TCHRD releases 2013 Annual Report and Special Report on Re-education Through Labor

Cover of 2013 Annual Report

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Annual Report on the human rights situation in Tibet and ‘Gulags of Tibet’, a special report on Re-education Through Labour (Ch: laojiao) system … [Continue reading]

Tibetan writer Kunga Tsayang released from prison after 5 years

Kunga Tsayang acknowledges local Tibetans gathered to receive him in his hometown in Chikdril County.

Writer, essayist, blogger, chronicler, environmentalist and amateur photographer Kunga Tsayang has been released after serving almost five years’ of imprisonment for allegedly writing political essays criticizing Chinese policies in … [Continue reading]

Death in detention: Monk exposes China’s failure to protect Tibetans’ right to life

Nyima Dakpa Kyeri in a photo taken in early 1990s.

Nyima Dakpa Kyeri was a monk at Tawu Nyitso Monastery in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. As a monk he studied among other things Tibetan history. Studying Tibetan history showed Nyima Dakpa how life in Tibet had … [Continue reading]

A year after arrest, monk sentenced to 6 years in prison over self-immolation

Undated photo of Gedun Gyatso (Top left) and four other monks arrested last year in Bora.

A Tibetan monk has been sentenced to six years in prison over self-immolation protest, more than a year after his arrest in Sangchu (Ch: Xiahe) County in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. According to reliable … [Continue reading]

Extrajudicial detention still a major issue despite RTL abolition

masanjia diary

On Saturday 28 December 2013, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee voted to abolish Re-education Through Labor (RTL; Ch: laojiao).  This fulfills the promise the People’s Republic of China made in the 3rd Plenum Decision on 15 November … [Continue reading]

Mao’s legacy in Tibet

Mao Zedong

On 26 December 2013, China held a grand celebration to commemorate the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong (毛澤東). This involves a careful balance for Xi Jinping and other members of the Chinese Communist Party, who hope to exploit Mao Zedong’s rhetoric and … [Continue reading]

Diru Crackdown: Three Tibetans sent to prison for up to 13 years, singer gets 9 years in prison

Choekyap has been sentenced to 13 years in prison

Chinese authorities have sentenced three Tibetan men to prison on charges of allegedly “attempting to split the Chinese nation” in the troubled Diru (Ch: Biru) County in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region. According to … [Continue reading]

[Updated]Tibetan monk dies of self-immolation, calls for unity among Tibetans in last note

Tsultrim Gyatso

[Warning: Graphic images in this post] A Tibetan monk died of self-immolation protest today calling for unity among Tibetans and the return of the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Amchok (Ch: Amuqu) town in Sangchu (Ch: … [Continue reading]

Diru Crackdown: Senior Tibetan Buddhist scholar beaten to death in police custody

Senior Buddhist master and scholar Ngawang Jamyang

China’s relentless crackdown in Diru (Ch: Biru) County in the name of Xi Jinping’s ‘mass line’ policy has claimed another Tibetan life, even as sources from Tibet continue to report on increasing number of arbitrary arrests and secret … [Continue reading]

Video exposé of PAP violence reinforces Tibetan grievances

PAP soldiers arrive in Diru County in October 2013 to clamp down on protests staged by Tibetans. (Photo: RFA)

Earlier this year, TCHRD released a manual from the People’s Armed Police (PAP) that described how many members of the PAP are suffering from nightmares and flashbacks as a result of the treatment they inflicted upon Tibetans in 2008.  Now, a video … [Continue reading]