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Tibetan journalist whereabouts still unknown week after arrest

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 The whereabouts of a Tibetan journalist, Rangjung, who was arrested around midnight on 11 September 2008 by Sertha County Public Security Bureau official from his home for unknown reason, still remains unknown. According to reliable sources, the friends and family members of Rangjung have not heard from him since his arrest on 11 September. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) expresses its deepest concern over the well-being of Tibetan journalist and calls for the Chinese authorities to ascertain his whereabouts to the family members.

According to the source, Rangjung, who was an employee at the local Sertha television station was detained by security personnel from his home and taken to unknown location. He was working as a news reporter and a newscaster for the Sertha Television station. At the time of his detention, the security personnel also impounded two laptops from his room. The current whereabouts and reasons for Rangjung’s arrest still remains unknown. He is a father of two children.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama cancels trip to Europe on advice to have a good rest

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama has cancelled his trip to Europe in October on advice from His doctors who recommend a good rest before continuing with his schedule.

The full statement follows;-

STATEMENT

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is back in Dharamshala after undergoing medical tests and treatment following some discomfort recently.

The physicians have informed His Holiness that his general health condition is good but strongly advised him to curtail his travel schedule. In the immediate future the physicians have advised him to take good rest before resuming his schedule.

We are therefore canceling his proposed travel to Europe in October. His Holiness very much regrets the inconvenience this will cause to the organisers of his programs as well as to those who were looking forward to participating in them. We hope everyone will understand the situation.


September 13, 2008

Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama   

 

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Statement of the Kashag on the occasion of worldwide fasting and prayer service on 30 August 2008

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Today on 30 August 2008, the last day of the sixth month of Earth-Mouse Year in Tibetan Calender, Tibetan Solidarity Committee appealed the Tibetans, Tibet supporters and peace loving people all over the world to observe a symbolic fasting and prayer service for 12 hours. We are immensely fortunate and grateful that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has consented to take part in person here, but due to a slight indisposition this could not happen. However, His Holiness is observing the fasting and prayer from Mumbai today and we convey our immense gratitude and respect to him.
The Kashag of the central Tibetan Administration would like to heartily thank all the Tibetans, Tibet supporters and those believing in non-violence who are taking part to observe this symbolic fasting and prayer service.

This activity is not a protest led by hatred, rancour and anger but by the teachings of the Lord Buddha in all the vehicles to refrain from harming others and do everything to benefit others with love and compassion, which is the essence of spiritual practice. Mahatma Gandhi has shown us with his practical demonstration that this is only for spiritual practice but it can very well apply to the politics for the benefits of society and nations. Our effort of today symbolizes that this method is effectively relevant in the post-modern world also.

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Kashag Appeals to Tibetans to Stand committed to Non-Violence

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Dharamshala: The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration has made a strong appeal to all Tibetans to strengthen their commitment to non-violence, and to put concerted non-violent efforts to bring a natural end to the torture and persecution in Tibet.

"Our pursuit of non-violence has not only enabled us to keep alive the Tibetan issue but also compelled the People's Republic of China to respond to our policy of rapprochement irrespective of their sincerity," Kashag said in its statement on worldwide non-violent action to be held on Saturday, 30 August.

"The Kashag of the central Tibetan Administration would like to heartily thank all the Tibetans, Tibet supporters and those believing in non-violence who are taking part to observe this symbolic fasting and prayer service," the statement noted.


The full text of the Kashag's statement follows:

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Olympics and Tibet under a cloud of repression

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On the eve of China's first Olympics, as the world prepares to gaze more intently than ever on the grand spectacle of the 29th Olympics, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) deplores and expresses its deepest dismay on China's failure to uphold the Olympic principles particularly with regard to continual of repression in Tibet. The communist regime continues to cling on to its old authoritarian ways and still ruthlessly suppresses peaceful dissent. Over the recent past the Chinese authorities under the pretext of security measures has intensified clampdown on the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people.

