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]

TAR Propaganda Chief Stresses Protecting Official Secrets in Tibet

  The propaganda chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has, in a speech at a seminar held on 11 July 2012 in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, emphasized the importance of 'strengthening the concept … [Continue reading]

Kirti monk ‘disappears’ after arrest in Ngaba

A monk at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Prefecture, Sichuan Province has 'disappeared' since his arbitrary arrest last month. Lobsang Tsering, aged 21, was arrested on 26 June 2012 at his monastery by the Public Security Bureau personnel … [Continue reading]

‘Disappeared’ Kirti monk sentenced to 3 yrs on unknown charges

A Tibetan monk who went missing for eight months after his arrest has been sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment. According to information received by sources in the first week of July 2012, Lodoe, a 36-yr-old monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba (Ch: … [Continue reading]