Tibet Ranked ‘Least Free Place’ Once Again in Latest Freedom Index Report

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 2 March: Tibet, the country under the occupation of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is listed as “the least free place” in the world once again, scoring zero, the worst in eight years, in the watchdog group Freedom House’s latest global freedom index report released on 29 February.

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HRW Urges China: Release Detained Tibetans Amid Brutal Crackdown

DHARAMSALA, 29 Feb: The Human Rights Watch (HRW), a global rights watchdog, declared on Wednesday that Chinese authorities are particularly “brutal” in their response to protests by “Tibetans and other ethnic groups”, calling for the immediate release of hundreds of Tibetan monks and villagers who were detained for peacefully protesting the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Derge in Kham, Eastern Tibet, on the Dri Chu River.

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Amid Crackdown on Derge Dam Protest, China’s Leading Mining Company Gets Go-Ahead for Copper Mining Expansion in Tibet

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 28 Feb: Amid China’s brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in Derge, Tibet, mass arrests of Tibetans who staged peaceful protests against China’s hydroelectric dam project on the Drichu River, and the impending forced relocation, Beijing has now reportedly granted approval to Zijin Mining, a leading Chinese mining company, to proceed with its planned second-phase expansion of the Julong copper project. The mining site is located at the eastern lower mountain near the sacred Mount Kailash.

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9th International Tibet Support Conference Concludes in Brussels

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 26 Feb: The 9th International Conference of Tibet Support Group (TSG) concluded its three-day session held in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, on 25 February. Organised by the Tibet Interest Group from the European Parliament in partnership with the Belgium-based International Campaign for Tibet and facilitated by the Office of Tibet-Brussels and the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), over 170 members of TSG from 44 countries as well as heads of CTA attended the conference.

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Drichu Dam Protest: Tibetan Protests Unmask China’s Dual Narrative on Human Rights

DHARAMSALA, 23 Feb: Tibetans in Dharamsala, the exile headquarters of the Tibetan people, rallied in solidarity with Tibetans in Derge County in the Traditional Tibetan province of Kham, who have been protesting peacefully against China’s construction of a dam along the Drichu River. The protest, coordinated by prominent Tibetan NGOs based here, aims to amplify the voices of Tibetans in Derge who face forced displacement from their ancestral land and other forms of repression from Chinese authorities.

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‘Cycling For a Free Tibet’ Protest Rally Against China’s Rule Held in Taiwan

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 15 Feb: The Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan (HRNTT) organised the “Cycling for a Free Tibet” event in Taipei and Kaohsiung on Wednesday to draw attention to the Tibetan resistance movement against China’s rule and the human rights situation in Tibet ahead of the 65th Tibetan National Uprising day on 10th March.

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Tibetans Protest Against China’s Dam Project and Enforced Relocation in Kham Derge

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 15 Feb: Several hundred Tibetans from Derge in the Traditional Tibetan province of Kham gathered in front of Derge County’s administrative building on 14 February to protest against China’s planned construction of a hydropower project in the area. The Tibetans appealed to the authorities to cease the project and rescind its announcement calling for Tibetans in the area to relocate, clearing the land for the dam project.

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