Tibetan Headlines

  • Aug 25: Released After 9 Years

    Jamyang Kunkhen from Lithang was released on August 21 after serving a nine-year prison sentence. Voice of Tibet reports that Kunkhen’s feet are badly damaged. Kunkhen was arrested on August 22, 2007.  Adrak Lopoe, another Tibetan has been arrested at the same time, both were linked with Ronggye Adak who publicly staged a solo protest against China’s regime. Adrak Lopoe is still in prison. read more →
  • Aug 24: Flood in Tibetan Areas

    Tibetan-populated regions in northwestern China’s Qinghai and Gansu province were struck by hailstorms and heavy rainfall causing massive flooding which damaged houses and cars and swept away livestock. Nomad herders caught on the open grassland with their animals had to be brought back by boat by rescue teams. The area around Gansu’s Labrang monastery was also  affected by heavy flooding. read more →
  • Aug 24: Tibetan Nurses Approved

    The Government of India Department of Health and Family Welfare has written to the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to say that Indian Nursing Council has approved the registration of Tibetan nurses who have acquired a nursing qualification from recognised institutions. This move is in response to the registration problems faced by Tibetan nurses in Uttrakhand who are not in posession of birth certificates. read more →
  • Aug 23: Ladakh Trip Concluded

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s month long Ladakh trip comes to an end with the teaching on A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and Avalokiteshvara empowerment at Shiwatsel teaching ground. On the last day of his teaching, he urged everyone to be more compassionate and sincere and to recognise that everyone is brother and sister belonging to one human family. From August 29 to September 1, His Holiness will continue teaching at Dharamshala read more →
  • Aug 22: Young Tibetan Leaders

    150 Tibetan youths from around the world gathered in New York for the Young Tibetan Leaders Summit 2016 which was organised by Office of Tibet in Washington DC and the Tibet Corps. It was the first of its kind with 17 sessions carried out by 42 speakers. The primary aim of the summit was to create a platform for young Tibetans to come together to learn, be inspired, to connect to work towards Tibet’s movement. read more →
  • Aug 21: Tibet should be Free

    In a press conference held by the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat on August 20, Mr Indresh Kumar, a senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader and a long time Tibet supporter said that Tibet should be free, be it through the Middle Way or complete Independence. He also spoke about the historical independence of Tibet and the role played by Tibet as a peaceful buffer between China and India. read more →
  • Aug 20: Plea for Tibet

    In the United States, Congressman Jim McGovern has led a group of 72 House lawmakers in calling on President Obama to make Tibet a priority during his final months in office. McGovern’s letter to President Obama makes specific suggestions for US action. Congressman McGovern last year went to China and Tibet to urge Chinese leaders to enact reforms to increase the freedom and autonomy of the Tibetan people. read more →
  • Aug 20: Tibet Balloon

    The world’s largest Tibetan flag, a hot air balloon, has been flying at the international Balloon festival in Barneveld, Netherlands. The balloon received an enthusiastic reception from the International Campaign for Tibet, the Tibet Support Group and the Tibetan Community in the Netherlands and the pilot was offered traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarves (khatag) by the Tibetans there. read more →
  • Aug 19: Monk Arrested

    Lobsang Sopa, a monk, was arrested on August 10 following a solo protest against a land grab by local authorities in Shershul County, Kardze Prefecture, in eastern Tibet. The United Kingdom based Free Tibet has reported that Lobsang set up a tent in front of his local government offices and displayed a large handwritten cloth banner. Lobsang has petitioned the authorities in the past regarding Tibetans' rights to grassland. read more →
  • Aug 18: Horse Racing Festival

    A traditional annual Tibetan horse racing festival has gone ahead, with official approval but under armed guard. The tenth Machu Grassland Festival and Gesar Horse Race, named after a legendary warrior king and Tibetan national hero, was held from August 13 - 17 in the Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Machu county. Announcements were made forbidding protests, with warnings of “serious consequences” for transgressors. read more →

International Headlines

  • Aug 25: Natural Disaster

    An earthquake has devastated many mountain towns in central Italy, killing at least 247 people and leaving thousands homeless. It struck in the early hours when most residents were asleep and was powerful enough to be felt 220 km away. The army has been mobilised to help with equipment and with voices still audible under the rubble, it is a race against time to save as many as possible. read more →
  • Aug 24: War on Drugs

    More than 1,900 people have been killed in the Philippines during a crackdown on drugs in the past seven weeks. Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency with his hard-line policy to eradicate drugs but his methods have been labelled a “crime” by the United Nations. He has urged citizens to shoot dealers who resist arrest and has reiterated that killing suspects is lawful if police act in self-defence. read more →
  • Aug 23: The Olympics are Over

    The Rio Olympics ended with a fantastic carnival-inspired closing ceremony celebrating Brazil's arts and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe popped out of a giant green pipe dressed up as Mario from the Super Mario video games, one of the country's best-known exports. It was a strong hint that the next Olympic hosts will take full advantage of their pop culture icons. read more →
  • Aug 22: Child Suicide Bomber

    A boy of 12 was responsible for a suicide bombing that killed 51 people and injured 69 more in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. The so-called Islamic State (IS) was behind the attack which targeted a Kurdish wedding party as guests danced in the street. Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, is known to have several IS cells and the city was already on edge from a previous terrorist attack in May. read more →
  • Aug 20: Paralympic Cuts

    The Paralympic Games next month will face major cuts to venues, the workforce and transport, delayed travel grants will now be paid to athletes, but 10 countries may be unable to get teams to Rio. Rio's organising committee has not raised enough money to fund the Paralympics and only 12% of available tickets have so far been sold. The situation is exacerbated by Brazil’s struggling economy. read more →
  • Aug 19: Too Fat?

