I’m thrilled to inform you that the SFT International team has just landed in Taiwan for our first ever “Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan Round Table Conference.” This historic conference is the first gathering of like-minded activists and youth leaders from Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
PEN America and Students for a Free Tibet International are among seven groups asking President Donald Trump to voice human rights concerns with Chinese President Xi Jinping when they meet in Florida beginning Thursday. In a joint statement, the organizations accuse China of ongoing religious repression, crackdowns on free speech, and wrongful imprisonment of those who express dissenting views.
Seven Tibetans were sentenced to long jail terms this week, some for celebrating the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama last year, according to US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA). The People’s Intermediate Court in Barkham county handed down the sentences on Tuesday, Kanyak Tsering, a Tibetan monk exiled in Dharamsala, India, told RFA, citing contacts in the region. The seven Tibetans were given terms ranging from five to 14 years.
A Tibetan self-immolated at around 5pm local time today (8 December) on the streets of Machu county in Tibet’s Amdo Province. According to a video received, a body is seen engulfed in flames . A woman standing nearby is heard reciting prayers in the name of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Today we were very excited to receive a letter from the UK Foreign Office (FCO) assuring us that they share our concerns for Shokjang and have raised his case a number of times with Chinese ambassadors and delegates, most recently at the UK China - Human Rights Dialogue, but also during Parliamentary Questions, in writing, and in the FCO’s annual human rights report.