Articles by: Tenzin Gaphel

Former Tibetan political prisoner smuggles list of fellow prisoners into exile

DHARAMSALA, Aug 13: A former Tibetan political prisoner who arrived in India recently has smuggled a list of 45 Tibetans who were arrested during and after the 2008 Tibetan Uprising.

Rescuers worked around an overturned tour bus after it fell off a cliff in Tibet. Credit Chogo/Xinhua, via Associated Press

44 Dead in Tour Bus Crash in Tibet

[The New York Times] BEIJING, Aug 10: A tour bus careened off a highway in Tibet in a crash that killed 44 people and injured 11, China’s state news media reported on Sunday.

Photo: TYC

45th TYC Working Committee Meeting kicks off in Gangtok

DHARAMSALA, Aug 12: Over a hundred participants from Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) Regional Chapters in India, Nepal and Bhutan have gathered in Gangtok, Sikkim for the 45th Tibetan Youth Congress Working Committee Meeting.

Local Tibetans lining up the path to welcome Lama Dawa Rinpoche.

China allows banned Tibetan lama to visit his monastery

DHARAMSALA, Aug 11: In an unusual move, a senior Tibetan spiritual teacher who has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and barred from maintaining any contacts with his monastery in connection with the search of the monastery’s spiritual head has been allowed to return to his monastery and conduct teachings.

The opencast coal mine in Muli, Qinghai province, run by the Kingho Energy Group. Photograph: Wu Haitao/Greenpeace

Illegal coal mine encroaching on nature reserve in north-west China

Jonathan Kaiman, The Gaurdian|August 7, 2014

Coalfield 14 times the size of the City of London turns alpine meadows into craters in Qinghai, Greenpeace investigation reveals

Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong

Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong

Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books| August 7, 2014 In recent months, China has been beset by growing ethnic violence. In Tibet, 125 people have set themselves on fire since the suppression of 2008 protests over the country’s ethnic policies. In the Muslim region of Xinjiang, there have been a series of attacks by militants against Chinese rule; […]

Terror fear? China city bans beards, veils in buses

[TNN] BEIJING, Aug 7: In perhaps first such instance in China, a city in the country’s restive Xinjiang region has banned beards and burka or veils worn by Muslim women within days of a major terrorist attack and subsequent police action that killed nearly 100 people in the bordering Kashgar area of the same province.

Eight Tibetans sentenced up to 9 years’ imprisonment

DHARAMSALA, Aug 7: Chinese authorities in eastern Tibet have sentenced eight Tibetans up to 9 years of imprisonment over their alleged involvement in the explosion of a police station in 2012, reports, the exile Tibetan administration’s official website.

Tibetan group seeks release of ‘abetting’ accused

[TNN] SHIMLA, Aug 6: International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), a Tibet advocacy group based in the US, has released a special report titled “Acts of significant evil: The criminalisation of Tibetan self-immolations,” documenting the wave of self-immolations in Tibet and the intensified response of the Chinese government.

Visit to Dalai Lama’s abode is tourists’ nightmare

Vishal Gulati, IANS|August 5, 2014

MCLEOD GANJ: The road to Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s abode passes through hell. Foreigners and domestic tourists coming to this north Indian hill town, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, for an audience with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate find the road disappearing under the wheels of the vehicle they are travelling in.