In an act driven by the anguish of oppression and separation from the exiled Dalai Lama, over 140 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in Tibet and China in one of the biggest waves of self-immolation as political protest globally in the past 60 years.
Since President Xi Jinping’s assumption of leadership on March 13, 2013, the crackdown across Tibet has deepened, particularly in areas where there have been self-immolations or unrest.
Since the unrest in 2008 and crackdown in Tibet, the Chinese authorities have adopted a harsher approach to suppressing dissent and there has been a significant spike in the number of Tibetanpolitical prisoners taken in Tibetan areas of the PRC. There is also evidence that since 2008 torture has become more widespread and directed at […]
Since Xi Jinping assumed full power in China on March 13, 2013, the crackdown across Tibet has deepened, particularly in areas where there have been self-immolations or unrest. Policies and measures that undermine Tibetan culture and religion that led to the protests and instability in the first place have been strengthened, while the ‘unbearable oppression’ […]
The Chinese government’s implementation of state religious policy is particularly harsh in Tibet.Tibetan Buddhism is an integral element of Tibetan identity and Tibetan nationalism and therefore, is perceived as a potential threat to the unity of the country and the authority of theCommunist Party, which requires Chinese citizens to ‘love the country’ above all else. […]
The Dalai Lama is believed to be the manifestation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the protector deity of Tibet, who chooses to re-incarnate to serve and help ease the suffering of the people. The successive Dalai Lamas, from the fifth to the present 14th, served as both the temporal leader of the Tibetan […]
Little is reliably known about which individuals and institutions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are ultimately responsible for formulating and implementing government policy in Tibet. Instead, China’s complex and factionalized pow-er structures are almost entirely opaque on the question of Tibet, and the relevant government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials remain entirely […]
For centuries, Tibet – a vast high altitude plateau between China and India – remained remote from the rest of the world with a widely dispersed population of nomads, farmers, monks and traders. In 1949, following the foundation of the Chinese Communist state, the People’s Liberation Army invaded Tibet and soon overpowered its poorly equipped […]
Tibet was traditionally comprised of three main regions: Amdo (northeastern Tibet), Kham (eastern Tibet) and U-Tsang (central and western Tibet). The Tibet Autonomous Region was established by the Chinese government in 1965 and covers the area of Tibet west of the Yangtse River (Tibetan: Drichu), including part of Kham. The rest of Amdo and Kham […]
His Holiness the Dalai Lama His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet. Since the Chinese invasion of 1959, the Dalai Lama has continuously initiated a process of peaceful dialogue and negotiation with Chinese officials. In 1979, he announced a “Middle Way Approach” to resolve the Tibetan issue in […]