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Tibetan Singer Arrested in Yushu

A well-known Tibetan singer has been arrested for singing political songs by the local police officers of Dhomda village, Trindu (Chinese: Chengdu) County, Jyekundo (Chinese: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.


On 19 April 2012, Tibetan singer Lo Lo was arrested and taken away by the local police officers. A few months earlier, 29-yr-old Lo Lo had released an album titled “Raise the Tibetan Flag, Children of the Snow land”.


The album contained 14 songs with lyrics calling for Tibet’s independence, unity of the Tibetan people and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.


A portion of the title song’s lyrics goes like:

“To secure the legacy of Tibetan independence

To resist the Chinese Communist forces

Through the true Middle path

Children of the snow land, raise the Tibetan flag

To promote the snow-white patriotism

To regain the complete independence of the true nature [of the Tibetan struggle]

Children of the snow land, raise the Tibetan flag

In order for our savior to return And for the reunification of Tibetans in and outside Tibet

Is possible only through sacrificing one’s lives

The snow-lion(ed) flag

Is the national flag of the Tibetan people

Children of the snow land, raise the Tibetan flag

To account for the loss of lives of Tibetan heroes

Children of the snow land, raise the Tibetan flag”.


There is no information on his whereabouts and conditions at this time of reporting.



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Two Young Tibetans Self-Immolate in Ngaba

DHARAMSHALA: Reports coming out of Tibet say two more Tibetans have set themselves on fire yesterday in Zamthang in Tibet’s northeastern Ngaba region.

Choepak Kyab and Sonam, both in 20s, who belonged to nomadic herder families, set themselves on fire close to a local government office in Barma township near Jonang Gonchen Monastery in Zamthang.

Both of them reportedly died following the self-immolation. Local Tibetans managed to prevent the paramilitary troops from taking away the bodies of the two Tibetans. They then took away the bodies to the monastery to carry out prayers. The situation in the area remains tense following the deployment of a large number of military troops.

Earlier on 19 February this year, an 18-year-old Tibetan boy named Nangdrol died of self-immolation in Zamthang. Nangdrol, who cared passionately about Tibetan culture and language, used to urge his fellow Tibetans to be united and to preserve their culture, language and religious identity.

On 26 January, a 20-year-old Tibetan named Ogyen died of gunshot wounds after police opened on a crowd of Tibetans who were protesting against the detention of Tharpa. Tharpa, who is a schoolmate of Nangdrol, was arrested for pasting leaflets stating that the self-immolations were calls for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. He said the self-immolations would continue until the Chinese authorities met these demands.

Since March 2009, 35 Tibetans in Tibet have so far set themselves on fire calling for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.


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Chinese Authorities in Tibet Hold First Award Ceremony for ‘Harmonious Model Monasteries’ and ‘Law Abiding Monks and Nuns’

According to the ChinaTibetnews.com report posted today, the first award ceremony for the “Harmonious Model Monasteries” and “law-abiding, patriotic and advanced monks and nuns” was held on 19 April 2012 in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).


The recipients of the award include 59 monasteries and nunneries selected as the model monasteries, 58 Monastery Management Committees, 6,773 monks and nuns, and 200 “outstanding cadres” posted in monasteries in recognition of their “good works”.


As a reward, the ‘law-abiding advanced monks and nuns’ of the Harmonious Modal Monasteries shall be given government subsidies. These subsidies include free pension, medical insurance. An annual free health check up will also be done, the report said.


The Party Secretary of TAR, Chen Quanguo in his address, said that the monks and nuns should “effectively recognize the politics of the Dalai Clique’s reactionary, religious hypocrisy, deceptive means” and separate themselves from separatist activities by “draw[ing] a line with the Dalai Clique” and not participating in separatist activities to “disrupt social order”, according to the news report.

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Tibetan School Forcibly Closed, Teachers Arrested

The government authorities in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) County have forcibly closed a locally-founded Tibetan school that had offered classes in Tibetan language and culture for the last 20 years at Khadrok village in Rongpo Tsa Lema Township in Kardze County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

Sources told TCHRD that the Khadrok Jamtse RoktenSchool was closed on 2 April 2012 and the Kardze County Public Security Bureau officers arrested the school’s director, Nyendak and a teacher, Yama Tsering.

