Tibetans and supporters worldwide commemorated Tibetan Independence Day on February 13 to celebrate Potala Palace, as a historical monument symbolic of Tibet's independent past. Students for a Free Tibet chapters around the world took part in the annual tradition of marking the day the 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet re-declared Tibetan independence after driving out officials of the Qing dynasty from Tibet. Events ranged from panel discussions on Potala Palace to Tibetan traditional dance,to concerts and festivals, to poetry readings and local outreach drives.
Following protests on November 16, 20 Tibetans have reportedly been detained following a peaceful protest against damming in Yangdro village in Dechen County in Southeastern Tibet. This is happening just weeks after China was re-elected onto the Human Rights Council at the U.N.