    Womens rights groups are in uproar over the suspension of eight female television presenters in Egypt because they are too fat. The state broadcaster the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has told the women to go on a diet and given them one month to achieve an "appropriate appearance". The ERTU’s female director Safaa Hegazy is a former state TV anchor herself. read more →
  • Aug 18: Zika Baby

    A baby in Guatemala believed to be the first baby born there with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus. Children with microcephaly are born with underdeveloped brains and abnormally small heads and face lifelong difficulties, including intellectual impairment. It is generally believed that the Zika virus, if contracted by the mother while she is pregnant, will cause microcephaly. Zika is transmitted through mosquitoes, or by sexual contact. read more →
  • Aug 17: Sexual Violence

    One in four women living in Rustenburg, a key platinum mining area in South Africa, has been raped in her lifetime, and about half of the women there have been subject to sexual violence or intimate partner violence. The medical charity MSF has published these findings, saying that most of these women were unaware of how to prevent HIV transmission or pregnancy. read more →
  • Aug 16: Where have all the Penguins Gone?

    New Zealand scientists have discovered that two species of sub-Antarctic penguin travel up to 15,000km (9,320 miles) during six months spent at sea. 90 rockhopper and Snares crested penguins were tagged and monitored during their winter at sea to find out where they go. The study hopes to determine why rockhopper numbers have dropped dramatically since 1942. read more →
  • Aug 13: Stolen Babies

    In Pakistan, police have arrested several hospital workers in Peshawar involved in selling newborn babies to childless couples. The gang swapped newborn babies with the bodies of dead infants in hospitals and maternity homes, telling the parents their child had died, and then selling on the babies for between 70,000-300,000 rupees (£500-2,200; $650-$2,850). The gang had abducted and sold nine newborns; a baby girl was rescued during the police operation. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

Inspired to Lead


It’s Friday morning and I’m in the office of Tenzin Tselha, the National Director of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) India. It’s a position she’s held for almost a year now and her enthusiasm shows no sign of waning. Born in Ladakh, her childhood was, by her own admission, read more →

R stands for…


Tenzin Tsundue always knew he was different. He was marked, his teachers told him, branded with a huge red R on his forehead. R for refugee. “I felt like superman. Only we Tibetans had it and it meant that our lives were not for ourselves but for a greater cause, read more →

This Month’s Volunteer Story: Chaotic, Colourful, Alive and Special

Charlotte with Lha Staff

Where to begin.If I had to describe India in three words it would be chaotic, colourful and alive. It is anywhere else x1000 –more stressful, but also far more special. My time at Lha made the experience unparalleled. I volunteered to write for Contact magazine, trying my hand at it read more →

Tibetan News

Celebrating Culture in the Face of Oppression


The tenth annual Machu Grassland Festival and Gesar Horse Race were carried out this month in China’s Gansu province despite the heavy presence of armed paramilitary police and plain clothes security officers. The festival, named after a legendary warrior-king and Tibetan national hero, drew large crowds who were said to have read more →

Empowering Tibetan Women

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A three-day training programme for women’s empowerment has been held, organised by the Women’s Empower Desk at the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Home Department. Sixteen women from the Doeguling Tibetan settlement participated in the programme which took place at the Doeguling Tibetan settlement in Mungod in Karnataka state from August 12 – read more →

The TWA Plans Tactics at its Annual Meeting


The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is holding its 12th Working Committee Meeting. The meeting is being held from August 8 – 13 at Hunsur Rabgayling Tibetan Settlement in Karnataka State, India. Five executive members from Central TWA are taking part together with105 regional members from 30 different regional chapters in read more →

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Visit to Ladakh

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who turned 81 last month, is continuing his full schedule of teachings around the world on compassion, non-violence and general teachings on Buddhism. His Holiness arrived inLadakhin north India on July 25 for a programme of events and teachings. His first was a visit to read more →

Suicide at Larung Gar


Rinzin Dolma, a Tibetan nun from Larung Gar academy, has committed suicide. Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported that news has just emerged from Tibet that she died on July 20, leaving a note expressing how she could not bear the pain of Chinese harassment of the residents of Larung read more →

Dam Burst Destroys Three Villages in Tibet

Map showing Lhaze

A dam on the Yarlung Tsangpo River (the upper tributary of the Brahmaputra River) ruptured in Lhaze county, Tibet on August 2, destroying three villages near Tashi Ghang town, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA). Chinese state Xinhua news agency has confirmed that no one was hurt during the flood, however, it read more →

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s Niece Speaks Out

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Nyima Lhamo, 26, the niece of the late Tibetan Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, has escaped from Tibet and arrived in Dharamshala on July 24. Her uncle was a revered monk and political prisoner who died in a Chinese prison last year under unexplained circumstances. His imprisonment had generated worldwide interest and read more →

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