Both were arrested from the school and taken to an undisclosed location. Nyendak (aged 51) had worked as the director of the school for over 20 years while Yama Tsering (aged 36) joined the school as an English teacher in 2005 and since then had worked as a teacher without taking any pay.

Sources said Yama Tsering’s resourcefulness in getting foreign sponsors had enabled the school to renovate its classrooms, hostel, and staff quarters.

Both are residents of Khadrok village. Sources said the security officers interrogated the family members of Nyendak and Yama Tsering after the arrests.

The families of the two teachers were denied access to see the detainees.

There is no information at this time on the two teachers’ whereabouts and condition. The charges for their arrest are also not known.

After the closure of the school, the parents in the area were instructed to send their children, who are above 7 years of age, to government schools in the township.

The security officers had also issued warnings against any attempts to reopen the school.

The Khadrok Jamtse Rokten School was founded in 1989 with full approval from the Kardze County authorities, according to our sources. The school curriculum put special emphasis on speaking pure Tibetan among the students.


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Tibetans Beaten, Arrested for Protesting Official Corruption

About 100 Tibetans were injured after they were beaten by security personnel from People's Armed Police (PAP) for protesting against the local government's move to reward and honor two corrupt officials in Adhue village in the upper part of Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County in Ngaba and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province.

The incident occurred at around 2 pm on 14 April 2012 in which some Tibetans like Lopon Kyab were seriously injured and had to be hospitalized in the Ngaba County hospital.


On 14 April 2012, a group of officials from Ngaba County came and spoke in praise of the two officials who were in fact suspected by local Tibetans of embezzling funds meant for building houses for the local people. The officials also announced that the two officials would be rewarded for their ‘good work’.


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Chinese leaders in UK - protest Sunday 15 April - Chinese Embassy

[13 April 2012] Some of China's top leaders are arriving in the UK on Sunday 15 April. A reception is being held at the Chinese Embassy in London on Sunday afternoon/evening. Tibet Society is joining with the Tibetan Community in Britain and Students for a Free Tibet, along with Chinese and Uyghur human rights defenders, for a protest calling on China to respect human rights and freedoms.

Time: 4pm - 9pm (please join whenever you are able to)
Address: opposite Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL.
Nearest tube stations: Great Portland Street, Regents Park or Oxford Circus



 The Chinese leaders visiting the UK include:

Li Changchun Li Changchun -  the Propaganda chief of the Communist Party of China and the fifth-ranked member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (the top decision making body).
Liu Yandong •  Liu Yandong - State Councillor and former head of the United Front Work Department (2002-2007). During her visit Liu Yandong will co-chair the inaugural meeting of what is described as a "China-UK high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism" and will attend the London Book Fair as a guest of honor. Liu is the highest-ranked female politician in the Chinese Communist Party, and the only woman with a seat on the Politburo.

  • Liu Binjie - Minister of the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP). The GAPP is responsible for regulating (including censorship and banning) and distribution of news, print and internet publications in China. Liu Binjie is a keynote speaker at the London Book Fair (Earls Court 16-18 April


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Chinese arrest Tibetan for vision of Dalai lama he saw in the Moon

DHARAMSHALA: The Chinese government has forbidden Tibetans living in Tibet from keeping their most-revered spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s photos in homes, monasteries, to name a few. An act of defiance from Tibetans definitely leave them in facing the inevitable consequences.


But now, for Tibetans, even seeking just a vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the moon has become an punishable act.

A report coming out of Tibet say Phurbu Namgyal, a 20-year-old youth from Lhundup district near Tibet’s capital Lhasa, saw reflection of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the moon recently.

He confided his experience to his friends while working together at a club house in Lhasa. He told them that if someone gazes at the night sky one can see His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the moon. All of them then started looking at the sky to see the vision outside the club. The police from the public security bureau knew about this and arbitrarily picked up Phurbu Namgyal alleging him for committing an illegal act.

