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Chinese ban Tibetan participation in Tibetan religious activities.

The Chinese authorities in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have issued a notification banning members of the Party, cadres, government officials and even students from participating in religious activities such as the Saka Dawa .


The notification, issued by the TAR Committee for Discipline Inspection and Supervision Department, stated that participation in religious activities and rituals by Party members, cadres, and students amounts to “serious violations of political discipline and stability work” and severe punishment will be meted out accordingly, reported the official Tibet Daily newspaper on 24 May 2012.

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Dalai Lama welcomed in Austria

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn in Vienna, Austria, on May 26, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
Vienna, Austria, 26 May 2012 - The sun shone and a small crowd of well-wishers smiled warmly as His Holiness arrived opposite St Stephen's Cathedral to be met by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna. They were almost immediately joined by the Austrian Chancellor, Werner Faymann and the three went into a meeting together.

Standing at a balcony window nearby, Cardinal Schönborn took the opportunity to explain some of the restoration work that has been taking place at St Stephen's, the most important religious building in Vienna, before the bells rang out calling him back to the cathedral. His Holiness and the Chancellor continued to discuss matters of mutual concern.
Next, His Holiness drove to the University of Vienna to attend a symposium on Buddhism and Science: Mind & Matter – New Models of Reality, where he was welcomed by the Rector of the University, Heinz Engl.
Describing it as a great honour for him to participate in the discussions, His Holiness noted that towards the end of the last century, scientists had begun to take a serious interest in the workings of our minds and emotions. He said he had been fascinated by how things work since he was a child and learned a great deal about how electricity functions from investigating the movie projector and generator that had belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama. About 40 years ago he began to learn about cosmology, neuropsychology and quantum physics and for nearly 30 years has been conducting regular dialogues with scientists. The purpose of these dialogues is, firstly, to extend human knowledge, not only in the material field, but also the inner space of our minds, and, secondly, through exploring such phenomena as a calm mind, to promote human happiness.
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US Reports Intense Repression in Tibet

DHARAMSALA, India: The US State Department in its Annual Country Reports on Human Rights 2011, released yesterday, said that Tibet continued to remain under “increasingly intense and formalized system of control” of the Chinese government.

The report has documented a detailed account of human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese government, such as repression of freedom of speech, religion, association, movement, extrajudicial killing, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention and house arrest.

The report said that Chinese authorities’ repressive measures to control the Tibetan religious freedom has created ” cycles of repression that resulted in increasingly desperate acts by Tibetans, such as a series of self-immolations by Tibetan Buddhist clergy and laypersons in China’s Tibetan areas”.

The report further noted the Chinese authorities’ restriction on media, saying “The government strictly controlled information about, and access to, the TAR and Tibetan areas outside the TAR, making it difficult to determine accurately the scope of human rights abuses”.

The report cited in-depth information on the violation of Tibetan people’s academic and cultural freedom, particularly right to use and preserve Tibetan language. Highlighting on the grim prospect of Tibetan language, the report said that despite both Tibetan and Mandarin Chinese being official languages in the ‘TAR’, “Mandarin was widely spoken and was used for most official communication” and ” Inside official buildings and businesses, including banks, post offices, and hospitals, signage in Tibetan was frequently lacking, and in many instances, forms and documents were available only in Mandarin”.


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China Demotes 6 Tibetan Officials in TAR

The Chinese authorities have demoted six officials of Tibetan descent from their high-ranking posts in Toelung Dechen (Chinese: Duiling Deqing) County in Lhasa Municipality, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

Dawa Tsering, the Vice-Party Secretary of Tolung Dechen County; Passang, the Vice-Head tof he County Religious Affairs Bureau and Nyima Wangdue, the head of the County Religious Affairs Bureau and three other Tibetan officials were demoted from their posts, reported the Chinese government-owned Xizangradio.com on 17 May 2012.

The decision to demote the officials was taken by the Lhasa City branch of Communist Party of China (CPC) which held a meeting to discuss the demotion. The reason for their demotion was their failure to strictly undertake their duties and responsibilities in maintaining stability.

