Caught between a rock and a hard place

A Tibetan porter's personal account of the anguish, heartbreak and struggle he and other Tibetans faced on trying to re-enter Tibet. Their crime: attempting to attend the Kalachakra teachings in India. Tibetan porter, Trinley Norbu gives this … [Continue reading]

Zilkar Monastery monk detained

Tenzin Sherab

A monk from Nyatso Zilkar Monastery has been detained in Zatoe (Chinese: Zaduo) town, Tridu (Chinese: Chenduo) County in Jyekundo (Chinese: Yushu), Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. According to information received by TCHRD, monk … [Continue reading]

China sentences two Tibetan men to 7 1/2 years for sharing information

Lobsang Tashi

Two Tibetan men have been sentenced to seven years 6 months and seven years respectively by an Intermediate People's Court in Barkham (Chinese: Ma'erkang), capital of Ngaba, Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. A lay Tibetan, … [Continue reading]

Two teenage monks sentenced to 11 years and 8 years in prison

Lobsang Tsultrim

The Chinese authorities in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Prefecture, Sichuan Province, have sentenced two teenage Tibetan monks to 11 and 8 years in prison. In the beginning of September 2012, Lobsang Tsultrim, 19, a monk at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County … [Continue reading]

Monk “disappears” from hospital after police beatings

More details have emerged on the case of Tsering Gyaltsen, 40, a monk from Drango Monastery who was severely beaten and detained by security forces amid the crackdown that followed the 23 January 2012 protest in Drango (Chinese: Luhuo) County in … [Continue reading]

Drango Monastery monk sentenced, another presumed dead


Shonu, a monk and staff member of Drango Monastery, whose whereabouts were unknown since his arrest in February 2012, is in Mianyang Prison (Sichuan Province), a source with contacts in Tibet informed TCHRD. According to the source, Shonu, 42, was … [Continue reading]

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]