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The Nobel Committee awards 2010 Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident
The Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee announced that imprisoned writer Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 peace prize on October 8, 2010, making him the first Chinese ever to win the prestigious prize. Below are statements from the Dalai Lama, Tibetan government in exile, ICT reports and ICT Blogs on this event.
Statement from His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "Awarding the prize to Liu Xiaobo is the international community's recognition of the increasing voices among the Chinese people in pushing China towards political, legal and constitutional reforms... I would like to renew my call to the government of China to release Mr. Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience." More . . .
Press Statement from the Kashag (Cabinet) of the Central Tibetan Administration: "The whole of China should be proud of this singular honor bestowed on one of her sons . . . . We Tibetans pray that Mr. Liu Xiaobo will be able to receive the well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize in person on December 10." More . . .
ICT Report: ICT celebrates Liu Xiaobo's win of the Nobel Peace Prize
ICT Report: "China's conscience" favorite to win Nobel Peace Prize: In this report released on October 7, ICT discusses Liu's writings on Tibet. In 2000, Liu wrote an article endorsing the Dalai Lama's position on autonomy for Tibet within the Peoples Republic of China, and in March 2008, Liu Xiaobo's was one of the original signatories of a 12-point petition to the Chinese authorities calling for dialog between the Chinese government and Dalai Lama. Read the complete report . . .
Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo: Why China Matters? - ICT Blog
Governments' reaction to Liu Xiaobo's peace prize - ICT Blog
The Dalai Lama in the U.S.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in San Francisco, California on October 11, 2010 to begin a 16-day visit to the United States and Canada. His Holiness is scheduled to visit California, Georgia, Ohio, Toronto (Canada) and Florida during this trip. Read more about the visit . . .
ICT Report: Nepalese police seize ballot boxes from Tibetan exile election
In a dramatic development in Kathmandu on October 3, armed Nepalese police in riot gear seized exile Tibetan ballot boxes in the election of their new Prime Minister and Parliament in exile. Permission had effectively been given by the Nepalese authorities for the election involving nearly 9,000 Tibetans, but police stormed the three centers in the midst of the voting to seize the ballot boxes. According to Tibetan sources in touch with prominent Nepalese rights advocates, the Chinese embassy in Nepal had instructed the Nepalese Home Ministry to stop the election. Read the complete report . . .
Villagers block work on dam in Driru County
Radio Free Asia reported on September 30 that local Tibetans have challenged Chinese work crews trying to build a dam near a mountain considered sacred by area residents. The mountain, called Lhachen Naglha Dzambha, rises in Driru [Chinese: Biru] county in Nagchu Prefecture, TAR. Chinese authorities have accused local Tibetan villagers with separatism for opposing the building of a dam and the situation is very tense. Read the complete story . . .
Tibetan sentenced to 4 years in prison in Ngaba
According to exile sources, on September 25, the Ngaba County Intermediate People's Court sentenced a Tibetan man, Dhonko Gyakpa, to four years in prison for concealing and providing shelter to another Tibetan, Chodhar. Chinese authorities had placed a reward of 300,000 Chinese Yuan for information on Chodhar who was finally nabbed from Dhonkho Gyakpa's house in August 2009, after spending a year in hiding. Read the complete story . . .
Editor of Tibetan Journal arrested in Chengdu
Joleb Dawa, from Tagkatsang Village in Ngaba County was arrested in Chengdu on October 1, 2010, according to exile sources. Dawa was a teacher at a Tibetan school in Ngaba and the editor of the Journal "Dhusrab Kyi Nga". The exact charges against Dawa are not known but it is believed the arrest is linked to the Journal as two other Tibetans associated with the journal had earlier been arrested and are currently under detention. Read the complete story . . .
Heavy sentences for two Drepung monks
On October 7, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy [TCHRD] reported that in June 2010, the Lhasa Intermediate People's Court sentenced two monks from Drepung Monastery, Jampel Wangchuk and Kunchok Nyima, to life imprisonment and 20 years in prison respectively, for taking part in the Tibet protests of March 2008. Read the complete story . . .
From the ICT Blog:
China Highlights Tibetan Democracy - October 6, 2010
Tibetan Democracy in Action: Phase One - October 1, 2010
Contemporary Tibetan art making a statement in Beijing
- September 22, 2010
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