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Kirti Monk 'Disappears' After Arrest in Ngaba - Tibet

A monk at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Prefecture, Sichuan Province has 'disappeared' since his arbitrary arrest last month.


Lobsang Tsering

Lobsang Tsering, aged 21, was arrested on 26 June 2012 at his monastery by the Public Security Bureau personnel from Ngaba Prefecture.


Since his arrest, Lobsang's family and relatives have approached relevant security offices in the region enquiring about his whereabouts and condition but to no avail.


It is not known on what charges Lobsang Tsering was arrested and where he is being held and in what condition.


Lobsang Tsering joined Kirti Monastery at a young age and had lived at the monastery until his sudden arrest.


Lobsang Tsering, son of father Tashi Tsering and mother Chungo, of Lhaso Tsang household, was from Bato village, Lota Township in lower part of Ngaba County.


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Tibetan Chamber of Commerce member hails British support for Tibet

London, 18 July 2012:

During a private UK visit, Thupten Jampa, Joint Secretary of the Tibetan Chamber of Commerce (TCC), paid a courtesy call to the offices of Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund in north London on Monday, 16th July.

Jampa, who runs a very successful travel company in India – EarthLink Tours & Travels, expressed his deep admiration for the world’s first Tibet support groups and their continued assistance for Tibetan refugees in the Indian sub-continent. Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund were both established within months of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and some 87,000 Tibetans fleeing across the Himalayas into India in March 1959, after the failed Tibetan national uprising against the Communist China in Lhasa.

Interacting with the staff of Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund, Jampa urged the two British organisations to continue to support for Tibetan people. Jampa, a native of Mön Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, north-eastern India, was a key organiser of the 32nd Kalachakra Teaching, conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, Bihar (from 31st December 2011 to 10th January 2012) which attracted over 200,000 Buddhist pilgrims from 63 countries. He also shared his ideas on the possible cooperation between the Tibet groups and Tibetan business ventures, whilst helping with the generation of vital funds for Tibetan people.

Founded in 2005, the Tibetan Chamber of Commerce, not only undertakes activities to increase and benefit the business interests of the Chamber’s members and the Tibetan, Himalayan region business and the general Tibetan community as a whole, but it also aims to support new and emerging Tibetan and Himalayan region entrepreneurs through interaction and cooperation within and outside the Chamber.

(A report filed by Tsering Passang of Tibet Relief Fund.)


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China: Attempts to Seal Off Tibet from Outside Information

Escalating Restrictions on Media and Travel in Tibetan Areas

(New York) – Restrictions on news, media, and communications in Tibet have been stepped up by Chinese authorities in the lead-up to the 18th Party Congress, due to take place in late 2012.

The measures appear to be an effort to cut off Tibetans in China [4] from news not subjected to the government’s domestic monopoly on information. They are presented officially as an attempt to prevent the views of the exiled Dalai Lama and his followers from reaching Tibetans inside China, particularly those living in rural areas.

The new restrictions, described in the official Renmin Wang media outlet on May 31, 2012, as key to maintaining stability and national security, aim to “ensure the absolute security of Tibet’s ideological and cultural realm,” according to Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) Party Secretary Chen Quanguo in a June 27 interview. The measures involve significantly increased controls, particularly in the TAR, on internet use, text messages, phone ownership, music publishing, and photocopying, as well as intensified government propaganda through new TV channels, village education sessions, film showings, distribution of books, and the provision of satellite television receivers with fixed reception to government channels. As a result, Tibetans have virtually no access to independent news, are being subject to intensifying political education and propaganda in villages, schools, and monasteries, and face increasing limitations on travel into the TAR from other provinces.

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Tibetan Dies of Self-immolation in Damshung

A Tibetan man who set himself on fire on 7 July 2012 in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has reportedly died.


The 22 year-old Tibetan man was identified as Tsewang Dorjee, from Damshung (Chinese: Dangxiong) County in Lhasa Municipality, TAR. Several media reports said Tsewang Dorjee died later that night.


Tsewang Dorjee reportedly self-immolated in the centre of Damshung County. Tsewang Dorjee walked some distance and called for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, according to sources quoted by the media. Within minutes security personnel arrived at the site and took a severely burnt Tsewang Dorjee to hospital.


Reports also say that the area is under heavy lockdown following the self-immolation. Details cannot be confirmed at this time of reporting as phone lines to the area are cut-off. Even people in nearby areas like Lhasa are unable to contact others in Damshung County, days after Tsewang’s self-immolation.