His whereabouts and well-being remain unknown.

original - Tibet.net


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Tenpa Dhargyal Self-Immoliating Tibetan Monk Passes Away

The Tibetan monk who self-immolated along with another on 3o March 2012 in Barkham County passed away. Tenpa Dhargyal and Chime Palden, both monks at Tsodun Kirti Monastery in Ngaba Prefecture, set themselves on fire at Barkham (Chinese: Maerkang) County, the capital of Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), Sichuan Province. 22-yr-old Tenpa Dhargyal passed away on 7 April 2012 at around 9:30 am (Tibet Time) at a hospital in Ngaba area, sources said. Chime Palden (aged 21) has reportedly died on 31 March, the next day of their self-immolation. Chime was cremated immediately, at around 5 am. Ignoring the request to hand over the Tenpa’s body to his family and the monastery, the Chinese authorities cremated the body at around 1 pm (Tibet Time). His ashes were handed over at around 4 pm. When his ashes were carried to Tsodun Kirti Monastery to perform the last rites and rituals for the deceased, officers of the People’s Armed Police followed in three large vehicles. The two monks were from Khorlachang village, Barkham County, Gyalrong Tsodu Township in Ngaba TAP, Sichuan Province. For more details on Tenpa Dhargyal and Chime Palden please visit: http://www.tchrd.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=195:twin-self-immolation-in-barkham-county&catid=70:2012-news&Itemid=162


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China Sentences Tibetan Abbot to 2 Years' Imprisonment

Khenpo Gyewala, a highly- revered abbot and respected scholar at Gyegyel Zogchen Monastery, has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment after 20 days of incommunicado detention in police custody.

Khenpo went 'missing' on 8 March 2012 in Zatoe (Chinese: Zaduo) county in Yulshul (Chinese: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

Sources tell TCHRD a relative of Khenpo was called on 28 March 2012 to Zatoe county Public Security Bureau (PSB) office. The relative, whose identity could not be established immediately, was allowed to speak on phone with Khenpo Gyewala for three minutes.

Before talking on phone to Khenpo, the relative was warned by officers not to share information about Khenpo's sister who died on 15 March after falling unconscious in the county PSB office. Sources identified the deceased sister as Boyang (aged 41).

Boyang's death appears to be linked directly to the emotional shock she suffered after she failed a number of times to obtain any information from the PSB office regarding her brother's whereabouts.

Sources say during the three-minute phone call, Khenpo told his relative to look after Monsel School, the school he founded to counter growing illiteracy among local Tibetans. Khenpo also said he underwent 'enormous hardships' during his detention but after the sentencing, he did not face any special problems. But Khenpo could not name the place where he is imprisoned although sources suspect the prison is located far away from Tibetan areas.

TCHRD earlier reported the 'disappearance' of 13 Tibetans along with Khenpo Gyewala. Sources now report that the 13 Tibetans were released on 25 March 2012.


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Tibetan Singer Sentenced for Patriotic Songs

Around 20 March 2012, a Tibetan singer was sentenced to two years imprisonment for singing songs calling for Tibetan unity and freedom by the Nangchen(Chinese: Nangqian) County court in Yulshul (Chinese: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

Ugyen Tenzin (aged 25) was recently detained in February after releasing an album with songs of praise in honour of the Dalai Lama, Karmapa and Lobsang Sangay, the Kalon Tripa of exile Tibetan administration. Ugyen was charged with singing political songs.

In 2008, Ugyen Tenzin was detained for a year for protesting against Chinese mining operations in Nangchen County, according to sources. He also encouraged the local Tibetans to protect the environment and stop mining in the area.

Ugyen Tenzin’s family was not allowed to visit him. Details of his whereabouts and condition are not immediately known. The exact charges made against him are also unclear.

The local authorities are now searching for the lyricist of Ugyen’s songs.

In another instance, two Tibetans were sentenced for raising slogans on 8 March 2012. The two, identified as Woegoe and Yonten Phuntsok, were sentenced to three years and two years term respectively by the local court of Nangchen County.


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