were released by the Tibetan Government-in-Exile’s education department. The films, The Forgetful Agu Phagpa and Life of Buddha, were created by Dharamshala owned and run Jamphel Animations and aim to promote language, identity, culture and traditional history through digital storytelling. The project was funded by Global Affairs Canada. read more →
  • Jun 21: Reports of Repression

    Human Rights Watch (HRW), the international human rights watchdog, has released a report Tibet: A Glossary of Repression which highlights how China is using “opaque policy terms” to tighten repression in Tibet. Sophie Richardson, China director of HRW, said, “Political nonconformity will be punished, severely”. read more →
  • Jun 20: Concern for Tibet

    Concern has been expressed at the United National Human Rights Council session currently being held in Geneva over the human rights situation in China, with particular reference to Tibet and Xinjang (East Turkestan in north western China). The United States, United Kingdom and Germany all raised the issue. A briefing on Tibet was held at a side event Human Rights Situation: Seeking Solution (Case of Palestine and Tibet). read more →
  • Jun 19: His Holiness in US

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in San Diego in the United States, where he delivered the keynote address at the commencement ceremony of University of California San Diego’s class of 2017 to around 6,000 students and 15,000 guests. He said that world peace originates from inner peace and happiness, and urged graduating students to shun violence and create a more peaceful world. read more →
  • Jun 16: Excellent Health

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama, currently at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in America for his routine annual checkup, has been pronounced to be in “excellent health”. “Doctors have [said] there is no need to worry about his health,” said Penpa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to North America. His Holiness will be in America for two weeks. read more →

International Headlines

  • Jun 23: Indian Aadhaar ID

    The Indian Government is collecting biometric data - fingerprints and iris scans - of a billion people who are then enrolled in the ID system, Aadhaar. The BBC described it as "the largest and most sophisticated ID database in the world". Aadhaar - a Unique Identification Number - is allocated to every Indian and remains their national identity document throughout their life. It is now mandatory for opening bank accounts or filing tax returns. read more →
  • Jun 22: Deadly Fire

    Deadly wildfires which have been raging through central Portugal since the weekend may have been started deliberately says a leading firefighter there, and not caused by a thunderstorm as originally thought. Sixty-four people were killed and more than 200 injured. Questions have been raised about the speed of response. Many people died trying to escape on route N-236, could have been sealed off. read more →
  • Jun 21: Camels Deported

    Saudi Arabia has said that all camels and sheep owned by Qataris must quit Saudi – many are kept over the border as there is insufficient pastureland in Qatar but Saudi is expelling them during the escalating row between Qatar and the other Gulf states over Qatar’s alleged support for Islamic extremism. Emergency makeshift shelter, water tanks and fodder has been set up for the animals in Qatar. read more →
  • Jun 20: Measuring Everest

    Nepal has announced it will survey Mount Everest to ascertain whether its height was changed in the earthquake two years ago. Everest’s "official" measured height has varied between 8,840 and 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) since 1856 and Nepal’s Department of Survey says the mountain may also have shifted its geographic position. The survey will take two years and will also show the impact of climate change on the mountain. read more →
  • Jun 19: Around the World

    The Hokule'a, a traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe, has arrived back in Honolulu in Hawaii after sailing round the world – the first ever round-the-world trip by such a vessel. The trip took three years; the crew navigated using the same techniques that brought the first Polynesian settlers to Hawaii hundreds of years ago: the stars, wind and ocean swells. read more →
  • Jun 15: Wetland Threatened

    An extensive dam building programme in the Amazon basin could cause significant and irreversible damage according to a new report published in the journal Nature. The Amazon basin is the world’s largest and most complex river system, as well as being the most diverse wetland, covering over 6.1 million sq km; 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction. read more →
  • Jun 14: The Door is Open

    As the Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union commence, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at a news conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, has said the possibility of the UK remaining in the EU is an option until the negotiations have concluded. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Bloomberg Television, “If they [Britain] want to change their decision, of course they would find open doors”. read more →
  • Jun 13: Climbing Banned