Tsewang Dorjee is survived by his aged mother.


Tsewang Dorjee became the fourth Tibetan to self-immolate in TAR. Thirty Tibetans have self-immolated this year, within a span of seven months. Since 2009, 43 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.

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His Holiness addresses Tibetan Muslims in Srinagar


Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Tibetan Parliament Speaker Penpa Tsering accompanies His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to Badamwari Hawal Tibetan Public School in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, on 14 July 2012/Photo/Sonam Tsering/LTWA

SRINAGAR: Thousands of Tibetan Muslims came to greet His Holiness the Dalai Lama and chief minister Omar Abdullah at a grand public reception held in honour of His Holiness at the Tibetan Public school yesterday in Srinagar.

The reception was organised by the management committee of the Tibetan Public School and the Tibetan Muslim Youth Federation.

Speaking at the reception, His Holiness expressed his deep happiness at seeing the Tibetan Muslims after such a long time and said that all Tibetans are one, even though our religion is different.

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Threat of Sino-Indian battle looms large ahead of 50th anniv of 1962 war

NEW DELHI: While Beijing  spars verbally with New Delhi on a regular basis over Arunachal Pradesh and, more recently, displayed belligerence on the issue of oil hunting in South China Sea, the Communist neighbour could now be spoiling for an actual fight.

The threat of a Sino-Indian skirmish that may push the two Asian giants to the brink of war is so real that it has set the alarm bells ringing in the top echelons of the Union government. And, uncannily, the warning about the gathering war clouds comes just a few months before the 50th anniversary of the real war that had broken out between the countries when China launched simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line on October 20, 1962.

Last week, India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) informed the government in a secret note accessed by Headlines Today that there was a possibility of a skirmish or an incident triggered by China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Beijing, the input stated, was contemplating such an action to divert attention from its own domestic trouble.

The assessment, shared with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior national security officials and the brass of the armed forces, is now being discussed at the highest levels of the government and has raised concern.

The RAW note substantiated its claim by pointing to increased Chinese activity along the LAC. For the first time, China had stationed fighter aircraft in the Gongga airfield in the Tibet Autonomous Region throughout the winter months. It also activated new surveillance and tracking radars in the Lanzhou Military Region bordering India as well as in Tsona to monitor Indian activity, the RAW said.

According to the agency, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a large-scale India specific exercise in the Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Plateau Region on June 14.

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Clinton Urges China to Engage in Dialogue With Dalai Lama


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama, according to a U.S. official who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record.

Clinton met Yang before a regional security meeting today in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. U.S.-China relations were strained after President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama in 2010.

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Tibetan Girl Protests in Karze, Beaten and Detained

Police detain a teenager who held a protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.

Chinese police in a restive Tibetan prefecture of Sichuan province detained a teenage girl who staged a solitary protest this week, beating her severely as they took her away, according to a local source.

Jigme Dolma, 17, had gone to protest at the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) county center of Kardze prefecture on June 24 “without informing her family,” a Tibetan woman living in the area said, speaking to RFA on condition of anonymity.

“She chose the large bridge in Kardze town that leads to Serthar [in Chinese, Seda] to stage her protest.”

Walking from the bridge to a crossroads in the center of town, Dolma threw leaflets in the air and called out for freedom for Tibet, the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and the release of Tibetan political prisoners, the source said.

“When she reached the main part of town, police overwhelmed her and took her away, beating her at the same time.”

Relatives found her seriously injured and with her arm in a splint at a local hospital on June 28, the source said. It was unclear if she was under guard.

“Jigme Dolma never attended school but helped her family with field work and other household chores” the source said.

“She lived in Shongka village in the Karashang township. Her father’s name is Choeyang and her mother’s name is Atse Lhamo.”

“Her family members had been active in protests against Chinese rule,” the source said, adding that a nun named Traga, coming from the same family, had participated in a protest in 2008 and been jailed for one year and seven months.

Restive Kardze prefecture was the scene of a series of mass public protests in January and February challenging Chinese rule.

On March 25, authorities detained four Tibetans, including two monks, in the region during their search for key protest participants.

The protests were held in conjunction with the Tibetan New Year, during which participants complained of lack of freedom and called for the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Reported by Norbu Damdul for RFA’s Tibetan service. Translated by Karma Dorjee. Written in English by Richard Finney.

