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]

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]