Monk detained and disappeared for keeping banned contents on mobile app

Lobsang Dawa

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 (TAR).

According to exile Tibetan media sources, Lobsang Dawa was detained on the night of 20 March from his monastic quarter and taken into police custody without any explanation. The monk’s whereabouts remains unknown. [Continue reading]

Monk and thangka artist found secretly detained after disappeared for a month

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

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 by local police at a detention centre in Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

Local Chinese police detained Ngawang Gyaltsen on 24 February this year without the knowledge of his family members who thought he had disappeared. Sustained efforts by local Tibetans in the area led to the revelation that the monk has been in police custody in Nagchu.

No one knows the exact reason behind the monk’s detention. [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]

TCHRD highlights human rights violations in Tibet at ongoing UNHRC session

TCHRD senior researcher John Gaudette along with  Professor Heiner Bielefeld, Derek Brett, and Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu at side event organised by IFOR at the UN in Geneva.

Every year the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has three regular sessions. The session in March is usually the most important. The March session is attended by top government officials and more NGOs than the other sessions. To accommodate … [Continue reading]

Freedom of peaceful assembly under attack: Tibetan monk detained for non-violent protest

Gedun Phuntsok

A teenage Tibetan monk has become the latest target of China’s consistent and systematic attacks on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in Tibet. Gedun Phuntsok, 18, a monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County was detained on 8 March for … [Continue reading]

Tibetan mother dies in self-immolation protest: Body quickly cremated for fear of seizure by police

Norchug died of self-immolation protest in Ngaba County

A mother of three died of self-immolation protest and was cremated in rush for fear of the body’s seizure by local Chinese police in Tibet. Norchug, 47, set herself alight in protest and died on the evening of 5 March which coincided with Chotrul … [Continue reading]

TCHRD report documents crisis of maternal and child health in Tibet

Health Cover- 1

On 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 … [Continue reading]

South Africa should stand with Dalai Lama and Tibetan political prisoners

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 … [Continue reading]