China detains family members after Tibetan non-violence activist dies of self-immolation

Ney Kyab, an award-winning activist for non-violence died of self-immolation protest

Ney Kyab, an award-winning activist for non-violence died of self-immolation protest

A Tibetan man known for his non-violence activism self-immolated on the early morning of 16 April 2015 in the courtyard of his house and died. The self-immolation was staged in Adue Gyade Village in Ngaba County in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo.

According to reliable information received by TCHRD, the layman named Ney Kyab (also known as Damkar) 45, died of self-immolation to protest against China’s repressive policy in Tibet.

“Before burning himself in protest, he arranged the portraits of the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama and his family on a makeshift bench, offered them bowls of water and flowers; he then burned himself a few steps away from the makeshift altar,” according to the source. [Continue reading]

TCHRD condemns arbitrary detention of Tibetan writer Shok-jang

File photo: Shok-jang

File photo: Shok-jang

Early this month, exile Tibetan media organizations reported the detention of Tibetan writer Shok-jang aka Druk-lo in March this year. Shokjang’s detention was later confirmed when a Tibetan blogger named Jangda from Amdo shared a post on WeChat calling on the release of his writer friend: “My friend [Shok-jang] has not committed crime, bring him back.” According to information received by TCHRD, Shok-jang was arrested on 16 March 2015, days after the 56th anniversary of the 10 March Tibetan National Uprising Day of 1959. [Continue reading]

China: Release reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist monk on medical parole

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Today marks the 13th anniversary of Tulku Tenzin Delek’s arbitrary and unjust arrest on 7 April 2002. His arrest eventually led to life imprisonment. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is a revered Tibetan Buddhist lama from Lithang, Kardze, Kham, in present-day … [Continue reading]

Four Tibetans detained as crackdown continues on Tsenden Monastery

Choephel Dawa

Chinese authorities have detained four Tibetan men including three monks from the embattled Tsenden Monastery in Sog (Ch: Suo) County in Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), in the Tibetan province of Kham. According to the … [Continue reading]

‘I was criminalized for expressing my views’: Writer Tashi Rabten in a recent interview a year after release from prison

Tashi Rabten aka Theurang

Tashi Rabten is a Tibetan writer and poet  in the Tibetan province of Amdo, present-day Sichuan Province. He was released last year in March after serving a four-year sentence at Mianyang Prison in Sichuan. He was a student at the North-West … [Continue reading]

Monk detained and disappeared for keeping banned contents on mobile app

Lobsang Dawa

Chinese authorities are holding Lobsang Dawa, 38, a monk from Tsenden Monastery, at an undisclosed location because he is believed to have kept banned contents on his mobile messaging service in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region … [Continue reading]

Disappeared monk and thangka artist found secretly detained

Ngawang Gyaltsen was found detained after he was disappeared for a month.

Ngawang Gyaltsen, 41, a monk and accomplished thangka artist has been found secretly detained at a detention centre in Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Local Chinese police detained Ngawang Gyaltsen on 24 February this year … [Continue reading]

Monk released from prison after 15 years as crackdown continues on his monastery

Ngawang Gyurmey in a photo taken soon after his release from prison

As Tsenden Monastery reels under a severe crackdown with the number of cases of arbitrary detention peaking since 2013, a former monk of the monastery has been released after completing a 15-year prison sentence in Sog (Ch: Suo) County in Nagchu (Ch: … [Continue reading]

China detains seven Tibetan monks on uprising anniversary

Namgyal Tsultrim, a monk at Tsenden Monastery, has been detained for the third time since 2011.

Chinese police detained seven Tibetan monks from Tsenden Monastery in Sog (Ch: Suo) County in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). The monks were detained on 14 March, which coincided with the 2008 uprising anniversary when … [Continue reading]

TCHRD puts the spotlight on Tibet at ongoing UNHRC session in Geneva

Photo: OHCHR

From 9-13 March, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) had a team of two researchers at regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). Mr. Tenzin Nyinjey and Mr. John Gaudette, two senior researchers of the … [Continue reading]