Monk faces uncertain future as he recovers from burn injuries


Less than a year after his self-immolation protest, Tibetan monk Dawa Tsering is now making good recovery from his burn injuries, but his future remains uncertain, a source with contacts in Tibet tells TCHRD today. "Dawa Tsering has got his life … [Continue reading]

Iron Hare 2011: Flames of Resistance

In 1998, the first self-immolation protest by a Tibetan took place in New Delhi, India, when Thupten Ngodup set himself on fire during a hunger strike organised by the Tibetan Youth Congress. In Tibet, on 27 February 2009, self-immolation as a form … [Continue reading]

Former Tibetan political prisoner in poor health after release

A Tibetan political prisoner who was released last year after serving a three-year sentence is in poor health with multiple medical complications, reported his niece, Nyidon, in a recent interview with TCHRD. Born in Kora Township in Karze (Chinese: … [Continue reading]

Monks beaten, detained, in Nyatso Zilkar Monastery raid

On Saturday, 1 September, China police forces raided Nyitso Zilkar Monastery in Zatoe (Chinese: Zaduo) town, Tridu (Chinese: Chenduo) County in Jyekundo (Chinese: Yushu), Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, and arbitrarily arrested five … [Continue reading]

Detentions continue as China cracks down on self-immolation

Lobsang Sangyak

A close cousin of a monk who died of self-immolation was among the two detained recently by Chinese security personnel in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. Both Tibetans, a monk and a … [Continue reading]

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]