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Thousands throng His Holiness’s Birthday Celebration in Dharamsala

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche, chief guest Kishen Kapoor, Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay, Speaker Penpa Tsering and Supreme Justice Commissioner Ngawang Phelgyal Gyechen at the ceremony.

DHARAMSHALA: Thousands of joyous Tibetans, Indians and foreigners thronged the Tsuglagkhang courtyard today to celebrate the 77th birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Speaking on the occasion, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “I would like to thank all here who have attended my birthday and have wished me well on this day. Everyone considers birthdays as very important events, but as Tibetans, we usually don’t regard birthdays as highly as others, traditionally”.

He added, “If we start regarding birthdays as important, then every day when we get up in the morning should also be considered like a birthday. In a given day, each day is important and one should try and help other people, but if unable to, then at least one should not hurt others.”

“Every day I promise myself to treat others in this way. If I can get up each day and help and not hurt others, this is good. My life is spent like this and today I am 77 years old,” he said.

Reflecting on childhood spent in Lhasa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “as a child I was naughty and very lazy – too lazy to study and like to play.”

“When I reflect on these things, I consider there is nothing special about me for I am just one of the 6 or 7 billion people in this world,” he added.

“I devolved my political authority to the democratically-elected Tibetan leadership last year and now I’m totally retired from this role. I would like to thank those who continue to work hard with the Tibetan administration. I hope they continue to do so as before,” said His Holiness.

Meanwhile, Mr Kishen Kapoor, cabinet minister of the Himachal government and the chief guest of the occasion, expressed his heartfelt birthday greetings to His Holiness on behalf of Chief Minister P K Dhumal and Indian public.

He said today is a historic day in the history of time because His Holiness was born on this day in a remote village in eastern Tibet amid a lot of prophesies and good omens.

His Holiness is known the world over today and is the recipient of every prestigious awards and degrees in the world, he said, adding that his efforts has brought Dharamshala on the world map and the preferred location of every tourists.

He also said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the shining star of Himachal Pradesh and that Himachal Pradesh is honoured to host him for over 5 decades.

He also pledged that Himachal Pradesh would always remain with the people of Tibet and stated that wherever Tibet is, Himachal Pradesh will always be there.

The ceremony concluded with cultural performances by various Tibetan institutions as well as performances by the local Indian community.

In the evening, a dinner reception and a cultural performance by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) was hosted by the Kashag for chief guest of the evening, Divisional commissioner Mr Sanjay Gupta and other Indian dignitaries as well as for the staff of the Central Tibetan Administration.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to the public during his 77th birthday celebration.

Schoolchildren in the audience during His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 77th birthday.

Tibetan artists singing the Tibetan and Indian national anthems.

Artists performing traditional dances during the evening show at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

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Tibetan Teen Girl Arrested, Beaten After Protest

A teenage Tibetan girl has been beaten and arrested after a lone protest in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) County, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province.


On 24 June 2012, Jigme Dolma, aged 17, staged a peaceful protest at around 11 am (Tibet Time) in the main market of Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) County, according to our source.


Jigme Dolma threw leaflets in the air and raised slogans calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, freedom in Tibet and the release of the Panchen Lama and Tibetan political prisoners. After four minutes’ protest, Jigme Dolma was immediately arrested and beaten by security personnel that she had to be hospitalized, sources said.


Traga, a nun and aunt of Jigme Dolma, was arrested after the 2008 protests in Tibet for her involvement in the protests. Traga was sentenced to around two year's prison terms. Around a year after her release, Traga became ill and was admitted in a hospital in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, from where it was learnt that the medical illness Traga was suffering from were due to ill-treatment during her imprisonment.


Following the arrest on 24 June 2012, Jigme Dolma’s father approached the local police authorities to allow him to see his daughter, but his request was rejected. On 28 June, Jigme Dolma’s father came to know that his daughter was being taken to a hospital. He then waited at the hospital entrance where he saw his daughter injured and escorted by local police personnel. Jigme Dolma had sustained injuries on her hands, back and legs. On 29 June, Jigme Dolma's father was allowed to meet his daughter.


Jigme Dolma is detained in Kardze County’s Detention Centre, a source told TCHRD. However, her medical condition and well-being remain a great concern. Jigme Dolma is the eldest among her parents’ three daughters.

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