Tibetan Headlines

  • Dec 14: Access Ban

    Access has been banned at the Achen Gangyap or, in Chinese, Hoh Xil Nature Reserve in Qinghai, this includes the nomads who have lived sustainably off the land there for thousands of years, with threats of punishment for transgressors. The reserve was given UNESCO World Heritage status earlier this year which at the time caused concern for the future management of the area. read more →
  • Dec 14: Tsongkhapa Remembered

    Monasteries across Tibet observed the anniversary of the death of Tsongkhapa, the fourteenth-century founder of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism, with the traditional displays of lamps and offerings presented to the communities of monks. Large crowds gathered for the celebrations, with Chinese security police much in evidence but there were no reports of disruption or crackdown. read more →
  • Dec 14: FIFA in Tibet

    FIFA, the international football governing body, has launched a football initiative for women in Tibet. The Live Your Goals campaign is creating a platform for aspiring women footballers and encourages young women to take up the game. New football campuses will be created in 51 schools across Lhasa. To date, Live your Goals has engaged thousands of young women in 225 football projects across the world. read more →
  • Dec 13: Demonstrators Arrested

    Nine members Students for a Free Tibet (India) demonstrators have been arrested in Delhi for protesting against the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The nine were shouting slogans “Freedom in Tibet” and carrying banners which read “Tibet is Not A Part of China” and “China Free Tibet Now”. They were later released and Janpath Metro Station was closed and Janpath Road blocked to the public. read more →
  • Dec 13: Support from Lithuania

    A group of Lithuanian legislators is setting up a Tibet solidarity group in their parliament – despite not getting endorsement from the Lithuanian leadership who follow the official policy that Tibet is a part of China. However, an ad hoc group has been established which does not need official backing. A member of the group said they aspire to keep Tibet in the global conscience and political frontlines. read more →
  • Dec 12: New Passport Option

    The Indian government is reported to have announced that Tibetan refugees holding Indian passports can surrender them and revert to their refugee status. There will be no penalty incurred. Tibetans are reluctant to hold an Indian passport because it renders them ineligible for benefits and privileges handed out by the Tibetan Government-in-exile. People cannot hold a passport as well as an Identify Certificate (IC). read more →
  • Dec 11: Human Rights Day

    Human Rights day was celebrated by Tibetans worldwide to mark the 28th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. An official event was held in the courtyard of Tsuglakhang, the main temple in Dharamshala, while Students for a Free Tibet (SFT)- India staged an event at the entrance: with a photo action campaign and poetry reading. read more →
  • Dec 8: HIV in Tibet

    A growing number of people living in rural areas of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) are becoming infected with HIV, reports China’s state media globaltimes. Although the number is growing, it is still relatively small with 253 cases reported between 2004 and 2013. The TAR government has vowed to raise awareness and a spokesman said that intervention is needed to prevent high-risk behaviour, as well as education. read more →
  • Dec 7: Richard Gere Testifies

    Richard Gere has testified before the United States Congress, on “US Policy Towards Tibet: Access, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights”. The American actor and long-time supporter of Tibet, together with other experts and campaigners, was speaking at a Hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. The Hearing comes following President Donald Trump’s failure to speak publicly about human rights and Tibet. read more →
  • Dec 7: Tsering Speaks Out

    Penpa Tsering, the former North America representative who was removed from his post last month after only a few months in office, has refuted all the allegations against him and stated that he had not breached any rules or regulations of the exile Tibetan administration. The Kashag made a statement last week giving their reasons for his removal. read more →

International Headlines

  • Dec 14: Reporters Missing

    Two Reuters journalists in Yangon, Myanmar, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are in police custody. Local reports say they are being held under the Official Secrets Act which could mean 14 years in prison, and that they were found with military reports and a map of Rakhine state where the Rohingya people, who are being subjected to military oppression, live. Myanmar has seen increasing curbs on press freedom. read more →
  • Dec 13: Death Penalty

    Six people in India have been given the death penalty for an "honour killing" in Tamil Nadu last year. They hacked Shankar, 22, a member of India's Dalit community, to death in broad daylight on a crowded road because he had married a woman from a higher Hindu caste. One of the six was her father. Dalits, or untouchables, are at the bottom of the caste system. read more →
  • Dec 12: Temple Fire

    The prayer hall and 16-story wooden pagoda at the Lingguan Mansion complex in Mianzhu in the Sichuan province has been destroyed by fire. The fire took four hours to extinguish; there are no reports of any casualties and the cause is unknown. The original Lingguan Mansion was built during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and then destroyed in the 2008 earthquake. The temple reconstruction is still underway. read more →
  • Dec 12: Snow!

