Two Tibetans are facing multiple years in a Chinese prison on charges of “subversion” and “leaking state secrets” after they composed and circulated a song in praise of the Dalai Lama.
Culture and religion
Five years after the renowned monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died in a Chinese prison, new restrictions have been imposed on Tibetans in his hometown of Lithang to prevent them from noting the occasion.
In this oped published on the occasion of the 85th birthday of the Dalai Lama, ICT’s EU policy director Vincent Metten warns that China’s plan to interfere in the Tibetan spiritual leader succession is likely to cause great unrest in Tibet with the potential to destabilize the surrounding region.
One of the most beautiful symbols of Tibetan culture and religion is forcibly coming down as part of China’s efforts to destroy the traditions and way of life inside Tibet.
The International Campaign for Tibet is concerned about reports of construction at the UNESCO World Heritage-protected Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
In recent weeks, even as the coronavirus outbreak in Ngaba area showed some signs of improving, Tibetans in the region were shocked to learn about the phasing out of Tibetan as the language of instruction from their primary and middle schools in favor of Mandarin.
On the occasion of the 31st birthday of the Panchen Lama, the Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo monastery has sent a special message to ICT supporters.
Merely listening to teachings by the Dalai Lama on their phone landed a 75-year-old man and his son in custody late last year in Tibet, where the Chinese government routinely violates Tibetans’ religious freedom.
Amid continued efforts to bolster its image internationally and indicate a sense of normalcy after the Coronavirus crisis, Chinese authorities have announced the reopening of some monasteries around the Tibetan capital Lhasa to the public, starting today.
Momentum is continuing to build in Europe in support of Tibetans’ right to select their own religious leaders—and against China’s efforts to cut Tibet off from the outside world.