Spontaneous pan-Tibet protests since 10 March 2008 are sincere manifestation of brutality and oppression suffered by the Tibetans at the hands of the Communist party for more than half a century. This goes in contrast to the authorities' projection of the image of "harmonious society" and failure of Beijing long held Tibet Policies.

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Message by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Beijing Olympics

I would like to offer my greetings to the People's Republic of China,the organizers and the athletes participating in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.

Right from the time of China's application to hold the Olympic games,I have supported China's right to host the Games. This is a moment of great pride to the 1.3 billion Chinese people. These Games should contribute to promoting the Olympic spirit of friendship,openness and peace.

I send my prayers and good wishes for the success of this event.

 

 

DALAI LAMA

 

6 August 2008

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Human Rights Groups Urged to Press China to End Tibet Repression

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Dharamshala: The Tibetan Solidarity Committee has urged countries and particularly the human rights organizations around the world to press the Chinese government to immediately halt all activities of repression and to respect the fundamental human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people.
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration has, since the beginning, supported the Beijing Olympic Games as a fitting tribute to China's ancient civilization and a respect to the Chinese people's aspirations," noted a press released issued by the committee on 2 August.

"However, in the name of Olympic security, the government of China has intensified security clampdown amounting to stifling of Tibetan people's religious freedom and human rights," the press note added.

The Tibetan Solidarity Committee - constituted by the Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile - aims to plan, inform, co-ordinate and lead the movement in exile in unity under the policy of Middle-Way Approach of the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the present crisis in Tibet.


The full text of the press release follows:

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Update Re Tibet Demonstrations 31st July

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June 2008

Lhasa - Some arrested protestors from Lhundup county given sentences

Some of the people, who were arrested for participating in protests on 15-16 March at Phenpo Lhundup (Ch: Lingzhi) county, were given arbitrary sentences by the concerned court of Lhasa City in mid June.

Tenzin Lhamo, a girl from Ugyen Mey village in Gaden Choekhor township, Lhundrup county, was given arbitrary sentence to 10 years of imprisonment for merely participating in a peaceful protest in Lhundrup county on 16 March. Samdup, a man from the same locality, was also sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Similarly, three others, including Kalden from Dhey village in Jangkha township, Lhundrup county, were sentenced to 20, 17 and 12 years in prison. Their details are not available.

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China arrests four Tibetans for protesting against festival to greet Olympics

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Four Tibetan youth in Nangchen County in north eastern Qinghai Province were arrested on 26 July 2008 by the Chinese Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials for protesting against the Summer Festival planned by the Chinese government to greet the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, according to confirmed information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

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Tibetan MPs Ask World Leaders to engage China in meaningful dialogue

 Dharamshala: The members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile have requested the head of the states, attending the Beijing Olympic Games' opening ceremony, to urge the Chinese leadership to appreciate the genuine initiative taken by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and find a lasting solution to the issue of Tibet.
On 28 July, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has submitted appeal letters to the head of the states, including United States, France, Japan, Russia and European Council.

"We request you, members of your delegation and independent medias to visit the Tibetan areas, which could help improve human dignity and rule of law. Moreover, we believe that your presence at the Opening of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will enhance the dignity of the Olympic Games as you will carry the strong voice of "freedom and human rights," the letter noted.

"We continue to call upon the Chinese Government to open Tibet to the world and to address the grievances of Tibetan people, to win the confidence of the Tibetan people. China should also stop making false allegations against His Holiness and the Tibetan People's movement."

In the letter to President Bush, Dolma Gyari, deputy speaker, expressed gratitude to the government and people of the United States, and lauded their efforts and support to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's non-violent efforts in securing the rights and the Liberties of the people of Tibet.

"Our best wishes are with the US athletes as 'Ambassadors of Liberty'," the letter noted.

 

The full text of the letter to US President George W Bush follows:

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