Nyima Wangdue was demoted to the post of Vice-head of the County Religious Affairs but it is not immediately known what lower posts Dawa Tsering and Passang have been assigned. The Lhasa City branch of CPC said it will investigate these cases and then punish them accordingly. The cases of other three demoted officials will be decided after investigation, the report quoted the Lhasa City branch of CPC as saying at the meeting.

The Lhasa City branch of CPC said the officials’ duty in maintaining stability is of utmost importance and any negligence in fulfilling these duties should not be excused but shall be strictly dealt with. The Party also advised other officials to learn lesson from these cases.

This is the second time in recent months that a group of officials have been demoted since Chen Quanguo became the new Party Secretary of TAR. In February 2012, TCHRD learned that 13 officials including both Tibetan and Chinese were fired or demoted for the same reason.

The recent demotions are the result of the implementation of the regulations passed on 1 December 2011 by the TAR Party Committee and the TAR government. The regulation, which included 44 Articles, requires that the government officials be fined and punished if they fail to carry out their duties in maintaining stability.



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Kashag’s Statement on the Security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In the recent days, there has been considerable media attention concerning reports of a possible security threat to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a matter of great concern.

On 8 May 2012, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave an interview to the Sunday Telegraph in Dharamsala, India, during which the interviewer commented on the security surrounding His Holiness. In response, His Holiness remarked that the concerned security agencies have taken his security very seriously ever since his first arrival in India. He mentioned that some time ago the officials responsible for his security received reports from a Tibetan working for the Chinese security establishment inside Tibet that Tibetan women were being trained to poison him by applying poison to their hair and to traditional greeting scarves. When His Holiness meets with Tibetans, they often present him with such scarves and bow their heads to receive his blessing. However, His Holiness also made it quite clear to the interviewer that there is no way to verify such reports. Although His Holiness takes security threat to his person lightly, there are a variety of threats to his well-being that the security agencies are obliged to take it seriously.

According to reports received from Tibet in June 2010, Chinese intelligence agencies are making concrete plans to harm His Holiness by employing well-trained agents, particularly females. It is also learnt that they are exploring the possibility of harming him by using ultra-modern and highly sophisticated drugs and poisonous chemicals. In another report received in October 2011, it is also learnt that Chinese intelligence agencies have stepped up their clandestine efforts to collect intelligence on the status of His Holiness’s health, as well as collecting physical samples of his blood, urine and hair. They are reportedly co-opting Tibetans inside Tibet to visit India with the intention of seeking an audience with him to this end.

In early April 2008, Zhang Qingli, the then Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) held a meeting of all top officials in the government. During that meeting, he quoted as saying, “those who must be killed should be killed and those must be imprisoned must be imprisoned.” Recently in February 2012, Chen Quanguo, the current Party Secretary of TAR, called for “a war against secessionist sabotage”.

In recent years, Chinese government has launched an unprecedented offensive campaign against His Holiness inside Tibet and has also issued instructions to its concerned officials to organise protests by overseas Chinese communities against the Dalai Lama during his visits outside India. A number of such protests have since been organised in the United States, Europe and Japan.

His Holiness’s efforts to reform and democratise Tibetan society have also emboldened certain fundamentalists within the Tibetan community. This relates to differences arising from the worship of the Shugden spirit, which His Holiness had advised the Tibetan people from worshipping against. The primary group among these fundamentalists is the Dorje Shugden Devotees Charitable and Religious Society (DSDCRS), founded in May 1996 with its headquarters in Delhi, India. The supporters of DSDCRS are perhaps the most violent group. The Indian police have identified and charged DSDCRS of murdering three monks close to His Holiness, including his Chinese translator. This triple murder occurred in Dharamsala, India, very close to His Holiness’s personal residence in February 1997. A Red Corner Notice was issued by Interpol in June 2007 for the arrest of two of the accused in this case. Various reports also point to the fact that the Chinese government is also covertly backing the Shugden fundamentalist groups. The leaders of an association called “North America Gelug Association”, which was established in March 2011 in United States, met Chinese officials in New York several times and have also visited China on a regular basis.

The Central Tibetan Administration is grateful to Government of India for the efficient security arrangements provided to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Central Tibetan Administration cautions all concerned to remain vigilant and alert in this regard.


