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The Tibet Update eNewsletter is a bimonthly summary of news and governmental actions related to Tibet. Past issues in PDF format are located at http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/tibet-weekly-updates/.
The Dalai Lama in Australia
On June 14, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Parliament in Canberra for a series of meetings with members from all of Australia’s major political parties. His Holiness addressed a parliamentary reception attended by over 80 MPs, Senators, and Advisers. Read More >>
House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Tibet, Burma and North Korea
On June 2, 2011, the U.S. House of Representative’s Foreign Affairs Committee convened a hearing on “Religious Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: Status of Implementation of the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002, Block Burmese JADE act, and North Korean Human Right Act.” ICT’s Chairman Richard Gere testified on Tibet – his full testimony is available here.
ICT Report: Fears for future of Kirti monastery; UN seeks answers
According to new information received by ICT, paramilitary occupation of Kirti monastery continues and monks have been leaving Kirti monastery in recent months due to the climate of fear created by the presence of troops blockading the monastery, the risks of disappearance, torture and detention. Read More >>
ICT Report: Official celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the “Peaceful Liberation of Tibet”: Attendees and Absentees
Reports in China’s official media indicate that no one from the central government attended important celebrations held in Lhasa on May 23 to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the “17-point Agreement,” a key treaty between the Chinese and Tibetan governments routinely cited by the Chinese authorities as the main legal and moral cornerstone of Beijing’s authority in Tibet. Read More >>
New video of Tibet protests
A new video of a group of Tibetan monks carrying out a peaceful protest in eastern Tibet was released by the Central Tibetan Administration on June 8, 2011. The video shows protests that were carried out on May 8, 2010 in Nyagrong, Kham Province, an area that has a huge population of Chinese immigrants. Read More >>
Freedom House includes Tibet among countries suffering worst human rights abuses
Freedom House, an independent U.S.-based watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world, released “Worst of the Worst 2011: The World’s Most Repressive Societies,” its annual report identifying the world’s most flagrant human rights abusers, at a June 1 press conference during the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read More >>
ICT Report: Crackdown in Ngaba: monks detained for giving wrong answers in ‘patriotic education’
A climate of fear continues in the Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) area in Sichuan province. Two monks from Kirti living in India said that special police forces are maintaining their blockade of Kirti monastery and holding ‘patriotic education’ meetings where, “they ask lots of questions, and when the monks cannot give the answers that the officials want to hear on many issues, it seems that they are arresting them.” Read More >>
TIBET IN EXILE:
ICT Report: Tibetan exiles set a democratic course as Dalai Lama devolves formal political responsibilities to elected leadership
On May 29, His Holiness the Dalai Lama ratified amendments to the governing Charter presented to him by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile that devolve his political powers to democratically elected leadership headed by a chief minister or Kalon Tripa. Read More >>
An Open Door for Tibet?
In an Op-ed, published in the Wall Street Journal, by ICT President, Mary Beth Markey writes, “Every day, Tibetans risk their lives to speak up for the Dalai Lama’s return and against Chinese policies that constrain their free access to their spiritual leader. But Beijing so far hasn’t budged … So, it’s interesting that a Communist Party official said last week that the door is open for the Dalai Lama to go home anytime he likes subject to certain conditions, of course.” The full article can be read on SaveTibet.org.
ICT Report: Nepal’s human rights review; concern for Tibetan Refugee Community
On Tuesday June 7, 2011 the 17th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council met in Geneva for the adoption of Nepal’s final report on its Universal Periodic Review (UPR). International delegates raised concerns over Nepal’s treatment of its Tibetan refugee population and the growing influence China has in the matter. Read More >>
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