    China has banned climbing on the Tibetan side of Mount Everest for this next autumn season. They cite “problems” which include an "illegal" north-south traverse by a Polish climber last month. There are reports of the Chinese authorities complaining about climbers placing the Tibetan flag and photos of HH the Dalai Lama on the summit of Everest earlier this year. Climbing from the Nepal side should be unaffected. read more →
  • Jun 12: Protesters Threatened

    The Kremlin has launched a campaign of intimidation against schoolchildren, students and opposition figures in a drive to suppress dissent before mass protests in over 200 towns and cities across Russia today. Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader, has called people to action over allegations that Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, took £1 billion in bribes. Students have been threatened with expulsion and even prison sentences if they attend the protests. read more →
  • Jun 8: Earliest Humans?

    Fossils of five humans who lived at least 300,000 years ago have been discovered in Morocco – 100,000 years earlier than the earliest humans were thought to have lived. The skull form of these new fossils is almost identical to modern humans. The discovery suggests that humans evolved across Africa. The specimens, which include skulls, teeth, and long bones were found at Jebel Irhoud, about 100km west of Marrakesh. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

Looking to the Future

Youdon passes easily through the pell-mell of people in McLeod, one hand holding onto her five-year-old son, the other gesturing for me to follow. She skips over cowpats, picking her way around potholes and roadside stalls as though she’s done this trip every day for a long, long time. And read more →

Nima Tshering: Leaving the Black Hole Behind

Nima Tshering is the secretary at the Kunphen Centre for Substance Dependence, HIV/AIDS and HRD in Dharmshala. He is sitting opposite me in his office, smartly dressed in blue jeans and a crisp white shirt. The power is out in town and the room is dimly lit by the light read more →

Volunteer Story of the Month: Fun In Learning

Volunteer Job at Lha: English teacher There’s a saying which goes “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. Volunteering with Lha offers you just that. I first volunteered with Lha back in 2010 as an English teacher to the Beginner, Intermediate and read more →

Tibetan News

Tibet Solidarity Rally in Geneva

A rally to show solidarity with the human rights situation in Tibet was held in Geneva, Switzerland on June 9. More than 1,000 supporters and speakers united, including those from Tibet and six European countries – Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The Grand Tibet Solidarity rally was read more →

17th Karmapa Makes First Visit to Canada

“Karmapa, Welcome to Canada” read a banner held by devotees at Toronto airport, welcoming the 17th Karmapa on his first ever visit to Canada. Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu, a notable sub-school of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, has so far met members of read more →

His Holiness Wraps up Three day Teaching for Young Tibetans

His Holiness the Dalai Lama successfully concluded a three-day introductory teaching on Buddhism for young Tibetans, during which his message was that the responsibility to preserve Tibetan Buddhism falls on today’s youth. From June 5 to 7, young Tibetans from across the world, together with thousands of devotees, gathered at read more →

Miss Tibet 2017

The 15th Miss Tibet Pageant for exiled Tibetans wrapped up on June 4 – a three-day event in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala – home for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and seat of Tibetan Government-in-exile. The contest saw a record number of nine participants this year from India, United States and read more →

Zero US Aid for Tibetans

The newly-elected American president Donald Trump has proposed calling a halt to Tibetan assistance from as soon as the start of 2018. The move reverses decades-old American policy of providing aid to the Tibetan community in order to protect their unique identity, and, furthermore, he wants other countries to follow read more →

Raising Support in the US

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile – the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) – was in Washington DC in America for the first visit under the new United States’ Administration. Dr Sangay met members of the Congress from both parties. The CTA’s President spoke at the Heritage Foundation read more →

India’s Gem?

There are calls for India to confer the country’s highest civilian honour on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Bharat Ratna, which translates as “India’s Gem”. The movement has been gaining momentum since Shanta Kumar of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister first suggested it read more →

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