    Heavy snowfall across northern Europe has caused transport chaos with many flights cancelled and delayed, trains and buses cancelled and motorways and roads gridlocked by slow-moving traffic and road traffic accidents. Hundreds of schools were closed and many areas were without electricity.2 read more →
  • Dec 11: Nobel Prize Winners

    This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican), the prize was accepted on their behalf by executive director Beatrice Fihn who warned that the world faces a "nuclear crisis" from a "bruised ego" – an apparent reference to US-North Korea tensions, and continued by saying, "We have a choice, the end of nuclear weapons or the end of us". read more →
  • Dec 8: Bitcoin Bonanza

    Bitcoin has reached a record breaking US$16,000 (£12,000), gaining over 50% in the last week. It began the year below US$1,000 (£750). Critics say Bitcoin is going through a bubble, others say the price is rising as it crosses into the financial mainstream. Bitcoin is an online, digital alternative currency normally used as a financial investment. read more →
  • Dec 7: Trudeau in China

    The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China where he raised the issue of human rights with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and said he will do so again during his forthcoming talks with President Xi Jinping. Trudeau said “Whenever I meet with world leaders, I bring up the issues of human rights”. He also discussed the death penalty and fate of imprisoned Canadians in China. read more →
  • Dec 6: Trump Provokes Arabs

    Consternation is spreading in the Arab world as United States President Trump considers moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned of the “dangerous consequences…to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world" of such a move. read more →
  • Dec 5: Dirty Water

    Pema Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, has expressed his concern over the state of the water in the Brahmaputra or Tsangpo River which flows from Tibet. He has informed the central government that the water is “muddy and black” and unfit for drinking, saying this is a recent change and the pollution has its source in “Chinese territory”. China denies the allegations. read more →
  • Dec 5: Shashi Kapoor

    Tributes are pouring in for Bollywood actor and producer Shashi Kapoor, 79, who has died in Mumbai. He has suffered from kidney problems for some years. Kapoor was famous for his roles in huge hits including Deewar and Kabhie Kabhie, as well as in English medium films such as "Shakespeare-wallah" and "Heat and Dust". He gained the highest honour in Indian cinema, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award. read more →

Dharamshala Voice

Perhaps, Someday….

Back in 1969, when I was a rather young girl who really wanted to meet the Dalai Lama, I set out overland to go to India. Shall we point out, travel was not easy then? Quite a few of us were traveling to India, the media called it the “Hippie read more →

New things…..new situations

Tenzin Zeydhan is every inch the picture of poise and assurance as we sit down. Younten, her husband, takes Tenzin Kyipa, their little 10 month-old daughter, to one side and happily takes care of her. “I have never been interviewed like this before,” Tenzin Zeydhan says with a hint of read more →

Volunteer story of the month: A Wonderful Experience

My wife Leslie Potter and I have had the privilege of teaching English at Lha for the past two months, she in the Beginners class and I in the advanced. It has been a wonderful experience on many levels, both professional and personal, and we wholeheartedly recommend it to both read more →

Tibetan News

A Meeting Between Friends

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Barack Obama met for the sixth time, reaffirming vows of friendship and aspirations for world peace “You are young, you can do a lot,” were but a few of the poignant words spoken by His Holiness the Dalai lama to former United States president read more →

Canada Turns the Spotlight on Tibet’s Political Prisoners

The Government of Canada has this month requested China to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief to visit Tibet’s missing Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who is being held in detention in China. This request read more →

NGOs in Action

The recent publication of the report 30 Years of Resistance: The Legacy of the 1987 Lhasa Protests by Tibet Watch and the comments of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) on new regulations issued by China, bring a spotlight to the work of the many NGOs (non-government organisations) around the read more →

Improving Our Water Quality

Access to water is precious. And its quality is just as important as its quantity. Depending on water and waste treatment, we can either have a “healthy” or an “unhealthy” stream. Water from streams is usually treated to guarantee that it is safe “clean water” [Figure 1]. Unsafe drinking water read more →

Tibetan Writer’s Harassment

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has published a report about the plight of Jamyang Kyi, 52, a prominent writer living in Tibet who is known for her writings on women and social issues, as well as being a popular singer and a former journalist. She wrote read more →

The Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Organisations all over the world commemorated the annual “Day of the Imprisoned Writer” on November 15. Just as every year, PEN International organised the event and reported about writers who have to face “unjust imprisonment”. According to the NGO (non-government organisation) it is a day to encourage the public to read more →

His Holiness Visits Three Cities in Northern India

His Holiness the Dalai Lama left his residency in Dharamshala on November 17 for a weeklong three-city tour to Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. His first event was at Salwan Public School in Rajinder Nagar in Delhi where the Indian students welcomed him with traditional Tibetan offerings on November 18. Chairman read more →

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