May 20, 2012

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China Re-launches 'Legal Education' Campaign in "Tibetan Autonomous Region"

The Chinese authorities in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have re-launched a new wave of 'patriotic re-education' and 'legal education' campaigns targeted at Tibetan monastic institutions in the name of maintaining stability, enhancing unity, and promoting harmony in Tibet.


On the afternoon of 11 May 2012 at Lhasa, the TAR government held a meeting called “Mobilization Meeting on In-depth Legal Education Campaign in Tibetan Buddhist Temples” which marked the uniform and in-depth implementation of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) basic policy on religion and the rules and regulations passed by the State Religious Affairs Bureau in all the monasteries and nunneries in TAR, reported the Chinese government-owned website ChinaTibetNews.com.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Nick Clegg & david Cameron

China vented it's fury today at the meeting of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with British Priminister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Stating in it's usual exremely boring communist manner that the meeting had somehow offended the Chinese people, the communists went on to say that no one should interfere in the internal politics of China.

However since the Dalai Lama is the un disputed spiritual head of at least 6 million "Chinese " citizens in the form of the opressed Tibetan minority the communists sound as stupid as ever.





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Dalai Lama gives away 1,000,000 to Save the Children

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was today awarded the Templeton Prize in St Pauls Cathederal London, most of the 1.1 Million Pound prize is to go to save the Children in India, The rest will go to the Mind Life institute and also a fund to educate Buddhist Monks as Scientists.

The Templeton Prize was set up forty years ago by the American born British stock investor Sir John Templeton who felt that the Nobel awards honoured the contribution of science to humanity but failed to recognise religion.

He created the annual award to be given to someone who made and “exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension”, stipulating that the cash should always be more than the Nobel prizes. It has been criticised by some scientists with the campaigning atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins once dismissing it as an award “usually [given] to a scientist who is prepared to say something nice about religion.”

Tibet’s spiritual leader had much to say yesterday about economic greed and the need for religions to embrace scientific study.

He called on nations to tackle the ongoing global econimuic crisis with “optimism and hard work” stating that “any problem which is created [by man], we must have the ability to solve.”

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Video of His Holiness The Dalai Lama who accepted and gave away templeton Prize in London today

Buddhist spiritual leader whose long-standing engagement with multiple dimensions of science and with people far beyond his own religious traditions has made him an incomparable global voice for universal ethics, nonviolence, and harmony among world religions, has won the 2012 Templeton Prize.

For decades, Tenzin Gyatso, 76, the 14th Dalai Lama - a lineage believed by followers to be the reincarnation of an ancient Buddhist leader who epitomized compassion – has vigorously focused on the connections between the investigative traditions of science and Buddhism as a way to better understand and advance what both disciplines might offer the world.

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Bianca Jagger will deliver report on Tibet to 10 Downing Street and appeal to Prime Minister David Cameron to take urgent action

[8 May 2012, London] On Thursday 10 May, days before the Dalai Lama receives the Templeton Prize at St Paul's Cathedral on 14 May, Bianca Jagger will join Tibet Groups to present a new report by the Society for Threatened People on the deepening crisis inside Tibet and launch a campaign that will build up to a European Tibet Solidarity rally in Vienna on 26 May 2012, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama will speak.
To show her solidarity with the Tibetan people, Bianca Jagger will join a small group of Tibetans whose families are from the areas of Tibet where over 35 self-immolations have taken place since 2009, to deliver a new report on the current situation in Tibet to 10 Downing Street.
Bianca Jagger, Goodwill Ambassador for the Council of Europe, will be calling on David Cameron and other European governments to follow up on the report's recommendations to take urgent action towards easing the tension in Chinese-occupied Tibet.
To emphasise the critical need for action to the Prime Minister, a banner will be unfurled saying, “David Cameron, Tibet Needs You Now”.
Before delivering the report to 10 Downing Street, Mrs Jagger, who is Founder and Chair of Human Rights Foundation, a Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council, Amnesty International, USA and Trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust, will speak to the media in Westminster.


Thursday, 10 May 2012, Schedule of events

11.00am: Press conference, Room W1, off Westminster Hall, House of Commons, London SW1A 2TT
11.35am: Unfurling of banner, “David Cameron, Tibet Needs You Now" outside Houses of Parliament

11.45am: Delivery of report to 10 Downing Street



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