Monk calls for love and harmony to prevail in last note before self-immolation

A copy of Lobsang Palden's last note

A monk from Kirti Monastery has become the 128th Tibetan to carry out self-immolation protest against Chinese government’s repressive policies in Tibet since 2009. In his last note, Lobsang Palden, 20, has called for love and harmony to prevail over … [Continue reading]

Cao Shunli’s death a huge blow to human rights movement in China

Cao Shunli: Defiant till the end

Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli (曹顺利) died in a Chinese military hospital on 14 March 2014. Only her family was allowed to view her body. Her brother Cao Yunli said he could not take a second look at his sister’s body that showed signs of … [Continue reading]

What Human Rights? Not even the Right to Bathe in Tibet!

In the movie 12 Years a Slave, which recently won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the cruelty and inhumanity of slavery was encapsulated in one memorable scene when a slave returns to the cotton plantation with a bar of soap. The slave makes a … [Continue reading]

TCHRD calls on China to respect lawful rights of detained senior monk


The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy has received information concerning the status and treatment of Khenpo Kartse, also known as Khenpo Karma Tsewang, who was arrested at 1 am on 7 December 2013. Khenpo Kartse is a popular senior … [Continue reading]

China announces unprecedented harsh measures to deter self-immolations in Tibet’s Dzoege County

The document issued by Dzeoge County government in Chinese

In April 2013, the local government in Dzoege (Ch: Ru-ergai) County in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture (Sichuan Province) announced that it was taking every man, woman, and child hostage. In a document recently smuggled out of … [Continue reading]

Obama could do more to make religious freedom a key objective of US foreign policy

Ngawang Jamyang in a photo taken in early 2000's.  The learned Buddhist scholar died in police custody less than a month after his arrest in December 2013

On Thursday morning just before Max Baucus was confirmed by the US Senate to be the next US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), President Obama addressed the annual National Prayer Breakfast. Obama recognized the National Prayer … [Continue reading]

Repression escalates in Tibet’s Diru County: Tibetan youth beaten to death, 2 others given heavy sentences and another disappeared

Dorje Dragtsel has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

A Tibetan youth has died in police custody soon after his arrest in Diru (Ch: Biru) County in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Konchok Dakpa, a youth from Chamram Village in Diru Township was held incommunicado for … [Continue reading]

TCHRD to organise Annual Human Rights Symposium on Tibet

Photo: Erik Törner/Tibet Sun

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) will be hosting the Annual Human Rights Symposium on Tibet at the Tibetan Youth Hostel in Bangalore, South India from 21 to 23 February 2014. The symposium will be attended by twenty-five Tibetan … [Continue reading]

Tibet high on agenda at ‘Human Rights Human Wrongs’ Film Fest


A documentary film on the state of the freedom of expression in Tibet will premiere at the ‘Human Rights Human Wrongs’ (‘HRHW’) film festival in Oslo, Norway this week marking the launch of the international leg of the ‘Banned Expression: Support … [Continue reading]

UN Expert Group must consider deaths caused by detention in Tibet

A 2001 of Geshe Ngawang Jamyang.

On 28 January 2014 the Intergovernmental Expert Group on the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners will meet for four days in Brasilia, Brazil. The United Nations General Assembly created the Expert Group to update the Standard … [Continue reading]