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.
A group of Tibetans and supporters of Tibet is planning a silent protest outside a Manhattan movie theater Thursday night to criticize a film studio's decision to have actress Tilda Swinton play a character in the movie "Doctor Strange," which opens in the U.S. this week.
World-wide rallies are planned Wednesday to protest the Chinese government's reported demolition of a Buddhist academy in Tibet, according to Students for a Free Tibet. Demonstrators say it's the latest example of Beijing's religious crackdown in the autonomous region.