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

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 staging a peaceful protest calling for the return ...

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Two Tibetan artists receive harsh sentences, severe fines for creation of Tibetan music

Two prominent members of the Tibetan folk music industry have been given harsh prison sentences and heavy fines for their involvement in the making of Tibetan folk music in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, according to sources in Tibet. On 27 November, well-known ...

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[GUEST POST] The past in the way of the present: Ruminations on Pema Tseten’s movie Old Dog

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) presents one of the most comprehensive and insightful reviews ever done on the critically acclaimed Tibetan feature film Khyi rgan (“Old Dog”), written and directed by Pema Tseten. Old Dog was screened and discussed at TCHRD’s annual human rights symposium early ...

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Tibet raised at the 27th session of UN Human Rights Council

As the Human Rights Council discussed situations that require the Council’s attention, several NGOs raised their concern on the urgent and deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet. This morning, Tsering Tsomo, speaking on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP_Tibet_Statement), highlighted the recent shooting in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan ...

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Extrajudicial detention still a major issue despite RTL abolition

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On Saturday 28 December 2013, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee voted to abolish Re-education Through Labor (RTL; Ch: laojiao).  This fulfills the promise the People’s Republic of China made in the 3rd Plenum Decision on 15 November 2013 to abolish the 56 year old Chinese system of gulags that ...

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Prominent political prisoner in critical condition on release after 17 years

A prominent Tibetan political prisoner, Jigme Gyatso, 52, was released recently after completing his 17 years’ prison term, according to exile Tibetan sources. After his release, he is said to be in poor health struggling with multiple medical problems including weak eyesight, heart complications, kidney disorder and difficulty walking: all ...

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