Democracy in Exile – 2012 Report

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2012 Report: Democracy in Exile

The democratization process of Tibetan society in exile has been ongoing since the 1960s, with the Dalai Lama as its driving force and architect. This process culminated in the landmark decision of 2011, when the Dalai Lama formally announced his … [Continue reading]

NGO’s forcible closure drives founder into exile

One of the founders of a Tibetan grassroots organization that was forcibly shuttered in late 2010 by the Chinese authorities in Gansu Province has escaped into exile after spending a year and a half under constant surveillance. … [Continue reading]

China detains more monks in Ngaba County

Details are trickling out on arbitrary detentions of more monks amid an ongoing crackdown in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County, the site of most number of self-immolations in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. … [Continue reading]

Senior monk sentenced to 7 years for sharing information

An undated photograph of Yonten Gyatso in his prison uniform.

A senior Tibetan monk who went missing for eight months since his arbitrary arrest last October has been sentenced to seven years in prison for 'sharing pictures of nun Tenzin Wangmo and information related to her self-immolation protest with … [Continue reading]

Tsodun Monastery Crackdown: Arbitrary Detention of Five Young Monks

Five young monks were detained during night-time raids at Gyalrong Tsodun Monastery in Barkham (Chinese: Ma'erkang) County in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. … [Continue reading]

Note left by mother of three emerges months after self-immolation


A mother of three who died of self-immolation on 30 May 2012 left behind a note calling on fellow Tibetans to cultivate merit andpreserve Tibetan culture for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet before setting herself on fire. … [Continue reading]

Tibetan sentenced to four years, another to two years

Two Tibetans were sentenced to four years and two years’ prison terms on unknown dates in connection with protests that occurred in January 2012 in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and QiangAutonomous Prefecture, Sichuan … [Continue reading]

Young Tibetan nomad sets himself on fire

Taking the toll of self-immolation protests to three in less than a week, one more Tibetan, a young Tibetan nomad, set himself on fire in Meruma township in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), Sichuan Province this morning. “A 24-year old Tibetan man, Choepa … [Continue reading]

Tibetan self-immolator dies of burn injuries, family questioned

Ngawang Norphel, a lay Tibetan who self-immolated on 20 June 2012 passed away on 1 August 2012, more than one month after setting himself on fire, and his family is now being threatened and investigated by the Chinese authorities in … [Continue reading]