TCHRD report documents crisis of maternal and child health in Tibet

Health Cover- 1On 4 March 2015 the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) released a special report on the right to health, entitled In the Shadow of Development: Maternal and Child Health in Crisis in Tibet. The report documents how a failing system of public healthcare has permitted extremely poor maternal and child health to persist in Tibet, despite drastic improvements in conditions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The report reveals that rural-living Tibetan women and children bear some of the highest risks in the PRC for birth-related illness and death, and finds that maternal and child health in Tibet is the worst in the PRC by a wide margin. In the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in 2009, maternal and infant mortality were the highest in the PRC, 8 and 2.7 times higher than the national average, respectively. Severe child malnutrition, at 3.6%, was over twice as high. Life expectancy in the TAR was 8.5 years shorter than average and the lowest in the PRC. [Continue reading]

South Africa should stand with Dalai Lama and Tibetan political prisoners

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's meeting with Mandela in 1996 in South Africa.  (Photo: ANC Archives)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s meeting with Mandela in 1996 in South Africa. (Photo: ANC Archives)

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Vester Prison. He spent 27 years in prison. Initially, Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison for leaving South Africa without a passport and inciting people to go on strike. He left South Africa to attend the Conference of the Pan-African Movement for East and Central Africa, he did not apply for a passport because he knew he would not be granted one by Apartheid South Africa. He later received a life sentence for sabotage.  [Continue reading]

Annual Report 2014: Human Rights Situation in Tibet

Annual Report English Cover

On 7 February 2015 the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) released its 2014 Annual Report on human rights situation in Tibet. The report is available in English, Tibetan, and, for the first time, Chinese. The Annual Report … [Continue reading]

TCHRD welcomes introduction of targeted sanctions bill for violators of human rights

Cover of "Ending Impunity: Crimes Against Humanity in Tibet", a special report released by TCHRD in September 2013

At the end of January the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act was introduced in the United States’ Senate (S.284) and House of Representatives (H.R.624). The bill builds upon the success of the Magnitsky Act and allows the president to … [Continue reading]

China engages in political purge in the name of anti-corruption drive in Tibet

Ye Dongsong is the head of the 4th inspection team of CPC's Central Leading Group for Inspection Work. This group is under the direction of Wang Qishan, the secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. (Photo:

In January this year, official government-run media in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced [1] the first prosecutions of officials under the anti-corruption campaign in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The announcement specifically … [Continue reading]

Remembering the fearless ‘ghost’ Tenzin Choedrak (1981-2014)

Tenzin Choedak

Tenzin Choedrak, a Tibetan social activist died two days after his release from prison at the age of 34. He was serving a 15-year prison term for acting as a ringleader of the March 2008 protests in Lhasa, Tibet [1]. When he was returned to his … [Continue reading]

Tibetan university student detained for blogging on self-immolation

Meu Soepa

Chinese authorities have arbitrarily detained a Tibetan university student who is also an active blogger on issues sensitive for the Chinese government such as self-immolation, according to information received by TCHRD. Meu Soepa, 21, a student … [Continue reading]

Two monks detained, many others beaten and detained in Ngaba

Losang Lungrig was detained for unknown reasons

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has been informed by a reliable source that Chinese paramilitary forces detained a monk for staging peaceful protest and detained another for unknown reasons in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba … [Continue reading]

Monk dies of self-immolation calling for Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet

Kelsang Yeshi

Exile Tibetan media have reported yet another self-immolation yesterday of a monk in Tawu (Ch: Daofu) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham. Kelsang Yeshi, 38, a monk at Tawu … [Continue reading]

Tibetan woman, 19, dies of self-immolation: Police detain family members

Tsepey, 19, died after setting herself alight at Meuruma Township in Ngaba County.

A Tibetan nomad woman died of self-immolation protest yesterday evening in Meuruma Township in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Tibetan Centre for Human … [Continue reading]